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VIDEO: Maple Ridge hospital receives funding for ventilator upgrade

TB Vets provides critical respiratory equipment, research and education in B.C.

New respiratory equipment will be coming to Ridge Meadows Hospital.

TB Vets Charitable Foundation has donated $30,0000 to upgrade ventilators at the hospital.

The grant is part of a total of $800,000 in funding the foundation has awarded to hospitals across British Columbian and the Northwest Territories.

Kandys Merola, president and CEO of TB Vets, noted, the purchase of the upgraded ventilators will enable physicians and nurses to provide the best possible care to critically ill patients without having to re-deploy equipment across departments, or leaving care areas without a dedicated ventilator.

“We are proud to be able to help hospitals buy new equipment that will support our medical frontline heroes. But we would not be able to achieve these amazing results without our donors, who generously contribute to our Key Tag program year after year,” Merola said, adding the foundation has just launched this year’s Key Tag fundraising campaign.

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“The need for respiratory equipment remains acute, whether it’s for newborns, emergency situations, or patients suffering from respiratory conditions, and it’s only through our joint efforts that we can ensure the best possible care for every patient,” she said.

TB Vets was founded in 1946 as a job creation project for Second World War veterans and has evolved over time to become a major non-government funder supporting respiratory care in B.C.. The organization provides grants for respiratory equipment, research, and education.

For more information, and to contribute to this year’s Key Tag campaign, please visit

TB Vets Charitable Foundation has donated $30,000 for a ventilator upgrade at Ridge Meadows Hospital. (TB Vets/Special to The News)

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