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Hospital phone fund established

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Imagine being in the hospital and not able to talk to loved ones over the telephone.

Well, that’s exactly the case at the year-old acute care wing at the new Rainy River Health Centre.

Two weeks ago, the family of the late Pearl Desjardine appealed to the community to help establish a fund to have phone service placed in three acute care rooms.

The response has been good, Desjardine’s daughter, Susan, said Monday. “I am just thrilled with the response!”

Corey Lindal, owner of True Value in Rainy River, said that when the Desjardines pitched the idea of a fund to the local Legion, he saw an opportunity to help the efforts.

True Value sold hotdogs and pop for $1.50 during Railroad Daze last year, donating all the proceeds to the hospital. This year, Lindal said he called the hospital and asked if the money raised could be specifically used for acute care phones.

“There has to be some form of communication for acute care patients,” said Lindal, who noted Pearl’s son, who lives out west, could not talk to his mom before she passed away because there wasn’t a phone in her room.

True Value also will be raffling off the barbecue used to cook the hotdogs, with all the money being donated to the phone fund in Pearl’s name.

Desjardine said the family was upset they could not designate the money for a specific project when they first inquired about it. “We were told it had to go to the hospital fund,” she remarked.

But that tune changed after a letter to the editor appeared in the Rainy River Record two weeks ago.

Desjardines and Lindal said they both spoke to Tammy McNally at the hospital, who informed them a phone fund now is in place, and that anyone wishing to make donations could do so.

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