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 2016/2017!
Here are just a few highlights of what donors and volunteers accomplished last year:
- It was a successful spring for the Foundation as we celebrated the opening of the Special Care Nursery. We were out and about at several community events including the local home shows and seniors’ picnic. We celebrated the Elgin Theatre Guild’s Calendar Girls’ production and with the help of the ETG, we had our first-ever Calendar Girls’ Calendar fundraiser. In April, the Cupcake Crusaders shared their love of cupcakes with the community through a successful fundraiser for OUR Hospital. In May, Elgin County women had a great night out with GCW Kitchens and Olympic figure skater Tessa Virtue.
- In the summer, we were taking mulligans at the Turk Turley Memorial Golf Tournament in Union, the Port Stanley Lions 7th Annual ‘Marr Family’ Golf Tournament & Fish Fry in Port Stanley, and the third It’s OUR Hospital Golf Tournament in Dutton. The Aylmer Kinsmen and community members walked 1,000km in support of OUR Hospital. And Great Lakes International Air Show returned to St. Thomas with flying success and supported the Great Expansion.
- In the fall, we were all smiles when Tim Hortons Smile Cookie program that supported the Great Expansion for a second year in a row. Our good friend Eleanor Robson introduced us to Story Time Bear, a beautifully illustrated children’s book that she, along with her husband Peter created 25 years ago, and now, will have a lasting impact as the funds were designated to the Special Care Nursery. We shuffled our way through the Railway City Road Races, hosted our fourth annual Gala – a Masquerade themed evening filled with gaming, auctions and entertainment – all in support of the new CT Scanner.
- And in the winter – well, spring-ish weather – we hosted our second-ever, no skills necessary, World Tubing Championships, which attracted over 40 teams and raised more than $60,000 to support the Great Expansion and STEGH’s new CT Scanner.
Just as importantly, and again only because of our donors and volunteers, we invested in advanced medical equipment. This past year, the Special Care Nursery opened newly renovated space on the hospital’s third floor with new equipment which was funded by the Foundation.
As we were fundraising for the new CT Scanner, it was exciting to see the new unit installed in November and become operational shortly thereafter. It is truly rewarding to see that STEGH can provide state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging tools and procedures for our families, friends and neighbours so their healthcare needs are looked after during each visit, at every stage of life, and as close to home as possible.
Of course, construction for the Great Expansion continued in earnest throughout 2016/17. Work on the interior started and continues; the bricks and mortar are being laid; and, the mechanical suite in the Emergency Department parking lot has been built. So much is going on, and we look forward to the year ahead as the building nears completion.
“It’s OUR Hospital” is more than a slogan. It’s so 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.
Warm Regards & Appreciation,
Thanks to our generous community, the STEGH Foundation was able to donate a total of $1,922,344 this past fiscal year to STEGH to benefit patient care.