On Jan. 24, a small group of people met at the Drumheller Health Centre for their 2018 organizational meeting. The Drumheller Area Health Foundation sat down and plotted out their future spending needs, as well as how to pay for them.
First up, said Foundation Administrator Linda Ames, is a new set of wheelchairs for the hospital.
"We're looking at two small one, for juveniles. We're looking for a bariatric one for a larger-sized person. The rest are normal-sized wheelchairs. Ten to thirty wheelchairs is what we want, so the goal is $30,000."
The next two goals are ICU-related, pointed out Ames.
"We have four beds in our ICU, and they haven't been replaced since 2000," explained Ames. "We really would like to get some state-of-the-arts beds for that area. We're still trying to get some pricing so it's pretty vague right now, but it looks like it's going to be about $25,000 per bed."
Finally, Ames hopes to help out a new doctor at the hospital who needs a special ventilator to really show off his skills. The price tag on that ventilator? $36,000.
"We've got a doctor that specializes in internal medicine and we're able to take a higher level of care right now that requires that kind of attention," revealed Ames. "All the anesthesiologists at the hospital have agreed that they'll be willing to supervise this ventilator 24 hours a day, every day. It's really going to be a God-sent for the hospital."
Anyone interested in donating to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation can contribute through the website, can stop by on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the hospital, or can leave their donation with hospital staff.