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For Immediate Release
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Health Foundation receives gift of $15,000 in support of emergency and cancer care

 Fort McMurray, Alberta – Thanks to a recent gift of $15,000 from the Royal Canadian Legion Fort McMurray Branch 165, the Northern Lights Health Foundation is funding two vital pieces of equipment for the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. The funds will support the purchase of a second ears, nose and throat (ENT) chair for the Emergency Department, and a counter top ice and water dispenser for the Community Cancer Clinic.

“The Health Foundation is thrilled to receive this generous contribution from the Royal Canadian Legion!” says Susanne Chaffey, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “This gift will have a tremendous impact on patients, through funding essential new equipment and ultimately providing a more comfortable environment to receive treatment in.”

Patients will use the ENT chair when receiving care for a variety of injuries to eyes, ears, noses and throats; in addition to when patients they have blood drawn, medications administered intravenously and during physician consultations. This chair will be the second of its kind in Emergency, with another funded by the Health Foundation in 2013.

The counter top ice and water dispenser will provide much needed comfort to patients receiving chemotherapy. Patients often experience dry mouth when receiving treatment, so having cold water and ice readily available is essential. Currently with no working water and ice machine in the Clinic, nursing staff are required to travel to other areas of the hospital several times a day to relieve this need for their patients.

“We at Branch 165 want to show our support and appreciation of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and its dedicated staff, who do their utmost to ensure residents receive top quality care,” says Patrick Duggan, President of the Royal Canadian Legion Fort McMurray Branch 165. “Both items purchases were chosen not only to help our Emergency Department but also those departments who support those receiving longer term care.”

The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. There are more than 300,000 members in over 1,400 branches across Canada aim to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, provide essential services within communities, and remember the men and women who have served our country.

About the Northern Lights Health Foundation
Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Health Foundation is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:
Amelia Schofield
Stakeholder Relations and Communications Officer
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-788-1324 Cell: 780-788-5247 Email:

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Patrick Duggan of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort McMurray recently presented the Health Foundation with a gift of $15,000 in support of the Emergency Department and Community Cancer Clinic at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.


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