The Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation had a successful end to 2019 with its annual Light the Way fundraiser raising approximately $230,000 for hospital needs.
With the new year comes new fundraising ideas says SMHF Executive Director Tracy Murray who says some community members have started partnerships with the Hospital Foundation.
"The Community Partnership program is a new idea to bring in collaborative partnerships with business and organizations in the community that maybe haven't thought about their philanthropic giving or donating to the hospital before," says Murray.
Murray says the first partnership is with realtor Kate Cammidge Irwin whom has committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from every real estate transaction to Hospital Foundation.
"This new program is great because it works for smaller businesses, entrepreneurs as well as large companies," says Murray.
She added the need for healthcare and services is going to grow along with the rising populations which is over 5,000 people in the next ten years.
"The hospital provides over 16,500 emergency visits a year and as you can image that number is going to go up and we have to support the hospital to keep up with that demand in service."
Last year the hospital participated in 400 day surgery and saw 587,063 Lab Procedures.