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Newmont gives Timmins hospital foundation $40K boost

It's being used to buy portable negative pressure units, and CO2 monitors
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Gilles Guillemette (left), Bryan Neeley, Barb McCormick, Vicky Bernard, and Kim Bazinet at the Timmins and District Hospital. (Supplied photo)

The health-care team at Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) will be better equipped to make quick, informed decisions thanks to a donation from Newmont Porcupine.

According to the TADH Foundation, the Timmins mine has donated $40,000 to the hospital as part of its ongoing efforts to support the community during COVID-19.

The money will be used to buy two portable negative pressure units worth $15,000 each, and two CO2 monitors that have a pricetag of about $5,000 each.

"We want to do our part to support the fight against the pandemic and these donation to the TADH will directly benefit our communities, employees and neighbours," said Bryan Neeley, Newmont's manager of sustainability and external relations, in a news release.

The portable air purification systems allow a typical hospital room to be converted to a sterile room during infection control and isolation periods.

"The CO2 monitors are used in the emergency department to monitor the level of carbon dioxide in the blood stream. Coupled with other monitoring equipment, these units will make it easier for health-care teams to make quick informed decisions," reads the announcement.

The hospital's manager of donor relations, Barb McCormick, said Newmont Porcupine is a huge community supporter and has stepped up during the pandemic.

"It's crucial that we remember the government does not fund the purchase of equipment. We rely on donors, like Newmont, to purchase equipment," she said.

Newmont Porcupine has contributed to a number of initiatives to help the Timmins area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May, it announced $250,000 to help the Timmins Chamber of Commerce support small businesses in their return to work, and in April it contributed $150,000 to social services initiatives in Timmins and Chapleau.

The contributions come from the company's $20-million Newmont Global Community Support Fund, created in an effort to help the communities in which it operates.