Hospital spruce-up campaign gets major shot in the arm

Victoria's Mount St. Mary Hospital receives sizable donation

John Newman

John Newman

A campaign to address daily wear-and-tear at Mount St. Mary Hospital got a major boost this week with a sizeable donation to the Mount St. Mary Foundation.

On Wednesday, John Nash, honorary chair of the foundation’s Room to Care campaign, accepted a $150,000 cheque from the estate of Thora Duncan. Her mother lived at the old Mount St. Mary Hospital when the facility was located at Vancouver and Burdette streets.

The Room to Care campaign is raising money to repair holes, gouges and scuffs that have resulted from residents navigating power wheelchairs around their rooms and elsewhere in the facility.

The $900,000 project will also see little-used desks swapped for more versatile dressers, and include the replacement of damaged heaters and worn-out hospital equipment such as beds, mattresses and patient lift slings.

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