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Campaign Celebrates Success; $4.5 Million Raised
Campaign Celebrates Success; $4.5 Million Raised

The Wingham & District Hospital Foundation’s Our Hospital, Our Future campaign has successfully achieved and surpassed its $4 million fundraising goal wrapping up the campaign with just over $4.5 million. The campaign began in the summer of 2015 to support the major redevelopment of the Wingham & District Hospital. Thanks to the generous contributions of many local businesses and individuals the $4 million goal was achieved in just over a year.

There were many individuals who assisted with the fundraising efforts but the individuals who comprised the campaign team were especially instrumental and deserve the credit for the campaign success. Campaign team members Andy McBride, Scott Miller, Ian Montgomery, Bernie Bailey, Steve Tiffin, Jenny Hogervorst, Bart Cameron, and Campaign Chair Mark Foxton all gave countless hours and endless energy to ensure the success of the campaign and the Hospital redevelopment project.

Foxton announced the final fundraising total of $4,500,000 at a celebration event on July 21. During the announcement he said, “We all believe in safeguarding quality healthcare for the people of Wingham, and all of Huron County”. Foxton believes a modern, quality Hospital is necessary to attract businesses and the young families that keep our communities vibrant and viable. Foxton concluded by celebrating the $4.5 million total and looking forward to the “amazing years ahead with people in our community can stay close to home for critical healthcare services".

The $4 million fundraising goal has been surpassed, but the entire combined Hospital redevelopment project will total over $17 million with less than $6 million of the funding coming from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The remainder will come from local sources and traditional loan financing. To that end, the WDH Foundation will still accept contributions towards the campaign and the redevelopment project. Any additional donations received will reduce the debt load and help the Hospital maintain a more stable financial position. Any donations made towards the project in the coming months will continue to significantly benefit the future of the Hospital and local healthcare.

The first stages of the redevelopment project are already underway. The second story of the clinic in the new Community Healthcare Campus is currently being installed and is on track to have the Family Health Team move in later this year. Within the Hospital, renovations are nearing completion on the new admitting space and Rehab Department. These aspects of the redevelopment were funded locally and are necessary to create space for the new Oncology Department.

While a lot of work has been completed, there is more still ahead to expand and improve not only the Oncology Department but also the Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care Clinic, Sterilization Department, In-Patient Nursing Station and Operating Suite, replace digital imaging equipment and to create the Community Healthcare Campus. The community’s patience is greatly appreciated as these changes take place. The WDH Foundation and the LWHA Board recognize that neither the success of the Our Hospital, Our Future campaign not the major redevelopment of the Hospital would be possible without the support of the community. 

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