Shoppers Drug Mart fundraises for local moms

The goal is to raise $25,000 for a cardio respiratory monitor for the KGH perinatal unit.

Glenmore pharmacist Chase Nickel with two generous Shoppers Drug Mart customers. Shoppers locations across the Okanagan are fundraising for the KGH perinatal unit.

Every year, over 1,500 women deliver their babies at Kelowna General Hospital. This month, Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Kelowna and West Kelowna are raising funds for a very special piece of equipment to support them during one of life’s most precious moments.

The goal is to raise $25,000, enough to fund the purchase of a cardio respiratory monitor for the unit, which opened in its new location in March 2016 on the 4th floor of KGH’s Interior Heart and Surgical Centre. The highly advanced monitoring device provides clear and constant monitoring of a mother while her baby is being delivered.

“All of us at the stores are really excited about this campaign,” Chase Nickel, pharmacist at the Glenmore Shopper’s location said in a press release. “Ensuring that women in our community receive the best care possible is truly a cause that benefits us all.”

The fundraising push is part of Shopper’s Drug Marts ongoing commitment to advancing women’s health initiatives through its Growing Women’s Health campaign.

“Shoppers Drug Mart has a reputation for incredible generosity and commitment to helping Canadian women be their best — a value that we share,” said Chandel Christie, annual programs director at the KGH Foundation. “With their support, we advance our ability to deliver world-class care for mom and family during the birthing process.”

The KGH Foundations’ Giving Giggles campaign has committed to raising $3 million for the new perinatal unit. To date, donors have funded a wide range of equipment including the NICU central monitoring system, wireless fetal monitors, cardio respiratory monitors, NICU cribs, Kangaroo Chairs and post-partum infant security system.

The KGH Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable organization committed to enhancing the delivery of healthcare to the patients of Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities.