The Foundation’s story began in 1993 when it was incorporated as a registered charity. Since its creation, the Foundation has actively worked in partnership with the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital. The goal is to ensure that quality health care is available to the residents of Huron County and neighbouring communities. Due to the generosity of its donors and volunteers, the Foundation has evolved to become a respected organization in the region. The Foundation has always worked hard to maintain the trust of the community. In September 2014 the Foundation received the Standards Accreditation from Imagine Canada. At that time the Foundation was one of only 109 Canadian charities to hold the internationally recognized designation.
There has been much to celebrate over the years. In its short fundraising history, the small AMGH Foundation has raised over 8 million dollars for capital equipment purchases, that have enhanced patient care and safety.
In December of 2006, the Foundation launched the five million dollar CT Scanner for Huron County Diagnostic Imaging Campaign. The goal was to encourage donors to invest in the health care of their community. This would be accomplished by supporting the purchase of a state-of-the-art CT scanner and new X-ray equipment. A Picture Archives System and renovations to the Diagnostic Imaging Department would complete the package. Under the leadership of Campaign Chairs, Patrick Murphy (Goderich), Wilhelmina Laurie (Huron County), and the Campaign Cabinet, the financial objective was met in less than two years. The CT scanner began operation in April of 2010.
In November of 2009, the Foundation launched the 'Keeping Abreast' Full-Field Digital Mammography Campaign. The goals of the project were two-fold: to raise $550,000 for a new mammography unit and secondly, to encourage women to be proactive about breast screening and their breast health. The new state-of-the-art machine became operational in November of 2011.
In recent years, the Foundation has added a new Ventilator for the Intensive Care Unit, a Panda Warmer and Transport Isolette for newborns in the Obstetrical Department, two new Laparoscopic Towers and Carts for the Operating Rooms, two new Surgical Instrument Washers, and six new Defibrillators. In 2015-16, the Foundation raised over $500,000 for the purchase of priority patient equipment at AMGH.
The Foundation proactively fundraises for the health care equipment and technology needed to ensure that the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital can continue to provide the highest quality care and services. The Foundation also acts as an ambassador for the Hospital in the community.