BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Hospital Foundation officially launched its ‘Your Hospital, Your Future’ campaign on Oct. 1 with a lead donation from the hospital’s Auxiliary.
The pledge of $350,000 is one of the largest donations to the campaign to date, as well as being the biggest contribution the Auxiliary has made in its 62 year history.
Beth Pereman, President of The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry, said “We’re confident that we can meet this objective over the next few years,” noting that special events like the upcoming A Taste of Italy event, the Polar Plunge and proceeds from the Auxiliary’s gift shop and Camille’s Closet will make this possible. “We completed our last large pledge to the Foundation in only three years when we had expected to pay it in five.”
“This is a significant contribution,” said Dr. John Stewart, President of Port Perry Hospital Foundation and co-chair of the campaign. “The Auxiliary has always taken a strong lead in supporting hospital initiatives and they are also a very important connection to patients, families and staff. We are indebted to them for their outstanding generosity and support.”
The $2.5 million that the Foundation plans to raise will be used for a major project at Lakeridge Health’s Port Perry site that will see the inpatient unit transformed.
“The inpatient wing was considered state-of-the-art when it opened 47 years ago, but it’s imperative that we renovate now to meet the needs of the types of patients staying in our hospital today,” said Dr. Stewart.
Some of the highlights of the plan include:
• Increasing the number of private rooms for enhanced infection control.
• Building accessible washrooms with barrier-free showers in each room.
• Creating a pod of four palliative care rooms offering comfort and dignity for end-of-life patients around a family-centred quiet room.
• Updating the medical gas system to meet current industry standards.
• Reconfiguring clean supply, linen and storage areas.
“It’s a lot of money to raise in a small community,” said Dr. Stewart, “but, we were happy to accept the challenge. We feel it’s an important investment that will lay the groundwork for growth into the next generation.”
“People staying with us deserve washrooms with doors wide enough to fit a walker through,” says Lakeridge Health President and CEO Kevin Empey. “This renovation will improve quality and safety, and it will also improve the experience for people receiving care and their families. We need this now, and we are at the last stage of government approval to get started.”
The Auxiliary has also undertaken two more exciting fundraising projects for the local hospital.
A ‘Taste of Italy’ is coming to Scugog, as the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health, Port Perry make preparations for their latest fundraising event.
The dinner, featuring a three-course meal and silent auction will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, and is billed as a “night under the stars with music, fun and good food.”
The evening will be hosted by hospital volunteers at the Port Perry Legion banquet hall and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Additionally, a ‘Wheelbarrow Full of Wine’ is being raffled off in the coming months. Only 800 tickets for this $800 value prize will be sold, and the draw date is Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Tickets are $35 per person for the ‘Taste of Italy’ dinner, and $5 for the ‘Wheelbarrow Full of Wine’ draw - and can be purchased at the Hospital Gift Shop, by calling Barb at 905-985-5491, by calling Marilyn at 905-982-2003, or from Auxiliary members.
For further information on the Your Hospital, Your Future campaign, or to donate, please contact Port Perry Hospital Foundation Executive Director Cindy Lister by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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