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AMGH Foundation Looks For 10 Year Commitment

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

foundation looking to replace CT scanner & upgrade mental health facility.

The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation is calling on the community's generosity, as it seeks to raise $3.5 million in its year-long "All In For Your Health" campaign.

The AMGH needs to replace its decade-old CT scanner and upgrade the third-floor mental health facility, which has not been refurbished since it was developed in the 1970s.

Campaign Chair John Peet tells Country 104.9 News that the Foundation is approaching area municipal councils now, as they deliberate their budgets.

They hope the Town of Goderich will contribute $1 million over 10 years, the way Council did during the CT scanner campaign that ran from 2006 through 2008.

That drive sought $5.5 million for the scanner and an expansion to house it.

Peet says after talking to councils, the Foundation will seek donations from individuals and businesses while encouraging community groups to stage fundraising events.

The CT scanner costs $130 thousand a year to maintain, and runs on less-efficient technology.

The Foundation says the mental health department needs significant alterations to accommodate patients, and to reflect the changes that have taken place in treatment in the past 40 years.

The "All In For Your Health" campaign is expected to wrap up at the end of this year.

Council will discuss the Foundation request as budget deliberations continue.

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