Sarnia plant workers shell out big bucks for hospital

Employees from Shell Sarnia presenting Bluewater Health with a cheque for $83,000. December 21, 2018. (Photo by BWH)

What a Christmas present for Bluewater Health’s maternal infant child unit.

Shell Sarnia employees and contractors have raised $83,000 for the hospital for the purchase of two new Isolettes — an incubator for premature babies.

Shell Safety Lead Dan DeGurse said the funds were raised as part of the company’s Goal Zero campaign, a health and safety initiative.

“An idea came from Guy Hackwell, the current GM, that something Shell had done out west is instead of doing safety promotional items, they paid it forward,” said DeGurse. “So for every 24-hour period without an injury, our Goal Zero achieved, a donation would be made.”

DeGurse said it’s the first year they’ve conducted the campaign, but that they plan on continuing the initiative.

He said every employee at the Sarnia site took part.

“From the crane operators to the pipe fitters, to the vending machine folks, everybody was apart of the success of this. It was a site team challenge that the employees, contractors, everybody wanted to see this Incubank tally grow,” said DeGurse.

An Isolette is designed to provide a stable, cocoon-like environment for a baby, and allows healthcare workers to continuously monitor both the core and peripheral body temperature.