The Beneath the Surface campaign wrapped up funding for the new ultrasound technology for the Elk Valley Hospital in record time!

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health latest fundraising initiative: Beneath The Surface – a Campaign for Ultrasound Technology for the Elk Valley has reached their goal.

Over the past few months the foundation raised $300,000 to fund a new ultrasound service for the Elk Valley Hospital. The cost includes a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, renovations to the room, and all of the accessories to run the service.

It was a call from a local business owner asking how much was left to raise to bring the ultrasound service to the Elk Valley. When he was told there was $23,000, he said “No problem, round it up to $25,000. I will cut you a cheque today.” This person wishes to remain anonymous and said he was just very happy to help make this a reality.

It has been stories similar to this that have made this campaign so successful, people wanting to give to make a difference. The East Kootenay Foundation for Health kicked off the Beneath the Surface Campaign on August 12th hoping to raise the money in three to six months. $300,000 was raised in just over seven weeks! The EKFH received donations from over 165 donors.

Brenna Baker (center) receiving funding from the RDEK Area A

Brenna Baker, Executive Director said “We received so many calls and emails from folks from all over. Not just current residents of the Elk Valley but people who grew up in the Elk Valley, people who worked or owned businesses at one time in the Elk Valley, and people who recreate in the Elk Valley who wanted to give. We thought this would be a tough challenge because of COVID-19 but with the amazing generosity of individuals and businesses we were able to surpass our goal in record time. The Board and Staff at the EKFH are so appreciative of everyone who donated.”
The service is expected to be up and running by January, 2021 depending on delivery of the equipment.

A big thank you to all the contributors who generously contributed to this important cause.

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