VJH Light a Bulb campaign begins

29th annual Light a Bulb at Vernon Jubilee Hospital hopes to raise funds to buy operating room equipment

Vernon Jubilee Hospital operating room educator Liza Koshman demonstrates a high-definition camera head. The VJH Foundation hopes to purchase more units through its 29th annual Light a Bulb campaign, which began Wednesday.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital operating room educator Liza Koshman demonstrates a high-definition camera head. The VJH Foundation hopes to purchase more units through its 29th annual Light a Bulb campaign, which began Wednesday.

Light a Bulb has launched.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation kicked off its 29th annual Light a Bulb Campaign Wednesday at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

The campaign will be raising $250,000 to purchase high-definition camera heads and control monitors for the operating rooms at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“This year we are purchasing high-definition camera heads and control units for the operating rooms at VJH,” said campaign chair and VJH Foundation director, Kevin Arbuckle.

“Every year hundreds of individuals undergo surgical and diagnostic procedures at VJH to diagnose and treat critical health issues. There is always a great need for high-tech medical equipment used to support these procedures.

“This will enable minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic procedures resulting in faster recovery times and shorter hospital stay for your friends, neighbours and loved ones.”

The official campaign launch takes place Monday with the lighting of the hospital tree on top of VJH.

The lights will shine all week, then will be turned off and lit throughout the campaign in stages as the foundation advances towards its goal.

From Nov. 14-18, Light a Bulb donation brochures will be delivered in mailboxes throughout the North Okanagan.

Businesses, schools, clubs or organizations wishing to support Light a Bulb through their own special fundraising events are encouraged to contact the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation office at 250-558-1362.

Since 1988, Light a Bulb has raised more than $4 million to purchase essential medical equipment for the hospital.

Each $35 tax deductible gift will light one bulb on the tree of lights atop Vernon Jubilee Hospital; $500 will light an entire string.

“Every gift great or small donation brings us closer to our goal,” said Arbuckle.

Light a Bulb donation brochures will be distributed throughout the North Okanagan the third week of November.

Donations can be made online at www.vjhfoundation.org or mailed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32nd Street Vernon B.C. V1T 5L2.

 

Vernon Morning Star