Mrs. Violet Hnatuk today donated $5,000 to The Health Foundation’s campaign raising funds for the purchase of an additional ultrasound machine. Violet Hnatuk and her late husband Andy have made many generous donations including a $5,000 donation last year to help fund the conceptual plan for a new regional hospital, and a $30,000 donation in 2005 to assist buying the CT Scan.
When asked why she donates so generously Mrs. Hnatuk replied, “When my husband was alive he used the services of the hospital quite a bit, and I’ve used the hospital too. Just last year I was in the hospital for two weeks. We use the hospital, have our tests and procedures done, sometimes we are in the hospital for a few days or a few weeks, and, we walk out without having to pay a bill. I’ve always had good service in the hospital and I think it’s appropriate to make a contribution; I think more people should.”
Mrs. Hnatuk was asked when she and her husband started donating and she replied that it was many years ago, about as soon as The Health Foundation was set up. “We made donations for many years, but our first big donation was for the CT Scan. Andy was always having to go to Regina to get a CT Scan, and when you have a bad back you don’t want to go to Regina in an ambulance. When we had the opportunity to get a CT Scan for the Yorkton Hospital, we made a big donation. Having a CT Scan here makes it so much easier to get the tests you need, not just for us but for everyone.”
“I intend to keep making donations to The Health Foundation; they raise money for equipment we need locally, equipment that helps to provide all of us new and improved healthcare services.
“We are really grateful for the strong support Mrs. Hnatuk provides to our work,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “We will continue to work as hard as we can to continue earning her trust and the trust of all donors to The Health Foundation.”