Local Businesses Go Above and Beyond for Health Care
HyLife Donates $750,000 To Support Health Centres During Challenging Times
HyLife Foods, with its main processing facility based in Neepawa, is contributing a total of $750,000 to support local hospitals in six communities —where they have operational facilities. Within Prairie Mountain Health region, donations have been made to Neepawa Health Centre and the Killarney Foundation (in support of Tri-Lake Health Centre/Bayside PCH) in Killarney totaling $350,000 between the two communities.
“It is important that we do our part to take care of our communities,” said Grant Lazaruk, HyLife’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We don’t want to take our current situation in Manitoba for granted and as a company we encourage our communities to remain diligent in practicing the physical distancing guidelines. We want to help ensure our hospitals have the supplies and tools needed to keep our communities safe.”
Neepawa Health Centre is receiving a donation of $250,000. Care Team Manager Jocelyn Scheper is sincerely appreciative of the contribution.
“On behalf of all of us at Prairie Mountain Health, including our physicians— and the patients, residents and clients we serve —we are sincerely grateful for the commitment HyLife Foods has made to Neepawa Health Centre.
Neepawa Health Centre plays a very important role in the provision of care within our health region, and this outstanding financial donation will further enhance our ability to provide services closer to home.
At this time, we are establishing a list of priority equipment items that can further benefit Neepawa Health Centre. We will further evaluate what we can specifically target the HyLife donation towards and will make another announcement in the near future.”
The Killarney Foundation Board received a donation of $100, 000. The funding will be put towards the Hospital Washroom Renovation Project, which is underway at the Tri-Lake Health Centre.
Killarney/Cartwright Care Team Manager Shawn Lockhart says coupled with the commitment from the Killarney Foundation, these funds will allow the ongoing renovation project to continue.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation. We already have money set aside for our washroom renovations on the acute care ward, as none of them allow for walker or wheelchair access. Anything left over will be used for other projects that we could utilize for the facility such as curtains, paint and décor for the butterfly project. We are working on that and the outside courtyards,” Lockhart stated.
HyLife also made donations to benefit health centres in Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Humboldt, SK, and Cando, North Dakota.
To read the full story, check out the HyLife website here https://hylife.com/hylife-donates-750000-to-support-local-hospitals-during-covid-19/
Neepawa HC Care Team Manager Jocelyn Scheper accepts the 250,000 donation cheque from Thor Eiriksson, the Executive Director of Operations for HyLife Foods. The cheque was part of a combined $750,000 being distributed between a half-dozen health facilities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota by the pork processor.
Photo courtesy of EION DEVEREAUX/NEEPAWA BANNER & PRESS
Neepawa Health Centre representatives show appreciation for the HyLife Foods donation ($250,000) on Thursday, May 14. Pictured (l to r) Dr Kristen Wareham, Karen Ceniza, Laura Preisentanz, Jocelyn Scheper, Tara McCarty, Kirsten Brown, and Pam Birch.
Photo courtesy of EION DEVEREAUX/NEEPAWA BANNER & PRESS
HyLife presented Killarney Hospital with a stunning $100,000 cheque Tuesday May 19 to help cover the extensive costs of renovating 16 outdated and aging bathrooms at the facility. From left: Kara Flamond, Clinical Resource Nurse, Bayside PCH; Laurie Campbell, Killarney Foundation Board and Friends of Killarney Hospital member; Kendra Perrin, Clinical Resource Nurse, Acute Care; Marv Magwood, Senior Production Manager for HyLife; and Shawn Lockhart, Care Team Manager. Photo Courtesy of KIM LANGEN/KILLARNEY GUIDE
Brandon Canadian Tire Owners Display Local Support
Brandon’s Canadian Tire Dealer/Owners Jim and Karen Crighton recently displayed their ongoing support to local healthcare with their annual donation of $100,000. This year’s donation arrived earlier than usual as the COVID-19 situation in our world became a healthcare reality in our community. Their ongoing support demonstrates the true spirit of commitment to caring and sharing.
“I believe healthcare can be taken for granted until you or a loved one really needs our health professionals to take care of us. Having local healthcare is important, it allows you, friends, and family, to support your loved one. If there is no local opportunity for specific healthcare needs, patients are required to go out of town, or at times, out of province, that adds another layer of stress and financial hardship. In a small way, I see what we are doing is assisting in the health of our staff and community who support us every day. I would further say that it is in recognition and a sincere thank you to all of the healthcare workers at BRHC for what they have done and continue to do every day, no matter the challenge. To everyone in healthcare, please accept my very humble thank you”, says Brandon’s Jim Crighton.
Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors, Peggy Turnbull, shared, “The BRHC Foundation is very appreciative of Mr. and Mrs. Crighton’s financial support over the past several years. Their generosity has made a tremendous impact on the provision of urgently needed equipment at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, giving the staff the tools they need to care for individuals receiving care at the facility. In addition to their donations to our Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Crighton have supported many local organizations through the creation of “Charity of the Week” promotion at their business. We sincerely thank Mr. and Mrs. Crighton for their contributions to the BRHC Foundation – they have to be commended for their support of our community.”
Past donations from the Crightons were directed to the Western MB Cancer Centre, used for the purchase of additional orthopedic equipment trays to increase the number of joint surgeries that can be performed daily/weekly, and to purchase two specialized beds for the Intensive Care Unit. Planning is underway to direct this year’s generous donation from the Crightons toward something that will make a difference for patients at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.