HAMATHER FAMILY becomes a DIAMOND SPONSOR – donating $25k to the Gala!

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Exeter, ON, May 5, 2015

The South Huron Hospital Foundation is extremely pleased to welcome the Hamather Family as a DIAMOND SPONSOR for Gala 2015. “This wonderfully generous gift of $25,000 clearly tells the community how vital our local hospital is and how imperative it is to support the little hospital that does”, says Kimberley Payne, Executive Director of the Foundation. Gala 2015 will be held at the South Huron Recreation Centre on Friday June 12 with Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of CBC’s The National, providing the evening’s entertainment.

“We feel very fortunate as a family and as an employer in the community, to have such a wonderful local hospital,” says Tim Hamather, “and we want to ensure we continue to have it in the future. We are happy once again to contribute to this year’s goal of the Gala and hope to see others show support as well.”

“The level of community leadership and commitment demonstrated by the members of the Hamather family is remarkable”, says Chair of the Hospital Foundation Board Pat O’Rourke. “They have been tremendously generous in the past, and continue to be there for us every year. It is difficult to adequately express our sincere thanks.”

The goal of this year’s Gala is an extensive investment in the hospital’s in-patient rooms with the installation of new headwall systems. The anticipated cost for this investment is $150,000. The headwall is a critical element of any hospital patient’s room. Headwall systems facilitate better healing because all equipment and supplies required for the medical needs of the patient are easily accessible right at the patient’s bed. Research has shown that the architecture of patient rooms does affect health and a good design of a hospital’s physical environment promotes better clinical outcomes, increases safety, and reduces stress for both patients and staff. South Huron Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Ken Milne explains, “We want to create an environment that is caring, compassionate, and comfortable…we want you in a place that makes you feel well, not sick, a place closer to your home – one that feels a little more like home.”

Over the last five years, $286,000 has been raised for the South Huron Hospital Association through the Foundation Gala. These funds have been used to purchase equipment including a Central Monitoring and Cardiac Telemetry System, two Defibrillators, a Portable Ultrasound Machine and an upgraded Ultrasound Machine.

For more information or to purchase tickets for this year’s Gala call 519-235-2700 x5133 or email [email protected]

About the South Huron Hospital Foundation: The South Huron Hospital Foundation is dedicated to improving both the access to and the quality of health care in South Huron and area. The Foundation will accomplish this objective by engaging the broad community in canvasses and fund-raising activities. Further, in partnership with the South Huron Hospital Board and the physicians who service the hospital, the Foundation will allocate these funds to support specific projects identified as priorities.