Kitimat is one of 29 hospitals in B.C. to receive a grant to buy new respiratory equipment this year. ( Black Press Media/file photo)

Kitimat is one of 29 hospitals in B.C. to receive a grant to buy new respiratory equipment this year. ( Black Press Media/file photo)

Kitimat General Hospital Foundation receives grant for new ventilator

The hospital foundation has received a grant worth $40,000

The Kitimat General Hospital Foundation has received a grant from TB Vets to purchase a new transport ventilator.

The hospital foundation has received a grant worth $40,000 as part of more than $1-million in funding announced by TB Vets. Kitimat is one of 29 hospitals in B.C. to receive a grant to buy new respiratory equipment this year.

“We are now in our second year of the pandemic, and although life is slowly getting back to normal, hospitals are still having to treat many COVID-19 patients, putting great pressure on the healthcare system,” said TB Vets CEO Kandys Merola in a media release.

“It is essential that we help hospitals buy new equipment that will support our province’s medical frontline heroes during the pandemic and beyond.”

The funding was announced as part of the 2021 grants. The applications for 2022 Respiratory Grants will be opening in March with submissions due by June 10.

TB Vets has been supporting respiratory care in B.C. since 1946. Through the creation of the TB Vets Key Tag program and then the TB Vets Charitable Foundation and as donations from the Key Tag program grew, support began for research, education and support programs for respiratory health.