Support SMHF – Campaigns

The Annual Campaign

Gifts to the Annual Fund provide South Muskoka Hospital Foundation with the opportunity to augment learning resources, enhance patient programs, invest in new equipment and technology, increase scholarship and continually upgrade our facilities to enrich the patient experience.

The Annual Fund represents over $600,000 annually in program enhancements. Thank you for your continued support!

Your support enables and ensures our future, and we thank you.

To find out how you can make a difference in South Muskoka, please look at our pages Donate Now and Ways of Giving or contact the SMHF directly through email or by calling the Foundation Office at: (705) 645-4404 x 3193.

 

The Get Better capital campaign

The Get Better campaign is a $6.5 million capital campaign to update technology at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site in Bracebridge.

Our Hospital’s single largest need today is an investment in technology. Technology is the key to maintaining our decades-long reputation as a provider of quality health care services.

The South Muskoka Hospital Foundation has committed to raise$6.5 million  to improve health care through four main areas of technological investment. Investing in these four specific areas will enable our hospital to achieve in its ongoing commitment to provide excellent health care services to the residents of South Muskoka.

Diagnostic Imaging $2.5 million
Electronic Health Records & Digital Reporting $2.5 million
Automated Drug Administration $1 million
Specialized Care Networks and Virtual Reporting  $500,000

“Technology is critically important to delivering health care services and saving lives,” says Dr. Jan Goossens, Chief of Staff. “Having access to electronic health records means that when seconds count, everything we need to know will be at our fingertips. An expanded telemedicine system means access to specialized care. An automated medication management system means peace of mind for better and safer drug administration, while new diagnostic imaging equipment will give us faster and more accurate ways to diagnose our patients.”

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Campaign Celebration December 2015

South Muskoka celebrates early completion of Get Better campaign

South Muskoka celebrates early completion of Get Better campaign

South Muskoka celebrates early completion of Get Better campaign

It took just two-and-a-half years for the community to complete what they were told would take three to four years. The Get Better campaign, to bring state-of the-art technology to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site, not only concluded early but also surpassed its goal of $6.5 million. Donations exceeded the goal by $250,000 for a total raised of $6.75 million.
The donor roll consisted of seasonal and permanent residents as well as the South Muskoka business community and service clubs.

The larger donations included 38 gifts of $10,000, 37 gifts of $25,000, 15 gifts of $50,000, seven gifts of $100,000, three gifts of $250,000, two gifts of $500,000, one gift of $750,000 and lastly, one gift of $1,000,000. Donations of $25,000 or more are recognized by designation to the Peter Gilgan Circle of Care.

Campaign launch May 2015

Campaign quickly gains momentum as Get Better campaign launch announced $5,598,133 or 86% of goal

“Extraordinary” is what campaign volunteers called it at the launch. It was merely 24 months since they first started on the journey to raise $6.5 million. At the official campaign launch in May they found themselves just 86 per cent of that goal – or just $900,000 shy.

“We’re way ahead of where they told us we’d be,” says Paul Hammond, Chair of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. “We’re now coming into the home stretch.”

: Front row, from left: Charles Forret, David Smith, Bob Jones, Mark Gidley, Paul Hammond. Back row, from left: Natalie Bubela, Ron Doty, Joanne Brown, Angela LeMaitre, Margaret Michalski, Doug Lamb, Jinty Stewart, Colin Miller, Kent Phillips.

Front row, from left: Charles Forret, David Smith, Bob Jones, Mark Gidley, Paul Hammond. Back row, from left: Natalie Bubela, Ron Doty, Joanne Brown, Angela LeMaitre, Margaret Michalski, Doug Lamb, Jinty Stewart, Colin Miller, Kent Phillips.

"Peaches" brings her usual flair to the campaign launch.

“Peaches” brings her usual flair to the campaign launch.

Doctor Duo: Doctors Kristen Jones and Kent Phillips extolled the virtues of electronic health records

Doctor Duo: Doctors Kristen Jones and Kent Phillips extolled the virtues of electronic health records.

Peter Gilgan thanks donors who followed his lead and became Peter Gilgan thanks donors who followed his lead and became members of the Peter Gilgan Circle of Care.

Peter Gilgan thanks donors who followed his lead and became members of the Peter Gilgan Circle of Care.


 Why do we need up-to-date equipment in South Muskoka?

  • Modern diagnostic imaging equipment, for example, provides immediate and accurate images and enables physicians to diagnose and determine treatment for their patients in a highly effective manner.
  • Attraction and retention of qualified medical practitioners to South Muskoka. Today, physicians consider a certain level of technology to be essential tools of their trade. A hospital without these tools has a much more difficult time attracting medical practitioners to their area.
  • Viability of the hospital’s emergency department services. Being equipped with the appropriate technology ensures the viability of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site as an emergency and acute care centre.
  • Technology greatly enhances patient care and treatment. The level of detail and accuracy of the diagnosis provided by a CT scanner, for example, provides state-of-the-art information to better facilitate subsequent treatment.
  • Decreased wait times. The local availability of equipment such as a CT scanner significantly decreases wait times for Muskoka residents and visitors.
  • Patient comfort and convenience. The need to transport patients to better equipped hospitals in other areas is dramatically reduced if we are a well-equipped hospital.
  • Serves our unique population demographic and benefits all. Muskoka’s aging population is better served through up-to-date technology. Furthermore, the benefits of a well-equipped hospital apply not only to the 30,000 year-round residents, but also the 75,000 seasonal residents and 600,000 visitors.
  • Improves the community overall. Muskoka is a more attractive place to live for families, retirees and businesses when the community is supported by a hospital with up-to-date technology.

One example of what modern medical equipment can do.Our CT scanner can detect tumours, injuries, haemorrhages, inflammatory conditions, and evidence of stroke and conditions such as appendicitis. There are some things only a CT scanner can do, such as show the cause of a stroke, and this information is critical for determining treatment.