Hospital foundation approaches the business community

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation board chair Joe MacDonald spoke at a luncheon at the Strait of Canso Yacht Club on November 1.

PORT HAWKESBURY: On November 1, the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon for the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation at the Strait of CansoYacht Club.
Back in September, the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation launched the “St. Martha’s And You. The Time is NOW…” fundraising campaign, which the foundations says is its most ambitious campaign to date. The goal is to increase the foundation’s endowment fund, which is used to purchase and upgrade equipment – as well as to provide training for doctors and staff – by $20 million by 2026.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation board chair Joe MacDonald said the campaign decided to raise money in the areas formerly covered by the now defunct Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority.
He said they came to Port Hawkesbury to work with the local corporate community.
“This is the regional hospital that still serves much needed health care for the people of this area,” he said, noting chamber chair Amanda Mombourquette contacted a number of local businesses to attend the luncheon.
“We’re doing the corporate [side of the campaign] now. We’ve got a number of folks here from various businesses in the Mulgrave, Port Hawkesbury, Port Hastings, Richmond area. It’s an opportunity for them to understand what the campaign is about.”
MacDonald said the campaign is designed to raise money in the areas formerly covered by the now defunct health authority.
“We need to become more independent because most of the money that is going to equipment purchase in the province – from the taxpayers perspective – from government, is going to the IWK and the Victoria General,” said MacDonald.
“For us to stay current without GASHA, we need to be autonomous ourselves to support our hospital. That’s why the hospital created the campaign.”
Organizers plan to ask 250 businesses to make a five year pledge for the endowment. The door-to-door campaign, run by a group of volunteers, will also ask residents for assistance starting in mid-November. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital serves the residents of Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond and Inverness counties – an estimated population of around 50,000 – with the population of residents over the age of 65 expected to double over the next 10 years.

Dr. Michael Silver spoke about the need to increase the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation fund to $20 million by 2026.
Dr. Michael Silver spoke about the need to increase the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation fund to $20 million by 2026.
Amanda Mombourquette, executive director with the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, is seen here at a luncheon hosted by the chamber for the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital foundation. The foundation is in the corporate phase of the fundraising drive to support its endowment fund.
Amanda Mombourquette, executive director with the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, is seen here at a luncheon hosted by the chamber for the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital foundation. The foundation is in the corporate phase of the fundraising drive to support its endowment fund.