Richmond Hospital Foundation Gratitude Report 2017: Donation to fund ventilator inspired by ICU team
Mar. 22, 2017
RICHMOND HOSPITAL'S ICU is home to two brand new ventilators thanks to the generosity of donors at Richmond Hospital Foundation’s 18th Starlight Gala. For one donor, the extraordinary care his grandmother received in the ICU served as inspiration to provide full funding for one of the units himself.
Six ventilators in the Richmond Hospital’s ICU were at the end of their lifespan but two new replacement ventilators were generously funded by donors attending the Starlight Gala. That evening, upon hearing the ventilators were needed, Amit Sandhu spontaneously stood up and approached the stage to tell the audience he would personally fully fund one of the units himself thanks to the great care of the ICU team.
“I’M SO GRATEFUL TO THE ENTIRE ICU TEAM FOR THEIR COMPASSIONATE CARE.”
— AMIT SANDHU
Amit Sandhu , CEO of Ampri Group, and his family have been longtime supporters of Richmond Hospital. In 2014 Sandhu’s grandmother had been taken to ICU in critical condition and was placed on a ventilator, a critical piece of life-sustaining equipment that helps move air in and out of patients’ lungs when they are unable to breathe on their own. The ventilator helped sustain her life so she was able to say goodbye to many of her relatives, some of whom travelled from out of town to see her in the hospital. Although sadly she passed away, the family was grateful they had precious extra time that included a celebration of her 80th birthday.
“I sat at the bedside of my grandmother while a 30-year-old ventilator helped her breathe. I’ll never forget those extra moments we were able to have together,” Sandhu said. “I’m so grateful to the entire ICU team for their compassionate care.”
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