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Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation reports successful year
by Sandy Lindsay

June 27, 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

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Foundation presents cheque to Lance Thurston, President & CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS)
(L-R) Merle Rath, Shannon Van Valkenburg (Sec.-Treas.), Susan Dunlop, Jonna Ebel (Chair), Lance Thurston, Andy Bingham, Joan Vaughan (Director), Tony Sheard (Campaign Chair) and Jim Barbour (Vice-Chair)


(L-R) Sally Kidson (Exec. Dir.) Tony Sheard, Shannon Van Valkenburg (Sec.-Treas.), Susan Dunlop (Dir.), Jonna Ebel (Chair) Merle Rath  (Dir.), Joan Vaughan (Dir.), Jim Barbour (Vice-Chair) and Sarah Dolbeck (Financial Officer)

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation presented its audited statements for 2015 - 2016 fiscal year at its recent Annual General Meeting.

The Foundation reported it has raised $1,068,188 against expenditures of $141,636, for a total cost per dollar raised of only 13 cents.  "This is fabulous," said Chair Jonna Ebel.  "We aim to keep a low cost per dollar while continuing to move the Foundation forward.  It is very important to us and to our donors."

Fundraising for the new ER/Lab expansion at the Southampton Hospital now totals $2.6Million received in donations with another $600,000 listed as pledges and  promises that are expected to come in before the construction projects is completed in 2018.

"We are pleased to do our part for this important facility that helps care for the patients of Saugeen Shores and beyond who require Cancer Care," said Hospital Campaign Chair,Tony Sheard, following a cheque presentation of $287,625 to Lance Thurston, President & CEO of the Grey Bruce Health Services. 

In addition, the Foundation raised approximately $350,000 towards annual needs for the purchase of much needed replacement equipment.  "Sometimes people forget that the government does not pay for replacement equipment," said Executive Director, Sally Kidson.  "Each year, we received a list of priority needs for which we have to raise funds.  Our challenges in this new fiscal year is to raise $440,000 for the purchase of equipment."

Jim Barbour, Foundation Vice-Chair, also thanked the volunteers, community organizations, businesses and individual donors, who have made this possible.  "From the $1.00 donation to significant gifts, in wills, donations from corporations and organizations, we are very grateful that so many recognize that keeping health care close to home is a  priority that we all need to support financially."

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Andy Bingham retires

The Foundation also said good-bye to long-time Board Member, Andy Bingham, and welcomed new member Mary Jo Arnett. 


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