June 24 - Thanks to the incredible generosity of a record number of donors, close to $2.3 million was raised for Guelph General Hospital this past fiscal year.
Of that, more than $772,000 was used to buy equipment and the balance has been set aside for priority projects expected to happen this year such as the Hospital’s new Nuclear Medicine Program. This good news was shared at The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s Annual General meeting yesterday.
One of the purchases this year was a new, electronic information system for Hospital’s operating rooms, one of its most complex areas. The new system helps make the ORs as safe, efficient and patient friendly as possible by pulling together and coordinating a wide variety of critical information. The main beneficiaries are the 15,000 patients a year who have surgeries there.
“Each day at Guelph General Hospital, lives are changed, and most often, equipment purchased through the generosity of our donors plays a role,” Foundation CEO Suzanne Bone commented. “Donors directly impact patient care at our Hospital, every day, and we are grateful.”
Two new board members were welcomed to the Foundation - Bob Berry, a recently retired partner at Miller Thomson and Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Senior Director, Sustainability and Citizenship, at The Co-operators.
New board chair Lynda Murray said they were excited to have these new members join the board. “They bring great experience and perspective, and we look forward to them helping develop strategies to raise funds to help our Hospital care for our community.”
Murray took over as Chair last night. Andrew Anderson, Chair since 2013, became Past Chair.
The Foundation also celebrated the contributions of three board members whose terms ended. Randy Brant (SmithValeriote), John Pollice (TD) and Carlo Mann (Manor Landscaping and Property Maintenance). Between them, they provided almost 20 years of service to the Foundation.
The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s purpose is ‘saving lives and improving health, together with our community.’ Government funding is a base, but fundraising is essential to deliver the best possible care and in recent years, one of every two dollars the Hospital spent on patient care equipment came from donor support.