Because the Parkwood Hospital Auxiliary has built a legacy of support

2013 marks the Parkwood Hospital Auxiliary's 50th anniversary. With the almost $1 million the Auxiliary has raised at the gift shops and through other endeavours they have brightened the lives and enhanced the care of the patients and residents at Parkwood Hospital. Some of the items purchased with these funds include pressure-reducing mattresses, blanket warmers, low-rise beds, ventilators and wheelchairs. They also donated $100,000 to the Aging, Rehabilitation and Geriatric Research Centre at Lawson Health Research Institute (St. Joseph's research arm) and purchased a car for the Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation Program which provides medical driving assessments for people with conditions ranging from brain injury, to multiple sclerosis to amputation. The Auxiliary also buys much-needed items that are out of reach for some patients such as wheelchair batteries or dental surgery. Since it's inception the Auxiliary has hosted over 500 birthday parties, and 50 Strawberry socials for the patients and residents. St. Joseph's is grateful to the Auxiliary for the tremendous contribution they have made to the patients and residents at Parkwood Hospital in the last half century.
Members of the Auxiliary stand beside a vehicle they purchased for the Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation Program.

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