A Remarkable Tradition of Caring

April 9, 2009

SMGH Foundation – Who We Are and What We Do

Today, few hospitals in Ontario can maintain quality healthcare services without donations from residents in the community. This is why your support is so important to Strathroy Hospital.

It was only because of donated funds, a gift of property and medical supplies, that the original hospital site was able to open in 1914.  A group of local committed citizens saw a need for local healthcare and worked hard to raise the money to open the hospital.

From 1914 to today, many individuals have left their legacy to strengthen healthcare  while new generations have taken their place as committed donors. This is the true spirit of generosity – a dedication to helping others in need and remarkable tradition of caring.

The Hospital Foundation was established in 1989 with a very small but dedicated team who work with hospital staff, patients and their families, and residents to fund projects. Through both large and small donations, legacies and fundraising events, the Foundation strives to raise much needed funds for new equipment, education for staff, physician recruitment, and capital expansion projects like the building of the Emergency and Ambulatory Care Departments a few years ago.

Many times during the year, the Foundation transfers donations to the Hospital so that priority medical equipment can be ordered.

The Foundation’s goal is to continually meet the needs of the hospital by raising money from the community. We must bridge the funding gap between what the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) provides for daily hospital operating expenses (hospital salaries, supplies, drugs, etc.); and what they do not fund which is new technology needed to serve patients. Some examples of technology not funded by the MOHLTC include: surgical equipment, medication carts, a fluoroscopic x-ray machine, and much more. These are just a few of the items we need to fundraise for this year.  Altogether, the Foundation must raise $1,111,600 to upgrade and pay for new equipment at the hospital in 2009.

Another reason that we must continually raise funds for new equipment is that physicians, nurses and medical professionals train on the most advanced technology. They use equipment to help diagnose and treat illness as quick as possible for patients.  It’s very difficult to attract new physicians when you don’t have the tools available for them to do their important work.

Only with your help will the Foundation be able to continue supporting the hospital to purchase equipment for nursing care, surgical and diagnostic imaging services. For a full list of what we are raising funds for this year, visit http://www.smghfoundation.on.ca. 

Donations to the Foundation are an investment in your community’s health. We all deserve the best possible care.

If you would like more information or have any questions about the Foundation, please feel free to contact me at 519-245-5632, email smclean@smghfoundation.on.ca.

You can find the SMGH Foundation’s audit and compliance return listed on the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate by visiting http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/haip/srch/sec/SrchInput03Render-e?bn=132974270RR0001.  

SMGH Foundation’s charitable registration number is 13297 4270 RR0001.