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Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation is getting ready to Light Up the Hospital

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
November 4th, 2011

The Kootenay lake Hospital Foundation has been celebrating the hospital’s recent emergency room expansion and the addition of the CT scanner. 

But another key piece of the health services at KLH is made up of the many surgeries that are performed in Nelson by local and visiting specialists. 

These services include a variety of laparoscopic procedures, hysterectomies, cataract surgeries, caesarean sections, tubal ligations, carpal tunnel releases, hernia repairs, and so much more.

Our goal this year is to raise funds for equipment to support the continuation of these surgeries at KLH.  These surgical services benefit not only the citizens of Nelson, but a wider population of 33,000 including Kaslo, Salmo and the Slocan Valley.

In keeping with our goal of supporting operating room procedures, the focus of this year’s Light Up the Hospital! campaign is funding the purchase of an Insufflator with camera system and three high definition monitors.  This is state of the art high definition equipment used in all laparoscopic procedures. 

Patients undergoing these procedures, which involve much smaller incisions than traditional surgeries, experience less post-operative pain, reduced hospital stays and shorter recovery time.

“Our continued commitment to spearhead efforts to purchase needed equipment bodes well for the continued growth of services at Kootenay Lake Hospital,” said Foundation chair Pat Dooley.

Those wishing to donate to the Insufflator fund can do so online at, or call Bryna Idler at the Foundation office at 250-354-2334 for more information.

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