WDH Foundation Events & News

Upcoming Events

October 20, 2018

The CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon

GOAL: $60,000 towards a 3D Scope Navigation System – LEARN MORE 

Get ready to listen and pledge! Eight local hospital foundations and CKNX will get together to host a unique all-day fundraiser at the CKNX Radio Station building in Wingham, Ontario. All you have to do is listen, pick up your phone and call to donate to the WDH Foundation. Stay tuned! For up to date information, click on this link to go the CKNX website.

New this year TEXT TO DONATE!
In the month of October text HERO WINGHAM to 41010 to give $10 to your hospital

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Great Hospital Race

Grab a teammate and a smile! We’re gearing up for our sixth annual Great Hospital Race! Race on foot around Wingham completing fun, sporty, messy and silly challenges. No previous knowledge of the Wingham area is required. Racers of all ages are welcome. This event will go rain, shine or snow! A great time for a great cause! Check in at 9am, Race at 10am.  Starting location will be revealed to registered participants. *Children 12 years old and younger must partner with an adult.

Hospital Community Events

Euchre Tournament

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Wingham. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary.
$5/pp – Win Cash Prizes!
A fun euchre tournament hosted by the Auxiliary to the Wingham & District Hospital to raise funds towards the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon goal of $60,000 towards new 3D Scope Navigation Technology for the operating room.
For more info contact Trudy Thomson at 519-357-2349

Girls’ Night Out – hosted by Deborah MacDonald

May 5, 2018

This evening of fun will benefit palliative care at the Wingham & District Hospital. Tickets are $55 each. 5:30 p.m. Doors open, cash bar. Mix and Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Gala Dinner served buffet style. Followed by a keynote address by respected sexuality researcher Dr. Robin Milhausen, fashions, games, silent auction and music. Information and tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/girls-night-out-tickets-43353267791  Reserved seting is recommended. Tables available for groups of 6 or 8. For reservations email Deborah at dsmacd77@gmail.com Visit FB @Girl’sNightOut

Doctor Recruitment Cash Draw

$800 in prizes! Draw date June 2018. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Hosted by Physician Recruitment. For more information, contact Jan McKague-Weishar at 519-357-3711 x5294 or jan.mckague@lwha.ca.

Euchre Nights

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Wingham Healthcare Campus (former Public School on John Street). Hosted by the Auxiliary to WDH. For information, contact Trudy Thompson at 519-357-2349 or Verna Steffler at 519-357-1184.

Current Funding Priorities

3D Scope Pilot Navigation System for Operating Room

  • A digital imaging system that creates a 3D visual of the bowel to better navigate a scope
  • Uses magnetic technology to track the scope
  • Requires 2 parts: the scope with pilot technology compatibility, the scope pilot tracking system which includes the imaging device and a monitor on which the image is viewed
  • Ideal for colonoscopy of difficult bowels
  • 60% of surgical procedures at the Wingham & District Hospital last year were colonoscopies
  • The Scope Pilot system supports optimal navigation for an efficient, safe and comfortable procedure
  • It improves patient compliance and satisfactions
  • The technology has been widely used in Europe but is newly approved in Canada. The Wingham & District Hospital would be one of the first in Ontario to have this cutting edge technology.


2016 – 2020
Major Hospital Redevelopment – Renovation, expansion and equipment upgrades for 6 departments:

  1. Specialists Clinic
  2. Oncology & Pharmacy  IN PROGRESS
  3. Inpatient Floor / Nursing  IN PROGRESS
  4. Surgical Suite
  5. Sterilization Department
  6. Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Replacement  DONE!

Progress Report


Community members were welcomed to the new medical clinic at the Royal Oaks Health & Wellness Centre in June. All physicians and staff are now settled into the new clinic space. The clinic is fully operational. Royal Oaks ribbon cutting opening


Work continues on the demolition of the former business offices, terrace room and physio gym in preparation for the construction of the new Oncology and Pharmacy departments. This includes additional supportive structural work. It is anticipated that the new areas will be completed early in the new year. A bright new waiting area is now open on the first floor. This area had previously been under construction. As part of the plan to create better access to patient services on the main floor this waiting room was created to provide a comfortable space for rehab, speech therapy and social work patients. Renovation Oncology and Pharmacy Renovation new waiting area


The former medical clinic space in the basement of the Hospital is in the progress of being renovated into much needed meeting space. As part of the effort to improve access to patient services on the first floor the administrative and meeting spaces that formerly occupied the first floor were displaced. If tasks remain on schedule, staff could possibly be moving in to their new offices in early October. Renovation Admin Area Renovation Admin Area

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Honouring a Lifetime of Service:
Gord Baxter to Retire from Role as Volunteer Treasurer of the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation

After 42 years of loyal involvement Gord Baxter, the long-time treasurer of the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation, is set to retire from the Board of Directors on June 19th. Gord has given thousands of hours of volunteer time and helped raise over $7 million in support of the Wingham & District Hospital.

Gord began his journey with the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation as an employee working in the Hospital’s finance department. The Foundation came into existence in 1976 as an arms-length account held by the hospital. It was originally created to hold “extra-billing” funds which the provincial government then allowed individual hospitals to retain and manage.

