Proudly showing off the progressive campaign thermometer are, from left, Leo Buckley, Karen Crain, Mayor Bob Sweet, Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe and Dianne Lemire. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

DRDH Foundation unveils new progressive campaign thermometer

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday August 1, 2019

The Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) Foundation unveiled its progressive campaign thermometer during Petawawa’s 2019 Canada Day celebrations July 1.

About a year ago, the major campaign fundraising team launched their “Focused on You” diagnostic imaging fundraising campaign to replace some of the hospital’s equipment. The $1.75 million campaign includes replacing old imaging equipment with industry standard digital technology. This includes a new x-ray machine, portable x-ray machine, and ultrasound equipment.

To date, almost 60 per cent of the necessary funds have been raised through different events and donation sources, and the thermometer now reflects that.

“It is our wish that the progressive thermometer will serve to remind residents across the hospital catchment area about the fundraising efforts that are taking place within the community,” said Leo Buckley, Board Chair.

As the Ministry of Health does not provide funds for this type of equipment, the DRDH Foundation relies on the community for support.

“It ensures that our rural hospital continues to provide excellent care to the catchment area,” Buckley said.
Last year, the DRDH provided health care to about 16,000 people. Half of those patients come from municipalities other than Deep River, many of them military families from Petawawa.