CARBONEAR, NL — The Carbonear General Hospital’s chemotherapy unit received a much-needed upgrade thanks to the generosity of a utility company and its local employees.
Through the Power of Life Project — a partnership between Newfoundland Power and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation — $10,000 was raised to help refurbish the décor of the unit and purchase some new equipment
Newfoundland Power employees in Carbonear organized a golf tournament and hard-hat drive to support the hospital, covering most of the donation with those two events.
Newfoundland Power president and CEO Jocelyn Perry said the need for a brighter look in the chemotherapy unit at the Carbonear hospital was always apparent to her.
“Let’s face it, they’re coming in here for chemotherapy and they’re already facing a journey that’s probably challenging for them, so any bit of brightness and hope (helps),” she said Thursday.
For years, the unit was dominated by a pink and green colour scheme. With the donation from Newfoundland Power, the unit received a paint job, new blinds that block out the sun but still offer a view from the sixth floor, new cabinets, a new chair and a new blood pressure monitor.
“It might seem very small, but it’s not,” Perry said. “I bet you your patients are happier to be coming in to get treatment in a place like this as opposed to a place like it was.”
Susanne Dohey, division manager for the medicine program at the hospital, said they’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the new look for the unit.
“I have a lot of fun saying where this money came from and all the hard work that you do,” she said.
Power of Life Project has raised just under $4 million in 15 years, helping cancer units across Newfoundland and Labrador.