Port Elgin Legion Branch continues to support health care

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday (April 4th), Port Elgin Legion Branch 340 once again made significant donations to the Owen Sound Hospital Foundation (OSHF) and Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation(SMHF).

Amy McKinnon of OSHF accepted $3,000 from the annual Poppy fund, Branch donation of $300 toward Oncology and $750 from the Ladies Auxiliary.

(L) Rhonda Harrison (Charity Committee), Amy McKinnon (OSHF), Alex Taylor (Poppy Committe Chair) & Vicky Taylor (Legion Ladies Auxiliary)

McKinnon explained that the monies will go toward the new updating system of medical records.  In the past, the Oncology record for a patient has been kept on a secondary software computer system implemented several years ago by the government but, with the new system, all medical records for a patient will be available in one location making it easier for health care providers to access. “The oncology department in Owen Sound is regional and this donation will make a real difference in treatment for oncology patients.  The new system is a complicated project that will take some time but, thanks to your (Legion) support, this will make a difference.”

(L) Vicky Taylor (Ladies Auxiliary), Stacey Catalano (SMHF Chair) & Alex Taylor (Legion Branch Poppy Chair)

Stacey Catalano, Chair of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF),  also accepted a $3,000 donation from the Poppy fund and $1,500 from the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.   “This will go toward cardiac monitors that will make such a difference to our in-patients and improve the quality of care close to home and will save lives.  Equipment for our hospital depends on the generosity of donations like this because we received no government funding for equipment.  We thank you for your on-going support for our hospital – it is needed and very much appreciated.”