Couple hopes $20,000 gift will inspire others
ROB and Margaret Chapman hope their gift of a patient monitor to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus may encourage other locals to donate so the rapidly expanding hospital can purchase other much-needed equipment.
The IntelliVue Patient Monitor, valued at $20,000, will provide comprehensive basic physiological measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and other vital measures.
As the first of its kind in the medical unit, the monitor will be in constant use, and enable staff to make fast and accurate assessments of many patients.
The Chapmans retired to the Coffs Coast some years ago and feel strongly about supporting the hospital.
"After asking the hospital about how best we could help, Margaret and I are delighted to donate this specialised piece of life-saving equipment," Mr Chapman said.
"We went out to the hospital to meet some of the nursing staff, who really appreciated having the new equipment, and shared their excitement.
"It's wonderful to know we've been able to make a difference, and Margaret and I hope our gift encourages other Coffs Harbour residents to think about their local hospital when considering making donations.
"This really is about local residents supporting their neighbours, friends and family when they need it most and we are delighted to give something that will be used by so many people," Mr Chapman said.
Nursing unit manager Carolyn Heise said she was thrilled with the Chapmans decision to support the medical ward.
"We really can't thank Rob and Margaret enough," Ms Heise said.
"Their generosity will help improve patient care and health outcomes, and sends a wonderfully supportive message to our medical team."
For details on how to support Coffs Harbour Health Campus contact Mid North Coast Local Health District's corporate relations co-ordinator Sharon Fuller on 6588 2943.