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Friends!

What a year it’s been for the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation!  Our mission of partnering with the community to support OUR award-winning Hospital in the delivery of an excellent patient care experience extended across Elgin County and took place in all four seasons in 2015/2016!

Here are just a few highlights of what donors and volunteers accomplished last year:

  • It was an auspicious spring for the Foundation as we followed in the footsteps of the Hospital itself in winning an Award of Merit from the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce!
  • In the summer, we were taking mulligans at the Turk Turley Memorial Golf Tournament in Union, the Port Stanley Lions 6th Annual ‘Marr Family’ Golf Tournament & Fish Fry in Port Stanley, the Condie Cancer Cup in St. Thomas, and the second-ever It’s OUR Hospital Golf Tournament in Dutton.
  • In the fall, we shuffled our way through the Railway City Road Races, hosted Chef Michael Smith at Black Tie & Pearls, our third-annual Gala, and partnered with the Elgin Theatre Guild on a 2016 calendar.
  • And in the winter, we hosted the first-ever, no skills necessary, World Tubing Championships, which attracted 39 teams and raised more than $50,000 to renovate OUR Special Care Nursery.

Just as importantly, and again only because of our donors and volunteers, we invested in a state-of-the-art Digital Mammography Unit, a new Patient Family Resource Centre, and provided nearly $200,000 for the purchase of advanced medical equipment.

Of course, the Great Expansion continued in earnest throughout 2015/16 and we reached some important milestones. First, we met and then surpassed our $13 million fundraising goal – tip of the hat to Campaign Chair, Ken Monteith for his tenacious work.  Second, we reset our fundraising goal to $16 million to include the purchase of a CT Scanner so that OUR Hospital would have the very best equipment to keep us safe when we open our doors to this transformational project.  Finally, we received our first-ever $1 million gift from two local factories.

It’s OUR Hospital is not just a slogan.  It’s much more than that.  It’s the recognition that our shared community plays an integral role in the delivery of an excellent patient care experience.  It’s acknowledgement that OUR Hospital needs our support.  It’s a commitment to ensuring the healthcare our families and friends deserve is available at STEGH during each visit, at every stage of life, and as close to home as possible.

Warm Regards & Appreciation,

Paul Jenkins
Executive Director

Special Care Nursery	Female with blonde hair and purple sweater sitting down holding a small baby with a feeding tube in its nose.

STEGH recently opened newly renovated Special Care Nursery space on its third floor made possible due to the STEGH Foundation’s generous support.