Special Fundraising Appeal Update

August 17, 2009

During our 20thanniversary year we are asking the community to support us in our fundraising for Strathroy Hospital.  Your gifts enable us to provide much needed financial support for current and long term capital and special projects for patient care, education and innovation.

Last month we mailed out a special fundraising appeal featuring  information about the hospital and current priorities. Dr. Paul Ferner, SMGH Chief of Staff also mailed a new request for donations as part of our Grateful Patient Fundraising Program.

$42,861 has been donated in the past month by 406 individuals who responded to these letters. We are extremely grateful to these donors who have been so generous in their support of Strathroy Hospital in our 20th anniversary year. These gifts will help the hospital to purchase new equipment, fund capital building projects or education and training for hospital staff.

We are now asking those who have considered supporting the hospital, but have not had the opportunity to make their donation, to do so as soon as possible. Your gift of any amount enables the Foundation to continue its work in support of the hospital and plan for the future.

For more information about the projects we’re supporting please visit the current priorities section of our website.

How to Donate

You can donate online or over the phone by calling 519-245-5295 x.5020 or download a donation formand mail it to us at the following address: SMGH Foundation, 395 Carrie St., Strathroy, Ontario, N7G 3J4.


Thanks for your continued support…

December 22, 2008

What I enjoy most about my work at the Foundation are the discussions I have with donors. It lifts my spirits to hear the reasons why people choose to support the hospital.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when the holiday season approaches, I get on the phone and start calling people.


Every day news headlines uncover yet another troubling component of the faltering economy, and it becomes easy to miss the positive stories.


I was talking with one of our yearly donors and he told me he was laid off. Tough times face his family, and yet, he decided to continue donating because the hospital is important to his children. This steadfast support warms our hearts and reinforces our resolve.


Many donors have concerns over recent news that the hospital will be cutting back in order to balance its budget. It’s true, the hospital is undergoing a transformation. Most people don’t know it, but due to a shift in the way care is provided, the hospital now has more outpatient visits, approximately 97,000 during 2008, with fewer overnight stays – only 3,000. As a result, demand for services is changing.


The Ministry of Health provides funding for hospital operation costs including supplies, drugs, salaries and other daily expenses.  Base hospital funding increased by just over 2% in  2008. Unfortunately, this does not keep up with increasing costs. As an example, the cost of medical and surgical supplies has increased between 4-5%.


I called an elderly woman to thank her for a very generous donation she made to the Foundation. She told me that her knee was replaced and it changed her life, now she’s mobile again. The joint replacement program has been a great success and made such a difference in the lives of many people in the region.


The past year has presented some challenges for Strathroy Hospital. The Foundation’s goal is to meet the needs of the hospital, bridging the gap between Ministry funding and patient needs. State of the art equipment is a priority in order to provide the best possible care. Together with your help, we will continue to support the hospital through this period of change.


While families brace for the worst, we are empathetic to those who are faced by troubled times. Please know that we appreciate your support and will make sure as always, that every dollar donated is a dollar well spent.


On behalf of the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and staff, I wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season. A heartfelt thanks goes to every donor and volunteer. Your wonderful spirit of giving and caring is inspiring; may it be with you all this holiday season and throughout the coming year.