EDO Japan Serves Up Financial Support for Digital Mammography

Community support continues to shine through as EDO Japan Swift Current made a generous donation of $500 to the “Close to the Heart Digital Mammography” campaign on May 14. This cheque presentation has been postponed for numerous weeks as COVID-19 has changed everyone’s regular routines and method of doing business. EDO Japan began selling paper hearts as a promotion in their Swift Current location on the Family Day long weekend and the fundraising was halted due to the onset of the pandemic. Dollars donated by patrons were matched equally by EDO Japan with the final tally ringing in at $500.

“We wanted to be a part of this life saving campaign the moment we heard there was a need to upgrade the Digital Mammography Machine at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current,” says Jules Francisco Owner/Operator EDO Japan Swift Current. “As community stakeholders it’s our duty to support our customers and local residents and healthcare is a priority for everyone,” Francisco added.

“EDO Japan is a valued community partner and we appreciate their efforts in supporting the Digital Mammography campaign,” stated Jim Dekowny, Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “The updated digital technology of the new mammography machine will help physicians with earlier detection of cancer and save lives of Southwest Saskatchewan patients. All donations such as the latest from EDO Japan will ensure this new technology is purchased and installed in the coming months at the Cypress Regional Hospital. Thank You Southwest Saskatchewan for your support,” said Dekowny.


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Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group & the Co-operators Support Healthcare

The “Close to the Heart Digital Mammography” campaign received another gracious donation on May 13 as Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group and The Co-operators announced their support of $5 000 to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. While adhering to the current practice of social distancing, Robynn Schous and Kim Pierce of Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group presented the cheque to Jim Dekowny, Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“It is important to me to contribute towards the Close to the Heart Campaign because having access to advanced medical equipment locally will help reduce travel expenses and speed up medical prognoses allowing my fellow communitarians the opportunity for quicker and more economic treatment, and as a result, it will hopefully save lives,” says Robynn Schous, Agency Owner/ Insurance Financial Advisor- Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group.

“This latest donation from Robynn’s Insurance Financial Group and The Co-operators helps us get one step closer to purchasing the new digital mammography machine for the Cypress Regional Hospital,” stated Jim Dekowny, Executive Director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of residents and businesses around the Southwest, we’re very close to reaching our goal of $350,000 for this life saving equipment.

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You’re Invited to Our 20th AGM


The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has a long standing history in Southwest Saskatchewan and thanks to your generous support we’ve raised over 20 Million for healthcare facilities since 1999.  As valued partners in our philanthropic work for healthcare, we invite you to attend our 20th AGM on Thursday May 7, 1:00pm via video conference.

The presentation will include a review of the previous year’s financials and fundraising projects and the election of new members to the Board of Directors.

Please Register In Advance by Email:

All registered attendees will receive the link to the conference and the 20th AGM package by email prior to the meeting. For more information, please call (306)778-3314.


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Our Commitment to Healthcare Continues in Southwest Saskatchewan



These are uncertain times for everyone as new cases of COVID-19 are reported daily across the nation and globally. Now as many of us have regrouped working in isolation from our home offices, we’re all doing our part to help “flatten the curve.”

As other businesses are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic so too are numerous non- profit organizations including the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Regional Healthcare Foundation. “Several fundraisers targeting our “Close to the Heart Digital Mammography Campaign” have been postponed until further notice, leaving us several steps behind in reaching our goal of $350,000 to purchase and install this vital piece of medical equipment for the Cypress Regional Hospital,” says Carol Andrews- Development Officer & Communications Coordinator for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “We value our donors across Southwest Saskatchewan who have supported us through our over 20 year history in the region, and we hope they will continue to walk side by side with us in our philanthropic work. The need for medical equipment and the best technology for our medical personnel is even more crucial in rural Saskatchewan and we humbly ask our partners across the region to kindly consider making a donation to the Foundation to assist us with our work. In addition we as a Foundation are here to assist our local medical personnel with any urgent COVID-19 equipment or other medical supplies they may need in the coming days. We are committed to working together to keep healthcare strong now and into the future for the residents of Southwest Saskatchewan,” said Andrews.

Donations to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation are accepted on line through E-Transfer/ Credit Card or Call (306) 778-3314.


