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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

AMGH Foundation Requests $50,000 From Goderich Council

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Goderich hospital foundation says almost 15,000 people served at town ER in 2017.

The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation hopes for some municipal generosity come budget time.

Officials appeared before Council Monday, asking for a $50 thousand grant.

Foundation Coordinator Shannon LaHay and Vice Chair Brenda Teichert reviewed a busy 2017 at the hospital, which is staging a fundraising drive to replace intravenous pumps.

LaHay says all the pumps need to be replaced at a cost of $250 thousand, because the manufacturer no longer services them.

They've raised about $150 thousand so far.

She points to the community aspect of AMGH, where local patients don't have to travel far for care.

LaHay told Council the hospital had almost 15 thousand visits to the emergency room last year while there were 13 thousand ambulatory visits and 1,900 patients were admitted.

Council has voted to refer the AMGH request to budget deliberations, which take place next Monday and Tuesday.

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