Rexall Foundation Donates $20,000

Rexall Foundation has donated $20,000 to help Vancouver Island’s tiniest patients! This generous gift will support the purchase of a new ventilator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Victoria General Hospital. The sophisticated piece of equipment helps infants born with underdeveloped lungs, supporting their respiratory systems until the infant can breathe on their own.

Every year, more than 500 babies are born prematurely at Victoria General Hospital and require the high-level care provided in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Equipped with specialized life-saving equipment, the NICU helps the tiniest patients — some weighing less than one pound — get better and go home to their families. Victoria General Hospital is the region’s Pediatric specialty hospital and operates the only high-level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit outside the Lower Mainland. Being able to stay on the Island, close to home and near family and friends, is far less stressful for families who are already coping with having a sick child.

“We’re proud to make a contribution that has such a positive impact on the most fragile babies in the NICU at Victoria General Hospital,” said Atul Sachdeva, Regional Director for Rexall. “Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority for the Rexall Foundation, and we know this advanced ventilator can help hundreds of babies survive and grow to be strong and healthy children. We’re proud that our partnership between our corporate and store staff, our vendors and our customers can make a difference.”