NEWS RELEASE

May 17, 2018

Carpenters Union Local 579 Donate $70,000 to Cardiac Care 

(L-r) Dr. Sean Connors, Clinical Chief, Provincial Cardiac Care Program; Bill Hedlund, Carpenters Union Local 579; Neil Mulrooney, Carpenters Union Local 579; Carmella Butland; Development Manager, Health Care Foundation; Bernard Collins, Director, Health Care Foundation Board of Directors; David Jones, Secretary, Health Care Foundation Board of Directors; Sharon Gregory, Division Manager, CVICU and CCU; Mike Williams, Carpenters Union Local 579; Ivan Gedge, President of Carpenters Union Local 579 and Regional Manager for Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers, Newfoundland and Labrador; Dr. Corey Adams, Cardiac Surgeon; and Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation.

 

St. John’s, NL – The Health Care Foundation recognized the Carpenters Union Local 579, today for their dedication to improving cardiac care here at home. Thanks to a donation of $70,000, a new Thromboelastography (TEG) Machine will be purchased for the cardiac surgery division which will contribute directly to the care of patients requiring blood transfusion services during a procedure.

“On behalf of the Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank the Carpenter’s Union, Local 579 for their incredible generosity and commitment to improving health care here at home,” said Debbie Patten, Chair, Health Care Foundation Board of Directors. “Cardiac Care is so prominent in our province, so it is inspiring to see the hardworking men and women of the Carpenter’s Union step up and help enhance cardiac care for the one in three people in this province impacted by cardiac disease.” 

The TEG Machine tests a patient’s blood to quickly identify the appropriate blood products that may be needed during a cardiac procedure. By identifying the exact blood products needed, patients receive only what they need, which improves their own outcomes and helps conserve blood products. 

“In medicine, technology is always changing and needing to be updated to ensure we can meet the needs of our patients,” said Dr. Sean Connors, Clinical Chief, Provincial Cardiac Care Program. “In a province where cardiac issues are so prominent, it is important to have the most innovative and enhanced equipment. This gift will truly help save lives and improve outcomes for hundreds of patients.”

The Carpenters Union Local 579 is a long-time partner of the Health Care Foundation, investing in projects like the Cardiac Catherization Laboratories and Integrated Operating Suites.

“So many members of the Carpenter’s Union Local 579 are impacted by heart disease,” said Ivan Gedge, President of Carpenters Union Local 579 and Regional Manager for Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers, Newfoundland and Labrador. “The Carpenter’s Union is active in community giving, so it just made sense for us to invest in a program and equipment that will lead to better care for our members living with heart disease, as well as better care for the people of this province.”

For more information about the Health Care Foundation and its donors, please visit www.healthcarefoundation.ca

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Senior Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation
jackie.obrien@healthcarefoundation.ca
T: (709) 777-5906
C: (709) 743-3127

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