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New freezer will help Sechelt Hospital store specialized medications

Recent donation to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation fills a crucial need
C.Specialized Freezer
Royal Arch Freemasons’s members Errol Lipschitz (left) and Neil Caravan (right) present a cheque for $7,525 to Nicholas Boon (middle), Pharmacy Manager at Sechelt Hospital.

As the Sunshine Coast population continues to grow, Sechelt Hospital’s Pharmacy department has faced increasing demands for a growing inventory of medications, some of which require proper storage in a freezer. The hospital pharmacy approached Sechelt Hospital Foundation for a pharmaceutical grade freezer.

In early 2022, the Hospital Foundation was contacted by the Keystone of Life Foundation and members of the Royal Arch Freemasons, affiliated with the Masonic Lodge in Roberts Creek, who wanted to support our local hospital with an important piece of medical equipment.

With the increasing demands on the health care system, including the Maternity Unit at Sechelt Hospital, the chances of higher risk deliveries grows on the Sunshine Coast. Specialized medications are required to help with some premature infant deliveries. These medications require storage in a pharmaceutical grade freezer to maintain product efficacy and integrity. The purchase of this equipment allows for proper storage and safety of frozen medication products. An additional benefit to the hospital population is the future storage of new and emerging products such as COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please consider making a contribution to Sechelt Hospital Foundation. Donations will go to the area of greatest need. Please direct your calls or emails to: Jane Macdonald, Executive Director 604-885-8637 or sh.foundation@vch.ca. To make a donation, please visit: www.SecheltHospitalFoundation.org. Charitable Registration Number: 88915-7194-RR-0001.