By Jensen, Randy on May 1, 2020.
For The Herald
One of southern Alberta’s most prominent agribusiness entrepreneurs has made a significant donation in the fight against COVID-19.
Cor Van Raay donated 28 new stethoscopes to the Chinook Regional Hospital in hopes of maximizing patient safety and staff preparedness during the pandemic.
“I cannot overstate the importance of having designated equipment for each treatment space,” said Kevin Reedyk, manager of the CRH emergency department.
The increased number of stethoscopes on site helps to ensure medical staff are not using soiled equipment on multiple patients, thus cutting down chances of infection.
“Having a designated stethoscope for each room ensures we are exceeding the standards of infection prevention and control,” said Reedyk.
Van Raay said this donation is rather small, compared to some of his previous contributions to the community – including large donations to Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge.
“Somebody asked me about this, I said, ‘sure, it will be a nice thing to do.’ It feels good to give somebody things (and) the hospital said they were so happy with it,” said Van Raay.
Van Raay is the founder of one of Canada’s largest cattle feedlots, Cor Van Raay Farms, and was recently named citizen of the year by the Picture Butte Chamber. He has made multiple substantial donations to the southern Alberta community.
If you wish to make a donation to the Chinook Regional Hospital, visit >https://www.securewebexchange.com/crhfoundation.ca/give/donate.php.