The TB Vets Charitable Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation towards the funding of specialized ventilators for the intensive care unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital. The new ventilators are non-invasive, critical equipment for patients who require breathing support following major trauma, congestive heart failure or severe lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“The new ventilators will be used to assist the most critical patients to breathe,” says Zachary Hilberry, Regional Practice Lead for Respiratory Therapy Services, Island Health. “This new equipment is designed to be more comfortable and less invasive for patients — it works like a sealed face mask and requires no intubation, instead relying on positive pressure ventilation to help patients breathe.”

TB Vets Charitable Foundation works throughout British Columbia to fund respiratory equipment, research and support. The organization raises funds through the TB Vets Key Tag Campaign and other fundraising initiatives. Since 1982, TB Vets has donated more than $1,375,000 through the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals, helping countless patients receive state-of-the-art respiratory care.

“We are so grateful for the outstanding leadership TB Vets Charitable Foundation has shown over the years,” says Bruce Dyck, Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board Chair. “Their incredible fundraising efforts and generosity have had a long-lasting impact in our local hospitals and on the lives of countless patients. This gift highlights their unwavering commitment to our community and we cannot thank them enough for playing such a significant role in helping to equip our hospitals with the best possible tools.”