Some Red Deer surgery patients were diverted to Edmonton and Calgary between Jan. 31 and Feb. 5. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer Regional Health Foundation raising money for vital monitors

The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation is asking for public support in raising money for its Vital Monitor Campaign.

Two vital monitors, which measure basic body functions such as heart rate and rhythm, oxygen levels and blood pressure, are needed for the endoscopy department and intensive care unit at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Patients of these two units require continuous observation through these medical devices to alert care teams of any critical changes in their health status.

“We are very grateful to all of our donors that assist us in purchasing equipment that is not covered by public funds,” said Manon Therriault, foundation CEO.

“By rallying together, the Foundation works to fund today’s needs, ensuring we can provide the best healthcare for our community.”

Canadian Pacific recently committed to match all donations up to $20,000, which will cover the cost of one monitor. The foundation’s goal is to raise money for the second monitor as soon as possible.

“Investing in the communities we operate in and through is very important to CP. We are proud to continue our legacy with Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and support their pursuit to provide the best care for Red Deer and area residents, which includes CP employees,” said Scott Young, CP trainmaster Red Deer.

For more information about the foundation’s Vital Monitor Campaign for endoscopy and the ICU, or to make a donation, please visit

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