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Close to the Heart Campaign Kickoff Breakfast

Nearly 200 people, most of them women, were in attendance to hear the message and stories from breast cancer survivors at this morning’s Close to the Heart Digital Mammography Campaign kickoff breakfast. The breakfast was put on by the Foundation as a way to introduce our new campaign and raise funds and awareness to help purchase a new digital mammography unit. The current digital mammography unit at Cypress Regional Hospital is still functioning well and doing its job, but the new unit has ten years of new technology advancements and improvements. (Think of how much your cell phone has improved in that time). The new machine will cost approximately $350,000.00 which will be the focus of many of our events and activities in 2019, culminating with the Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare. Please support one of these fun events or simply make a donation. We need your help to save lives. To donate, click on the donate button at the bottom of this page, or call 306-778-3314.

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Portable Digital X-ray Arrives!

The latest addition to the Diagnostic Imaging department at Cypress Regional Hospital has arrived! Last years fund-raising goal for the Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare was a Portable Digital X-ray machine, and it is here and in use at CRH. The unit itself is quite remarkable, allowing healthcare providers to take and see x-rays at bedside for patients who are critical or not easily moved, plus it uses less radiation than the old machine and takes clearer pictures. One staff member commented that it is even better than they were hoping for. Thank you for your donation to this cause. Without your support this purchase would not have been possible. Your donated dollars are hard at work at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Keeping Local Healthcare Strong.

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Annual General Meeting April 17, 2019

We had an excellent turnout for our Annual General Meeting, April 17th, at the Cypress Regional Hospital. We welcomed Nora Tinant, Leanne Tuntland Wiebe and Gay Anderson! We also were fortunate enough to have Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone join us to speak with the 80 or so people in attendance. A particular highlight of the night was the hospital staff led tours through different departments, highlighting pieces of equipment purchased with funds donated to the Foundation. Click here to see this year’s (or any previous year’s) Annual Report and read more.

Scott Livingstone addresses the meeting.

Dr. Malcolm Banks demonstrates the instruments he uses in eye surgery

One of the new maternity beds purchased from Radiothon gets demonstrated.

Dr Michael Kapusta demonstrates the simulation lab and how it is used to keep medical staff trained and prepared

Dr Kevin Wasko shows the capabilities of the new portable ultrasound and all of the applications it has.

The CT Scanner was the single largest purchase funded by donations to the Foundation, thanks to the estate of Roy H. Blanchard!

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2018 Radiothon Success!

It was two days of broadcasting from the atrium of the Cypress Regional Hospital, asking the southwest Saskatchewan community to support a much needed purchase, and they came through in a big way! The piece of equipment in question is a digital portable x-ray machine, which can be wheeled into any area of the Cypress Regional Hospital required, be it OR, ER, ICU, Maternity, or even on the Med-Surg wards. This new piece of equipment will primarily be used for assessing patients that are too ill, or injured to be moved to the main x-ray suite.

Our Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare broadcast started with a $25,000 matching donation from Bank of Montreal, and ended with a $50,000 donation from the Kinsmen Foundation, making it one of our most successful Radiothon’s to date. Through the course of the broadcast we also had a ton of great support from many sponsors, and a huge response from private donors who helped us to surpass our goal. Thank You!

All funds raised from the Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare will be put towards equipment for the Cypress Regional Hospital, including the digital portable x-ray

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Black Tie Hockey Draft Wind Up

The 2018 NHL Playoff Black Tie Hockey Draft has drawn to a close. Friday June 15th, The Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and The Field of Dreams group came together at Mitchell Field to award our winners! In total the fundraising event gathered nearly $40,000, which is split evenly between the two organizing groups. Our winners took home a substantial sum too, with the first place team Riverside Electric (shown left) winning the Crescent Point Energy Cup and $7500; Astro’s Cruisers winning 2nd and $3000; and the Lucky Puckers winning 3rd place and $1500. A big thank you to all of our sponsors including our title sponsor Crescent Point Energy (shown below Brad Bakken accepts a plaque from the Black Tie committee), as well we would like to thank, Living Sky Casino, Molson-Coors, Whitecap Resources Ltd, Crop Production Services, Stark and Marsh, South West Terminals, and MNP.

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Nursing Students Grow Care at Clover House

Nursing Students, Jenny Soucy, Megan Sulz and Tiffany To, have completed a project they were working on for their studies and more importantly for the improved quality of life for residents of Clover House at The Meadows. Clover House is designated for shorter term rehabilitation stays, respite care, and palliative care, and did not previously have any gardening area for its clients to enjoy. As part of their project, these three ladies identified gardening as a way to increase recreational therapy to promote dignified care, and enable clients to get involved and be in control of their daily life situations, and encourage independence. When these students approached the Foundation and made their case for the value of this project, we whole heartedly agreed and joined them in working towards making this project a reality. Many thanks as well to all those who contributed!

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