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Campaign Reaches $1 Million thanks to McDonagh Insurance $25,000 Donation
Campaign Reaches $1 Million thanks to McDonagh Insurance $25,000 Donation
            The Wingham & District Hospital Foundation’s Our Hospital, Our Future fundraising campaign has surpassed the $1 million mark in its quest to raise $4 million towards the major redevelopment of the Hospital. This major milestone was achieved in part due to the generosity of McDonagh Insurance Brokers who donated the one millionth dollar.
            Prior to Christmas, Wayne and Conor McDonagh, owners of McDonagh Insurance Brokers Ltd., heard from campaign team leader Jenny Hogervorst that the campaign was within striking distance of the one million dollar mark. Without hesitation they wrote a cheque for the first instalment of their five year pledge to donate $25,000
on behalf of McDonagh Insurance Brokers and their staff. That cheque included the memorable one millionth dollar.  
            McDonagh Insurance Brokers has offices in Wingham, Lucknow and Teeswater. The McDonaghs say their $25,000 pledge was made in recognition of the fact that the Hospital is important in the lives of all their employees and clients regardless of which town they live or work in.
            The Board of the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation and the Our Hospital, Our Future campaign team are grateful to all the generous donors who have already committed their pledges and set the campaign on the path towards success. To date, the Our Hospital, Our Future campaign has raised $1.3 million of the $4 million goal. All the funds raised will go towards the expansion of the only chemotherapy clinic in Huron and Bruce Counties, the pharmacy, outpatient clinic, operating suite, team nursing station, sterilization department, upgrading digital imaging equipment, creation of new rehabilitation space, accessible showers, the new front entrance and the creation of a new larger primary care clinic. The clinic will be located in the new Health and Wellness Campus which is being created in the former Wingham Public School. The Health Campus will alleviate the space deficit caused by department expansions in the Hospital and unite primary care providers in a one-stop-shop location focussed on meeting the needs of an aging population.    
            Work has already begun on some aspects of the redevelopment project. Recent activities include new flooring and wall finishes in the Emergency Department, renovations in the former Boardroom to create a Rehabilitation space closer to the main entrance, and installation of new electrical service and public washrooms in the Health Campus. Tenders have closed for the renovations to the new Health Campus, for the creation of the new Hospital registration area and for an accessible washroom at the main entrance. Directional signage is now in place outside the Hospital.
            The progress towards the fundraising goal and the visible beginnings of the renovations are encouraging. Campaign Chair Mark Foxton says he hopes “the strong community support that has helped us reached the $1 million mark will continue and inspire others to get involved as well.” An investment in the Wingham & District Hospital is an investment in the future of local healthcare. 

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Staff of McDonagh Insurance Brokers present their $25,000 pledge to campaign team members.
Back row L to R:  WDH Foundation Director Debbie Gammie, Campaign Team Leader Jenny Hogervorst, Campaign Chair Mark Foxton, Conor McDonagh (owner), Ben Kennedy, Robin McDonagh, Breanne McDonagh, Jacky Murray, Jack MacPherson.
Front Row L to R: Linda Edgar, Alison Simpson, Amanda Small,
Wayne McDonagh (owner), and Faith Reinhart.  
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