Following a donation last year, the cardiorespiratory unit at St. Martha’s got a new name.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital held an official ribbon cutting for the Sobey Cardiorespiratory
Care Unit on Thursday. Back in September, the Sobey Foundation presented $1 million to the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation as part of the foundation’s initiative to raise $20 million by 2026.
Frank Sobey, chair of the Sobey Foundation, along with representatives from the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation were on hand for the unveiling. Sobey said the foundation made the donation based on a variety of factors.
The $1 million in funding money is going towards cardiorespiratory care and will help improve the quality in acute and chronic care for heart and lung diseases. The funding will also support more education, services, and equipment for the unit.
Dr. Leo Pereira, head of the hospital’s internal medicine department, called the funding huge, saying it gives them the opportunity to look at equipment they will need in the future. It will also allow them to have money set aside so they can look at recruiting new physicians to the area who have skills requiring equipment the hospital currently doesn’t have.
Pereira thanked the Sobey Foundation for the funding, adding the hospital will have the opportunity to use it in such a way that it will benefit as many people as possible