Royal Columbian Hospital gets new dolls – these aren’t no Barbie’s

Members of the Group of Five are just dolls about helping equip Royal Columbian Hospital with much-needed equipment.

The local non-profit group recently purchased three trauma care simulators for the hospital – one of a baby, another of a one-year-old and a third of a five-year-old child. Gerda Suess, one of the founders of the Group of Five, recently checked out one of the trauma care simulators.

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The Group of Five raised money for the equipment at last summer’s fundraiser at River’s Reach Pub that was supported by the two Scotiabank branches in New Westminster.

The Group of Five was also able to purchase an airway management trainer because of the support of Ron Unger at Star Illumination for a November fundraiser at the Galbraith House.

“Star Illumination was prominent in donating heavily to purchase an airway management trainer,” Suess said. “That is a bust – it’s only the neck and head of a doll. They train on them, just like the other training on the other dolls.”

The Group of Five is a group of local women who hold various fundraisers during the year to buy equipment for Royal Columbian Hospital, after consulting with physicians about the hospitals’ needs.

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