Close to 200 people attended Time is Muscle Saturday night in Red Deer. Photo supplied

Time is Muscle a successful fundraiser for Red Deer hospital

Event raises awareness about Central Alberta’s need for a cardiac catheterization lab

A fundraiser designed to bring awareness to the health-care needs in Red Deer raised $20,000 on Saturday.

Close to 200 people attended Time is Muscle – a community cardiac awareness dinner in Red Deer.

Cynthia de Boer, marketing and communications manager at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, said the money raised will go towards purchasing equipment in the cardiac care unit such as an ECG machine, beds and a pyxis med station – an automated medication dispensing machine.

She said the funding to make those type of purchases come from events like Time is Muscle, Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Festival of Trees 2018.

The event featured a silent auction and live music for cardiac care in Central Alberta. Organizers were still crunching the numbers on Monday.

It is no secret that Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is still in need of a cardiac catheterization lab.

In 2016 local doctors reported that without local access to treat blocked arteries, and the long transfer times for the treatment elsewhere, it means Central Albertans have a 60 per cent higher rate of death or disability than people in Calgary or Edmonton.

Recently doctors in Red Deer formed a non-profit society to advocate for fair health-care funding for Central Albertans.

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Close to 200 people attended Time is Muscle Saturday night in Red Deer. Photo supplied

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