Cha-ching: ‘Boots and Bling’ brings in $400K for Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation

A recent Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF) fundraiser at Heroes Landing Banquet Hall and Conference Centre in Trenton raised more than $400,000 for the hospital that serves Quinte West and area communities. TMHF photo

Anne Marie Aquino recently had 27 kidney stones removed at the Trenton hospital. 

Aquino shared her experience about the procedure performed by a urologist at Quinte Health Care’s Trenton Memorial Hospital (TMH) site. Her story moved the audience at a Nov. 4 fundraiser, helping raise awareness and money for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation (TMHF), the TMHF said. 

The foundation’s “Boots and Bling” fundraising gala, held at the Heroes Landing Banquet Hall and Conference Centre, raised $403,531 net to purchase a new state-of-the-art C-Arm machine. The C-Arm machine will be used for surgeries at TMH, along with the addition of five new video cystoscopes for the bladder cancer screening program.

“Overall, C-Arm machines play a crucial role in improving patient outcomes and making medical procedures more efficient and less painful,” said Wendy Warner, TMHF executive director. 

A C-Arm machine is a specialized imaging device that provides real-time visualization during surgical procedures. Doctors use C-Arm machines to guide them during surgeries or other procedures that involve inserting instruments or devices into the body. The addition of this advanced medical technology will significantly enhance the hospital’s capabilities, the foundation noted. 

During the gala, guests were entertained with a musical performance by Steve and Tyler Wilkinson, who shared with everyone how much they have depended on TMH and how thrilled they were to take part in the event, the foundation noted. The evening also featured a three-course meal from Kaleidoscope, a live auction with Boyd Sullivan, a raffle for a $5,000 pair of diamond earrings from Marshmen Jewellers, line dancing, and more.

“From bull riding to photos with Rip and Beth, the Heroes Landing was buzzing with excitement,” Warner said. 

“The Boots and Bling event with a captivating country-themed evening didn’t disappoint.”

The TMHF set out to raise upwards of $250,000 towards the purchase of the new machine. Hospital equipment, including the C-Arm is very expensive, and it’s not funded by the provincial government.  

Scotiabank, the main sponsor of the event, in addition to Pioneer Healthcare, Cobourg Development Services and many more local businesses, demonstrated their “huge commitment to the well-being of the Trenton community through their generous support,” the TMHF noted. 

As technology becomes more advanced, the price of health-care equipment also escalates, with Ontario hospitals being required to reach out to local government and community members for help more than ever before. 

C-Arm machines offer numerous benefits to patients, including a level of precision that minimizes the chance of errors, ultimately leading to safer and more successful medical interventions, the TMHF noted.

C-Arm machines also often enable minimally invasive procedures. These procedures involve small incisions, resulting in less pain and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgeries. 

In addition, the machines can be used for diagnosing conditions and monitoring a patient’s progress. Doctors utilize the images to identify issues, track how treatments are working, and make necessary adjustments to care plans.

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