News from AMGH Foundation

Keep up with all the latest news from the Foundation as we work with the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital to provide Goderich and the surrounding communities with the highest level of health care possible.

Guys in the Garage donate $21,500 to Foundation

Weeks of rehearsals and promoting culminated in three amazing performances of the original play Guys in the Garage, written by Rob Bundy and directed by Duncan McGregor.  All three shows, at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, were nearly sold out and the reviews were raving.  During intermission, patrons were able to enjoy some of the "Garage" culture thanks to Cowbell Brewery, with all proceeds from beer sales donated to the show.
Special thanks to Phil Main for bringing the idea forward to "the Guys" to put the show on in support of the AMGH Foundation.  Thank you to the cast and crew for all of your hard work, to the sponsors, and to those who purchased tickets to the show in support of the AMGH Foundation.

Power Workers' Union Continue their Support to AMGH

The Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation was recently presented with a $10,000 donation made on behalf of the 2600 Power Workers’ Union members who work for Bruce Power.

The Power Workers’ Union Bruce Site Equity Committee has been in place since early 2006 and its purpose is to make cash disbursements of Bruce Site equity funds to community organizations and local causes.  Since it was created, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to benefit local communities and causes.

“The Foundation is grateful that the Power Workers’ Union members at Bruce Power continue to recognize the need to support quality health care close to home.  We know that AMGH is the local hospital for many employees at Bruce Power, in addition to our regional services that serve all of Huron County as well as patients from Grey and Bruce Counties” shared Shannon LaHay, Foundation Coordinator.

The PWU donation will be used to purchase priority patient care equipment at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.  AMGH prioritizes the equipment that is required to continue to provide the best care and additional services to its patients.  The Foundation campaigns to raise the funds needed to purchase that equipment. 

Legion Presents AMGH Foundation with Gift

The Goderich Legion has generously donated $6,500 to the AMGH Foundation. On May 30th, Legion President Dennis Schmidt, Ben Prouse of the Poppy Fund, and Bingo Chairperson Linda Lumey made the presentation to Foundation Coordinator, Shannon LaHay.

The Legion raises funds for the benefit of veterans and seniors, and by donating those funds to the Hospital they help ensure local veterans get the best health care possible. Half of the funds were donated from the Poppy Fund, with the other half coming from Bingo afternoons.

This donation was made for the purchase of an updated vital signs monitor with Oximetry.  The members of the Legion believe that the veterans and seniors in our community are best served by having the most up to date equipment so they receive the best possible health care.  A new vital signs monitor will give physicians and nurses a faster and more accurate reading of vitals.  This equipment enhances the care patients receive at AMGH.

Second Annual 3-on-3 Ball Hockey Fundraiser

On May 13, the AMGH Foundation teamed up with Talbot Realty and Trevor Bazinet, to host the Second Annual 3-on-3 Ball Hockey Tournament at Memorial Arena.  Sixteen teams signed up to play and raise funds for priority patient care equipment at the AMGH.  Over $7,000 was raised at this year's event.

Teams, in three age divisions, played a round robin tournament with playoffs and prizes were awarded for the winner of each division.  The top fundraising team, the Floor Lords, raised over $800 and received tickets to a London Majors baseball game where they will be recognized for their contribution to the Foundation. The top fundraiser was Brock Bazinet who collected $300.

In addition to the hockey games, there was plenty of activity around the arena.  A silent auction included a 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs team signed hockey stick, a Ryan O'Reilly autographed Buffalo Sabres hat, jerseys, Blue Jays tickets, and several other items.  The raffle table had something that appealed to everyone and most of the items were donated by local businesses.  The kids also enjoyed taking their shot at winning stuffed animals at the hockey shots game. The canteen was open for snacks and drinks.  Delicious breakfast and lunch options were provided by the Wicked Witches of West Street Food Truck. 

Thank you to the 16 teams who participated and everyone who came out to the arena to enjoy the day and support a great cause.   Special thanks to the sponsors and to the local businesses who provided donations, and to Talbot Realty and Trevor Bazinet for making the event such a great success. 



Cheers to the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation-
Keeping Quality Health Care Close to Home

In 2016-2017 the AMGH foundation has provided $750, 000 from donors for the purchase of state of the art equipment for the hospital that would not have been otherwise government funded. Since the foundation began, it has now raised more than $8 million to help provide the hospital with the tools needed to run a variety of programs and services most surrounding communities do not have. 

