The 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon is inching closer to its goal and with only one hour to go, $137,272 has been raised.

The 16th annual 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon is officially underway and kicked off Thursday morning at 6 am. The goal is to raise $138,000 to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, more specifically for Pediatric and Women's Health Units.  

The funds will go towards purchasing state-of-the-art equipment including a new wireless fetal heart monitor, neonatal incubator, phototherapy blanket for the nursery, pediatric glidescope and pediatric beds.  

Pediatrics nurse Teryn Fisher outlined the importance of having this equipment.  

“Equipment that fits our patients is really important because they're not the same size as adults that enter our facility. So it's important that we have equipment that fits our pediatric patients so that we can provide quality, high-quality care to them,” she said.  

According to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, over 500 babies are born at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital annually and hundreds of children receive care at the hospital.  

Without this equipment, patients would have to travel to Regina or Saskatoon for pediatric care or the delivery of their baby. 

The Family First Radiothon is built around the generosity of the people of Moose Jaw and surrounding areas to help support health care workers such as Kelsey Heebner. 

“Without donation’s coming through with Radiothon we wouldn’t be able to purchase some of this equipment. Any little donation, big donations, they will make a difference.” 

The radiothon continues until 6 pm on Friday evening. All donations made to the radiothon stay in the community of Moose Jaw as they are given to the Moose Jaw Health Foundation to purchase the new equipment.   

You can donate by coming down to the Town and Country Mall, calling 306-691-GIVE (4483) or click here.