The Rexall Foundation recently made a $20,000 donation to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to support the purchase of a ventilator for the neonatal intensive care unit.
The sophisticated piece of equipment helps infants breathe who are unable to do so on their own due to underdeveloped lungs.
“We’re proud to make a contribution that has such a positive impact on the most fragile babies in the NICU at Victoria General Hospital,” said Atul Sachdeva, regional director for Rexall.
“Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority for the Rexall Foundation, and we know this advanced ventilator can help hundreds of babies survive and grow to be strong and healthy children.”
Every year more than 500 babies are born prematurely at Victoria General Hospital and require the high-level care provided in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Victoria General Hospital is the region’s pediatric specialty hospital and operates the only high-level neonatal intensive care unit outside the Lower Mainland.