Wednesday, July 8th, was an exciting day at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Despite the early morning heat, two donations were made to help offset the lost fundraising revenue from events, including the 2020 Gran Fondo Lake Huron, that have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The first was from Southampton Rotary Club for $3,500 raised at the recently held on-line East Coast Kitchen Party. The virtual event provided entertainment and East Coast inspired live music for those who jumped on zoom to enjoy the evening. The event was open to anybody and offered free tickets and a donation in any amount if a person was able to contribute. Local restaurants also helped by adding some festive East Coast flair with themed dishes available for take out or delivery to the home. The online event was put together to raise funds for a few local charities, including the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Another donation was then made from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for $5,000 in support of the purchase of a new ultrasound machine in the Diagnostic Imaging Dept at the Saugeen Memorial Hospital.
“Thanks to donations to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation from community groups, residents and companies like OPG we were able to purchase the new Phillip’s Epic ultrasound,” said Foundation Chair Jim Barbour.
According to staff, the new superior machine, which is faster and more efficient, also allows for better mobility to do portable beside imaging with improved resolution in comparison to the previous machine purchased in 2007 so that patients receive the best quality care.