Gander Lions Club donates $50,000 for medical equipment

Echo services to be doubled in central Newfoundland    

Published on July 10, 2017

The Gander Lions Club recently made a $50,000 donation to the James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre. The funds will go towards the purchasing of an echocardiography machine.

©Photo courtesy of Perry and Christina Kieley

The James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre is getting an echocardiography machine with some help from the Gander Lions Club.

The organization recently donated $50,000 during the 17th annual Golf for Health Tournament towards the purchase.

The Central Northeast Health Foundation, a registered charity committed to enhancing healthcare programs offered by Central Health, organized the event.

Perry Kieley, chairperson for the Gander Lions Club, said the donation is the result of hard work and dedication.

“It was really a great feeling in regards to all our membership’s hard work during the year,” said Kieley.

Kieley noted that the purchase of the new machinery would benefit the entire community and that the club had in previous years donated to better regional health services.

“It was very satisfying to once again contribute to Central Health,” he said.

Central Health had announced the expected service in April, and the machine is expected to be operational this fall.

Previously, the echo machine was only available in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Health Minister John Haggie said that the addition would reduce wait times and stress for those people awaiting diagnosis.

“This will double capacity for echo services in central Newfoundland,” said Haggie.

An echo machine uses ultrasounds to create images of the heart and is used to diagnose cardiovascular diseases.

According to Kieley, the donation is only one of several special events the club has planned in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Gander Lions Club.

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