HAB To Fund $200K In BHB Medical Equipment

November 23, 2023 | 4 Comments

The Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda [HAB]  has agreed to set aside $200,000 to fund medical equipment for Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB].

“At our 2023 annual general meeting in September, our membership approved $200,000 of funding for the 2023/24 financial year,” said HAB President Patrick Cerra. “Throughout the year, HAB works with BHB to determine which medical equipment will best serve the needs of BHB for that period.”

“It’s only through the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers that we are able to offer financial assistance to BHB each year,” said Mr Cerra.

“We raise our money through our three retail outlets: The Pink Café and the Gift Shop in King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH), and the Barn – a thrift store in Devonshire across the street from the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. HAB would also like to thank our customers for their patronage over the years.”

BHB Deputy CEO R Scott Pearman said: “We thank the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda for its steadfast support of BHB. Even during the COVID pandemic when its outlets were not able to open and raise funds, the HAB continued its financial support.

“In fact, from 2021 to 2023 the HAB has provided BHB $850,000 in funding. We are so grateful to the organisation and to all its wonderful staff and volunteers who make this possible. Through its gifts, the HAB has made, and continues to make, a significant impact on the healthcare we provide to the entire island.”

A spokesperson said, “The HAB is one of the oldest charities in Bermuda. Started in 1953, its aim has always been to support BHB, the island’s only acute care and mental health hospitals, with resources for clinical equipment which will improve care and treatment. Volunteers are easily recognised as adult Pink Ladies and Men and student candy stripers.

“Hospital ambulances, dialysis machines, CT scanners and lab equipment are examples of vital equipment made possible through HAB donations.

“If you are interested in becoming an HAB volunteer, please contact HAB General Manager Nancy Oughton at nancy.oughton@bhb.bm or 239-1525 or stop by the HAB office on the first floor of the KEMH General Wing.”

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  1. Hilarious! says:

    Silly question but whatever happened to the $100 million or so that was discovered by the BHB pre-covid? Heck, $100 million. Is the BHB up to date with its annual audits? Yes, another silly question.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Actually, the Bermuda Hospitals Board had an unqualified opinion in the most recent report of the Auditor General, so yes the BHB up to date with its annual audits.

      Annual Reports and Special Reports of the Auditor General can be found at http://www.oagbermuda.bm/organisation-reports.php

      • Hilarious! says:

        Thank you. And what happened to the $100 million?

      • Hilarious! says:

        “so yes the BHB up to date with its annual audits.” Oh, my! Danger Will Robinson, danger! (the Robot from Lost in Space)

        The latest AG audit report posted at your link is for the Financial Year Ended March 31, 2019. It is for the entire Government. Not up to date.

        p. 56 – BHB is missing financials for years 2016, 2017, 2018.

        The BHB website has annual reports up to fiscal year 2019-2020. 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 are missing. So again, not up to date.

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