What began with a “stretcher push” six years ago will culminate tomorrow with the grand opening of the $12.2-million Phase IV renovations at La Verendrye Hospital here.
It certainly is reason to celebrate—not just for the quality “care close to home” now offered by our state-of-the-art facility, but also the tremendous response by district residents to help fund the renovations.
After all, while the shovel went into the ground in the spring of 2004, the real work began back in June, 2000 when the daunting task of raising some $3.5 million for the local share of the project was launched in earnest.
First there was the “stretcher push,” in which teams of six pushed a stretcher two kilometres at a time from Rainy River to Fort Frances. Then there were a myriad of other fundraising ventures, spearheaded by both the Riverside Foundation for Health Care and the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, over the years.
Thanks to their efforts, and the overwhelming generosity of district residents and service clubs, La Verendrye now boasts “second to none” operating rooms, a new emergency department, as well as renovated areas for the renal dialysis unit, laboratory, diagnostic imaging department, day surgery, and the sterile processing and distribution department.
Everyone involved with the fundraising efforts deserves high praise, as do the hospital staff who continued to provide top-notch care to patients despite all the disruptions caused by the renovations.
Tomorrow, the entire district rightfully can pat itself on the back. Tomorrow truly is a day to celebrate.