The Woodstock Hospital Foundation’s monthly, online 50/50 raffle continues to gain momentum, and rightly so! The 50/50 gives everyone who buys tickets a chance to win big, while also supporting the hospital. It’s what you would call a win, win scenario!
With the onset of COVID-19, Foundation staff and the Board knew that they needed to adapt some of their fundraising initiatives for the hospital. With events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, the idea for an online 50/50 raffle arose, with the first raffle happening in November 2020.
Since then, each raffle continues to be a success, with excitement for the growing jackpot felt both in our hospital and throughout the community. Your support of the Foundation’s 50/50 raffle is important for so many reasons. With highly skilled staff and state-of-the-art equipment, Woodstock Hospital can offer patients the opportunity to receive care and treatment close to home.
Because hospital equipment only has a certain lifespan, we need to have the funds available when the time comes for the equipment to be replaced or when it is eclipsed by new technology. That is where the Woodstock Hospital Foundation comes in! Proceeds from the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives help fund equipment that is used throughout the hospital.
That is why it is very exciting to watch the jackpot grow each month and to announce new winners. Not only can this money make a difference in the lives of those that win the jackpot, but it also is enhancing the lives of our patients.
As an example, some of the proceeds from the Foundation’s 50/50 raffle will support equipment that needs to be replaced in the Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Department. This includes a general radiology camera and mobile fluoroscopy camera.
The new general radiology camera will replace a camera purchased at our old hospital site in 2005, while the new mobile fluoroscopy camera will replace a camera purchased in 2006. The mobile fluoroscopy camera helps physicians, predominantly in the Operating Room, visualize live-time urology and orthopedic exams.
“Both of our new cameras will become the workhorses of our department,” said Brad Gates, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at Woodstock Hospital. “The basic function of the cameras has not changed but the new bells and whistles are always exciting to see. It’s similar to comparing the differences between a vehicle from 2005/2006 and one that is built today.”
In 2019/2020, the DI Department at Woodstock Hospital completed 69,388 Diagnostic Imaging Exams. Your support of the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives ensures that departments, like DI, have the specialized equipment they need to carry out exceptional care and services for the community.
If you would like to purchase tickets for this month’s 50/50 raffle, visit www.woodstock5050.ca. There, you can also sign up to keep up-to-date on all of the Foundation’s 50/50 raffles. The grand prize draw is taking place March 31, 2021 at 10:00 am.