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital provides several services such as emergency, surgery, medicine, mental health services, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as dialysis and telestroke, and many more. This variety helps keep quality health care close to home, making a significant difference to local patients. 

The AMGH foundation has worked hard to secure these programs, providing equipment such as a CT scanner, X-ray machine and mammography until, to help build and expand the local hospital making it a diverse place of health care. 

We would like to thank our volunteers and dedicated staff for helping us grow and continue to make change in such a wonderful community.

You can help support the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital foundation as a volunteer or through a generous donation. 

 Working Together for Quality Health Care

This month members of Alexandra Marine & General Hospital partnered with AMGH foundation staff, the Senior Leadership Team and the Community Advisory committee for the annual retreat. Member's of these various groups worked together to share goals and needs, and further plan on how to continue providing the best quality health care close to home. This years theme was "Working Together".

A highlighted priority brought up at this years retreat was to further open up the communications between patients, caregivers, donors, health care providers and the community at large. This plan focuses on the three areas of excellence at the hospital- Seniors Health, Women's Health and Mental Health and Addiction.

The AMGH foundation continues to work hard to provide the hospital with the tools necessary to providing the best possible health care. This year the foundation will be partnering with Ketchum Canada Inc. to help improve fundraising and ultimately plan a major fundraising campaign over the summer. This will help further provide the hospital with the state of the art equipment needed to provide a variety of services and health care programs. 

The AMGH Foundation and AMGH staff will continue to work towards mutual goals and visions to provide the community with the very best care they can provide. 

The AMGH Foundation & Credit Union hosts the Ultimutts Stunts Dog Show 

On May 8, Mainstreet Credit Union partnered with the AMGH foundation to host the Ultimutts Stunts Dog Show at the Goderich Memorial Arena. This event was held to raise money for the foundation's neonatal and obstetrics program, used to benefit women's health in Goderich and surrounding local areas. The Ultimutts had a wonderful turn out, preforming two shows and raising an amazing $2200 for the foundation.

The large crowd got to witness these show dogs doing several complicated tricks, such as tight rope walking and playing the piano, followed by a meet and greet with celebrity dogs after the show. The Ultimutts have gained popularity through programs, such as Good Morning America for their pristine showman ship and lovable owners.

The show was a huge success thanks to Mainstreet Credit Union, the AMGH Foundation and the Ultimutts themselves.  
Thank you for helping keep quality health care close to home. 

AMGH & the Foundation Host
Huron Chamber of Commerce 'Business After 5'

?The Alexandra Marine & General Hospital and the AMGH Foundation hosted a Huron Chamber of Commerce 'Business After 5' event at the Hospital on March 23.  Chamber members had the opportunity to get up close and learn about some of the equipment and technology at the Hospital and the Foundation's role in providing the Hospital with the equipment that they need.  Heather Robinson, Manager of Digital Imaging provided a demonstration of the CT Scanner and explained what makes it so special to AMGH staff and patients.  Samantha Marsh, CNE/VP of Clinical Services showed off one of the new Dialysis chairs purchased with funds raised by the Dialysis 95 + 20 Community Campaign.  Guests also had the opportunity to try out the new digital vein finder, amazing technology that allows AMGH staff to quickly and easily locate veins, reducing patient discomfort if more than one attempt is needed to administer medication or draw samples.

Special thanks to:  the AMGH, Foundation, and Chamber Board of Directors members who attended; Bruce Quigley, AMGH President and CEO; the Hospital staff who prepared the refreshments and those who attended to share information about the Hospital and provide demonstrations of the equipment; Councillor Trevor Bazinet; and all who attended. 



Support for Healthy Hearts this Holiday

This holiday season, we got right to the heart of the matter and appealed to you to help us provide the AMGH with priority Heart and Stroke Equipment.  Heart equipment at the Hospital is used every day to determine heart health, and in emergencies, to save lives.  Our community is very fortunate to have the only Telestroke services in Huron County, connecting stroke patients and their emergency physicians with remote neurologists across Ontario. 

Once again, the generosity of our community showed how much you value the services provided at this hospital, close to home.  We reached over $60,000 in donations!  These donations made it possible for the AMGH to purchase another defibrillator, heart monitoring equipment, and necessary technology to connect AMGH emergency physicians with the Telestroke neurologists across Ontario.  

Our community definitely has heart.