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Donations For Prairie Mountain Health - November

Children’s Hearing Aid Loaner Bank

     The Lions Roar for Hearing, a fundraiser that was initiated in 2013 in Austin, Manitoba (5M13 District) has generously raised 17,000 thousand dollars for the Hearing Committee over the past four years. These funds have been used to start the Lions Children’s Loaner Hearing Aid program that provides loaner hearing aids to the Audiology Departments all across Manitoba. Within Prairie Mountain Health (PMH), hearing aids were donated to the Audiology Departments in Dauphin and Brandon. Lions Lloyd and Bev McCabe (part of the Lions Roar for Hearing Committee) presented a plaque to the Audiology Department to recognize this generous donation. Lions Clubs who have been part of this organizing committee include: Brandon Wheat City Lions, Austin Lions, Wawanesa Lions and Holland Lions.

     Infants identified through the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) Program and other children age 0-3 years with an immediate need for hearing aids will be eligible for assistance under this new Hearing Aid Loaner Bank program. This will also include a child’s hearing aid(s) needing repair or replacement, patients waiting for authorization for payment of their infant’s hearing aids or infants being assessed to see if they are a cochlear implant candidate.

     The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act came into effect September 1, 2016.  The UNHS Act requires that all parents/legal guardians of Manitoba newborns be offered hearing screening for their newborn. Within PMH, UNHS screening is provided before going home at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Neepawa Health Center, and Dauphin Regional Health Centre. For babies not screened in a hospital, or for those that refer from their screening at the hospital, parents can make appointments at the Audiology Departments in Brandon 204-578-2390 or Dauphin 204-622-6221.

     Since the implementation of the program in Prairie Mountain Health, a number of infants have been identified with permanent hearing loss at birth. The Audiologists in Brandon and Dauphin are very thankful for the Lion’s club generosity and support in helping to make sure children in the region have the chance to hear with the use of hearing aids during the critical period of speech-language development.

Lions hearing oct 2018 3x2 2 

Pictured Left to Right - Leanne Gardiner, Senior Audiologist, Bev & Lloyd McCabe, Brandon Wheat City Lions (part of the Fundraising Committee), Britney Watters, Audiologist.


Digital Wheelchair Ramp Scale For Minnedosa PCH

     The Minnedosa and District Health Foundation graciously donated a digital wheelchair ramp scale to the Minnedosa PCH. The scale, at a cost of $2,900 allows staff to accurately weigh PCH residents who are not easily able to stand on their own. This portable unit folds down allowing wheelchairs to be pushed on, the resident weighed (taking into account the weight of the wheelchair), and keeping an accurate up-to-date weight on the residents’ chart.

     John Mendrikis, secretary treasurer, states that “the Health Foundation’s mandate is to improve equipment at the local hospital and personal care home. The Foundation relies on donations to be able to meet this mandate and appreciates those who have contributed to this worthwhile cause.”



 Minnedosa Wheel Chair

Pictured from left are – Amy Henderson PCH Charge Nurse, John Mendrikis Secretary Treasurer, Greg Paddock PCH Care Team Manager, Ester Robinson Director, Lynn Betteridge Chairperson, Elva Betteridge PCH resident. Photo courtesy of Minnedosa Tribune


X-ray Positioning Wedge Supports For Minnedosa Health Centre

     The Minnedosa Hospital Auxiliary recently made a generous donation of over $800 to provide replacement X-ray positioning wedge supports within the Imaging Department at Minnedosa Health Centre. The wedges support patient positioning while they’re getting images taken.

     The new wedges also provide more support to patients with disabilities or any injuries caused by accidents that make it difficult for patients to hold a position on their own or get an angle or view that would otherwise be impossible.

     The Minnedosa Health Centre and Prairie Mountain Health sincerely thank both the Health Foundation and Auxiliary for their ongoing dedication and support towards the betterment of health and wellness within the health region.

 Minnedosa XRay

Pictured Left to Right - Cheryl Orr and Lois Phillips both with the Minnedosa Hospital Auxiliary, Spencer Hales (X-ray Tech) and Susan Gogal (Charge Tech).  Photo courtesy of Minnedosa Tribune