Half a million donated dollars will go to equipment and initiatives within Grey Bruce Health Services.
A cheque was presented to hospital officials on Tuesday from the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation's Caring for Tomorrow Endowment Fund.
Hospital Foundation Charitable Giving Advisor Willard Van DerPloeg says hundreds of will bequests and other legacy gifts have been added to the Fund, where they are permanently invested.
A portion of the income earned, supports new equipment at the Hospital every year.
Projects to be funded this year include a new cast saw in Ambulatory Care, renovations and ceiling lifts for the Cardiac Care Unit to a number of pieces of lab equipment.
$10,650 of the total is designated for clinical staff education & training.
The Emerging Needs Fund contributed $360,000 towards the hospital's most urgent needs for equipment. Contributions from named and designated funds are listed at the bottom of the article.
Meanwhile, Director of Medical Imaging Anne Robertson says the fundraising campaign for a new MRI machine (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is getting closer to its goal of $4.7 million. That money includes renovations in the hospital that will need to be done to accommodate a new machine, "We're around $3 million right now," says Robertson.
Robertson says the current machine is 15 years old and starting to become problematic. She says an updated machine will put patients through a scan faster, which in turn will reduce wait times for scans and result in serving more patients on the whole.
Robertson says people come from all over Grey Bruce for the MRI machine, and occasionally from further afield because the wait is shorter than it is in Kitchener and London.
There are a number of ways to contribute to the MRI campaign. Catch The Ace is taking place right now. It's a card based lottery system designed to raise money and pay out a winner as well.
Cardiac Trust $13,000
D.S. Fleming $4,000
Peter Di Tursi $12,000
Brian Rudrick $4,000
Merna Litwiller $11,000
Cancer Care $3,500
Lois & Donald Dowkes $10,500
Percy & Kathleen Noble $2,750
Robert Edgar $10,500
IPM 2004 $2,500
Jessie Calder $9,500
Chris Coulter $2,500
Howey Memorial Fund $9,000
Catherine Taylor $7,500
Heart Care $1,400
Jean Clugston $7,500
Diagnostic Services $1,250
Large and Cardoso Vision Care $7,000
Helen Foster $1,000
Gordon & Doris Wilkinson $6,100
George Chamberlain $650
Marie & Carl Kellough $5,000
Ruth Hindman $550
Tom Williams $5,000
More information on the Caring for Tomorrow Endowment Fund is available by contacting the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation at 519-372-3925.
Endowment donor Thomas Foster (centre) presents $500,000 for medical equipment & staff training to #GBHS Interim President & CEO,— GBHS (@GreyBruceHealth) March 26, 2019
Maureen Solecki (left) & Chief, Medical Staff, Dr. Mike Marriott,
(right). The funds were earned in the Foundation’s endowment during 2018. pic.twitter.com/lk8xqnPrSf