The Foundation began to look more like the organization it is today in 1986. At that time, a change to provincial legislation altered the management of “extra-billing” funds and required Hospitals and Foundations to be separate entities. Gord was then Director of Finance. He, along with Hospital Chair, Norman Hayes, worried they might lose Foundation funds because of the provincial changes. To protect the funds, they decided to federally incorporate the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation.

Gord continued to work closely with the Foundation over the next 32 years raising funds for medical equipment and upgrades for the Hospital. For the majority of that time he served as Treasurer. Gord has been through many milestones with the Foundation: The fundraising efforts for a new ER in the mid-1980s, hiring the first staff person, helping establish the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon, the Our Hospital, Our Future campaign, and has been generally invaluable in raising over $7 million for the Hospital.

Throughout his years of service Gord has worked with many Hospital and Foundation staff and volunteers and community members. A few have words to share on the occasion of his well-deserved retirement from the Foundation:

I have worked with Gord for 40 years. He has been active in every facet of health care during this time. The hospital administration, the hospital foundation, doctor recruitment and more recently with the family health network of physicians. He has often worked quietly in the background but always for the good of community health care as a whole. The entire medical staff congratulates Gord on his retirement from the hospital foundation board.
—Dr. Marie Gear M.D.
I have worked with Gord on the Foundation for a number of years. During my term as chairman his unending support and vast experience with hospital operations were invaluable in assisting me perform my duties. The board will deeply miss the significant effort Gord has made over the past several years. We wish Gord good health and happiness in the coming years.
— Russ Taylor, WDH Foundation Past Chair
Gord donated time and financial wisdom for 40 years, he always found a way to get the most needed equipment for the Hospital and patients. I have many additional personal reasons to thank him for his support and professionalism. Best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement.
— Liz Phelan, former LWHA CEO (2010)
I must say that it has been an honour and privilege to have worked alongside Gord Baxter. Gord has always put the best interest of the Foundation and Hospital forefront in anything that he has done. He has always guided the rest of the board in the best direction. The money our community has generously entrusted to the Foundation , Gord has worked hard to make sure it goes as far as possible in order to do the utmost good for the Hospital community.

We on the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation will truly miss Gord’s wisdom, but I know that he is only a phone call away. It is a privilege to be able to say that I know Gord Baxter.

— Ian Montgomery, WDH Foundation Board Chair

Gord Baxter has served the health care community of Wingham and Area as both a dedicated employee and volunteer. When I first started working for LWHA, it was difficult to believe that Gord was no longer working as the Director of Finance as he was regularly found dealing with financial matters on behalf of numerous organizations and groups. The Foundation, Recruitment Committee and Family Health Network have all benefited from Gord’s dedication and financial expertise.  As a long standing member of the community, Gord could always be relied upon to provide a contact or obtain the community’s input on local health issues. While we will miss him, his retirement from service to health care is well deserved.
— Karl Ellis, LWHA CEO
I first worked with Gord on the Hospital Board in the late 80s and then later on the Foundation. He always held the view that the hospital played a large role in our town and broader community. Our key to success was the foresight of strong people like Mr. Baxter which has well served the health of our community. Mr. Baxter gave his financial wisdom and efforts voluntarily throughout the years and is a friend I hold in the highest regard. Job well done and thank you for your commitment. Happy retirement!
— Mary Lou  Cameron, former LWHA & Foundation board member
Gord’s is the most frequent face I see in the Foundation office. He’s endlessly patient as I muddle through the finances and has answers to every question. I’ll miss Gord’s comforting presence, but can’t think of anyone more deserving of retirement. Thanks for everything!
— Nicole Jutzi, WDH Foundation Admin & Development Officer
Gord has been linked forever with the Hospital, the Hospital Board and the Hospital Foundation.  His fountain of knowledge and expertise is irreplaceable.  Your creative contributions will never be forgotten. Enjoy retirement.
— Ross Davies, WDH Foundation lawyer at Crawford, Mill & Davies
When I first began working at the Foundation, Gord was the go-to for almost everything. His attention to detail and his passion for all things healthcare will be greatly missed. Wishing you and Ruth all the best in your retirement.
— Emilie Lammie, WDH Foundation Coordinator 2009-2012 
Gord has been the trusted man with the figures.  The Foundation and Doctor Recruitment Committee are going to miss his dedication. Gord has always had a smile and the right attitude.
— Verna Steffler, Wingham & Area Health Professionals Recruitment Committee Chair
 Gord at Radiothon Cheque Presentation

Gord’s dedication to supporting the Hospital’s need for up to date equipment and facilities has never wavered. His financial expertise, wealth of knowledge and ongoing advocacy has been instrumental in developing the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation into the well-managed, financially stable, committed organization it is today. Volunteers like Gord are as valuable as they are rare. Our local hospital would not be the same today without his contributions. While he is leaving some very large shoes to fill, and will be greatly missed, he is being sent into his retirement with nothing but the most heartfelt thanks.

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