Hospital technology campaign at 86% of fundraising goal

Get better technology campaign for bracebridge hospital

(May 21 MUSKOKA) At the official launch of the Get Better capital campaign at the Kirrie Glen Golf Club on Thursday, May 21, the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation (SMHF) announced that just under $1 million remains to be raised. The campaign goal of $6.5 million is to upgrade technology at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site in Bracebridge. To date, $5,598,133 has been raised.

Extraordinary response across all community sectors

“We’ve had an incredible response,” says Paul Hammond, SMHF chair, “from all sectors of our community. The seasonal and permanent residents have both stepped up to the plate as have the business community and service clubs. We’ve achieved so much in so little time – all due to the support of these generous donors and the hard work of our campaign cabinet.”

Components of the $6.5 million ‘Get Better’ campaign include $2.5 million for diagnostic imaging upgrades (digital mammogram, CT and x-ray), $2.5 million to install an electronic health record system, $1 million for automating pharmacy operations and $500,000 to expand video-conferencing so that patients and medical teams can better access specialists.

Taking the lead were 124 individuals, businesses and service clubs who stepped up prior to the official launch of the campaign. Forty-five of these donors provided $25,000 and up, earning them special naming privileges as a member of the Peter Gilgan Circle of Care. The largest individual donors include Peter Gilgan, who donated $1 million, Eileen Sugg and family at $750,000, Brock & Willa Napier at $500,000 and the Hillman family of Beaumaris at $260,000. The top organizational donors include the municipalities of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst and the Auxiliary to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.

Due to the unprecedented progress of the campaign through the support of all of the leadership donors, the mammography machine has already been installed and the electronic health record system will be operational in June. Last December, the telemedicine office was relocated and renovated to better accommodate patients and their families while providing access to specialists.

For more information or to make a donation, contact the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.

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