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Stones dance their way to victory

Major donations to women's health services recognized
September 12, 2016 9:24 A.M.
Contestants in Saturday's Dancing Like the Stars. (RIH Foundation/Facebook)

Transportation Minister Todd Stone along with his wife Chantelle Stone were proclaimed the judges’ and audience favorites at Saturday’s Dancing Like the Stars fundraiser for Women’s Health at Royal Inland Hospital.

“We are so thankful to all of the dancers, the instructors and our sponsors” said Heidi Coleman, CEO of Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. “The enormous amount of time that everyone dedicates to this event is astounding.”

Their hard work paid off Saturday night and brilliant performances were on display by all of the dancing couples including; Susan Brown with Tara Gostelow; Daljit Singh with Brandy Walker-Gozda; Logan Giesbrecht with Raj Rana; and TJ Connors with Cristina Ostapovitch.

The amount of money raised will be released later in the week, the foundation said.

Along with all the fancy moves, there were some official announcements to make.

Coleman along with Health Minister Terry Lake announced the naming of the Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre and the Rae Fawcett Breast Health. Both spaces are located in the brand new Clinical Services Building recently opened at Royal Inland Hospital.

Fawcett and her family have contributed towards expanded health care at RIH over the years and most recently have generously donated $1 million toward the Breast Health Clinic and the Simulation Centre in the new Clinical Services Building at the hospital.

"We are deeply grateful and touched by her generosity, commitment and support," said Coleman. "She believes in what we are doing and feels strongly about providing women and men in our community with faster access to breast cancer diagnostics and treatment as well as ongoing educational opportunities presented in the Simulation Centre.”

“On behalf of the provincial government, I thank Rae Fawcett for this donation,” said Lake. “This generous gift will have a direct impact on patient care in the Kamloops region by helping to improve breast health outcomes as well as training opportunities for health professionals.”

The impact of adding a second centre to the IH Simulation Program in the Rae Fawcett Simulation Centre is that it will provide a space for hands-on medical training and professional development for doctors, nurses, health-care professionals and medical students.

“Interior Health and specifically Royal Inland Hospital are very appreciative of Rae Fawcett’s generous donation,” said Carol Laberge, RIH Health Services administrator. “We are proud to have the Breast Health Clinic and Simulation Centre bear Rae Fawcett’s name, and we look forwarding to using her donation toward enhancing care for the patients we serve.”

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