Legion Donates More Than $17,700 to OSMH

Legion Branch 34

Thanks to the generosity of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital will now have a brand new bladder scanner. Through the Legion’s Poppy Fund, $17,735.61 was donated to the Hospital to purchase the new piece of equipment.

“We are so appreciative of this generous donation from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34,” said Mark Riczu, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation. “Securing a new bladder scanner for our Hospital will mean better patient diagnostics and care.”

The new bladder scanner is one of two that will be purchased to help primarily elderly patients who show signs of delirium, have bladder complications and more. Seniors are three times more likely to be hospitalized than younger people, and last year alone, three out of every five inpatient beds at OSMH were used by the elderly.

With this year’s donation, the Legion’s total lifetime giving is now over $145,000 to the Hospital, supporting a variety of needs including orthopaedics, dialysis and paediatrics.

“It was very important for us to ensure this year’s funds went towards something that would have an impact on seniors care in our community,” said Rick Purcell, Legion Branch 34 President. “This Hospital has helped many members of our legion and the community and we are very happy to show our support.”

The Hospital currently has more than $25 Million in unmet capital needs, including the replacement of 28 defibrillators. If you would like to help secure these vital pieces of equipment, contact the Foundation office today at 705-325-6464 or found@osmh.on.ca.