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Executive Director's Report 2019

 

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This has been a year of highlights for the Health Services Foundation. The one that shines brightest to me is the confirmation of the Sander Family/Hollyburn Properties donation of $1-million to invest in the construction of a Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Suite at South Shore Regional Hospital. It was the first $1-million donation for the Foundation, which is a tremendous milestone for any small fundraising organization and it was overwhelming for us, but certainly welcomed. 

The Sander family is a tremendously gracious and philanthropic family. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet them several times over the past year and to experience genuine philanthropy at work. Their joy in giving to a community (which made such an initial impact on their family history) has been heartwarming to experience

Turning an operating room into a construction zone had its challenges. The MIS Suite build took 18 weeks in total, showcasing the organization and professionalism of both the operating staff and the construction team. A tremendous thank you to everyone who had a hand in this project - the construction team, the staff, nursing staff and physicians who were extremely cooperative as construction took place while they continued to operate.  We truly appreciate your patience. 

It has been a pleasure to participate in discussions around the the next level of construction at South Shore Regional Hospital; the ER Redevelopment. This will include enlarging the square footage of the emergency department, enhancing daycare surgery, adding a twelve bed dialysis unit and enlarging the endoscopy area. Both the Health Services Foundation and the SSRH Auxiliary have a seat at the table and a window into this planning process. Over the upcoming year we will begin to formulate a fundraising campaign plan with our leadership team, staff and volunteers.  

The multi-year Operational Review has continued to push staff and the Board to embrace new practices and policies which will better prepare us for the upcoming ER Redevelopment project.  Although this review highlighted many practices we did well it also offered a look into many areas which could be enhanced. After an evaluation of Foundation events, we chose to retire our 20-year old Hit It For Health golf tournament.  While Hit It For Health was slowing down the Radiothon continues to build raising over $150,000 for medical equipment in the Maternal/Child Unit at South Shore Regional Hospital. Our partnership with the staff at CKBW Country 100.7 has been second to none. Our twelve-hour live Gift From the Health Radiothon has become our largest single fundraising event, with minimal costs, and a tremendous amount of community and hospital spirit. 

It has been a pleasure to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the first annual induction of the Dawson Society: a special group of dedicated donors who have given consistently over five, 15 and 25 years. We will continue to honour these dedicated philanthropists who are basis to our donation programs and provide the stability our Foundation needs to continue to give back to South Shore Regional & Fishermen’s Memorial hospitals each year. 

I’d like to thank the Foundation staff - Danielle, Darlene and Alison, who are so dedicated to the success of the Foundation and the investment back into our hospitals. They are a cohesive, smart group of women and I am very fortunate to work beside them every day. We have had very dedicated board members over the years (and board chairs) but I must say that our outgoing Board Chair Phil Bradfield has put his whole heart into the last three years. He has guided us through the Operational Review, had many challenging conversations, and has taken time to sit with donors and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. He has always been a voice of firm, yet reasonable, guidance for which I am very thankful.  We are very fortunate to have a supportive Board who embrace fundraising for our hospitals and give so much to our communities.

We all, staff and board, look forward to the fundraising year ahead. Thank you so much for your continued support.

 

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