In this season of giving, our hearts and minds often reflect on those who’ve made a difference in our lives.
From friends and family, to our favourite volunteer, to the newspaper carrier who delivers through both sun and snow, it’s a time we’re most thankful.
That’s especially true for those who’ve had cause to visit their community hospital, whether for their own care, or that of a loved one, and see the dedication Langley healthcare workers bring each and every day – including over the holidays!
As a community hospital created for and by local residents, Langley Memorial Hospital has a special place in local hearts – a connection its team feel every day.
Giving as a way of life
In the Sikh culture, “Daan” is a shared principle – a call to act out of a concern for the well-being of others, with little regard for one’s own self-interest.
It’s this tradition that gave Langley’s Kanwal Roycombough the energy to care for her mother-in-law Mohinder at home for many years and then, with her family, to be with her at Langley Memorial Hospital near the end of Mohinder’s life. It also propelled the family to give generously as new donors to Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.
“We were at her bed at the hospital all the time, day and night. We didn’t want to leave her,” Kanwal says, noting how throughout these vigils, they felt comfortable and cared for by hospital staff.
“My husband would try to sleep in a chair, and the nurses decided it wasn’t comfortable enough, so they found him a (lounge) chair, to make him feel better,” she says. “The whole staff, from the nurses to the cleaners, were all so good to us.”
Today, the family is still grieving but the principle of Daan brightens the sadness. They donated to the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation and encouraged close friends and family to give to Langley Memorial rather than give bouquets in Mohinder’s memory.
“We want to give generously, as much as we can, and whenever we can,” Kanwal says.
Kanwal’s story echoes the experiences of so many who walk through the hospital’s doors.
“I am so grateful for donors who treat Langley Memorial Hospital like extended family,” says Heather Scott, Executive Director of Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Our community really looks out for our medical staff and patients in need.”
Donations this past year have included state-of-the-art incubators, to give vulnerable newborns a fighting chance to grow in good health, technology to provide cardiac patients with quick, accurate diagnoses, and specialized tools so respirologists can better care for critically ill patients.
All of these have made a significant impact for both patients and staff, but with the hospital busier than ever, much of the medical equipment is being used around the clock – and wearing out quickly.
Among the items on the top of caregivers’s wishlists are vital tools including new cardiac monitors, fetal monitors, ultrasound machines, scopes and other surgical equipment.
Double the impact of your donation
In the true spirit of the season, this winter an anonymous donor will match donations to the hospital, dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 – support that will help ensure Langley’s hardworking healthcare teams can access the state-of-the-art tools needed so patients can recover sooner and return home to their families faster.
“Your donation will show your thanks for their work during the holidays and assure our medical staff that the community is standing alongside them,” Scott says.
To donate in honour of Langley healthcare workers and to have your gift matched, donate today at lmhfoundation.com