The Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation is thanking a pair of long-standing Delta families for a generous donation to help fund critical equipment at Delta Hospital.
This week, the Foundation received a donation of $153,000 from David Harris on behalf of the Harris and Burr families.
The funds will going towards equipment on the hospital’s priority list including a TIMS system for rehab services.
According to the Foundation, the TIMS imaging system will allow the hospital’s speech language pathologists to offer the barium swallow test to patients. This will be a brand-new service at Delta Hospital that rapidly diagnoses problems in the pharynx benefitting patients with Parkinson disease, dysphasia, aphasis, pneumonia, and any kind of cancer or stroke. Given Delta’s aging population, this new service is critical to have on-site as patients must travel to other hospitals for this important test, says the Foundation.
“My family has deep roots in Delta,” said Harris. “My great grandfather, J.B. Burr, arrived with Thomas and William Ladner in 1860 and received the crown grant for his farm in 1861. That same farmland is still in the family. J.B. was a farmer but he was also the first Justice of the Peace in Delta. Much of my family still lives in Delta and have used Delta Hospital and related facilities. My mother spent her last years in Mountain View Manor, where she received excellent care.”
Foundation executive director Lisa Hoglund said they are honoured to receive such a generous donation.
“Ensuring the best possible health care services are available at Delta Hospital as our community grows is our top priority,” said Hoglund. “We are incredibly grateful to have received the Harris families’ support towards Delta Hospital’s critical equipment needs, this support will benefit Delta’s patient population now and in the future.”