The health and wellbeing of our community
Our Mission: a healthy, active community
Our Healthcare Priorities
The St. Marys Healthcare Foundation raises both funds and community awareness for the immediate needs and long-term goals of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness, and other local organizations and projects that encourage healthy and active lifestyles.
Since 1992, the Foundation has established volunteer-driven campaigns – including fundraisers like Someone I Know, the River Road Run, and annual Golf Tournament – to support high-quality rural healthcare and community activities that promote physical and mental health.
Your donations continue to support a range of local projects and initiatives:
- The construction of the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness was completed in 2003 – described as a “model of Primary Health Care” – combining state-of-the-art medical facilities and a YMCA Fitness centre. It is a draw to recruit and retain healthcare professionals for our town.
- The expansion of the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness in 2018/2019 will provide $2.9 million in updates, a second storey addition, 7,433 square foot expansion, and will create additional space for the Happy Valley Family Health Team as well as a teaching space for medical residents
- The Foundation also pledged support for the Pyramid Recreation Centre to encourage healthy activity for people of all ages.
- The Foundation raised over $5 million for technology, infrastructure and equipment to update our hospital and revitalize our Wellness Centre in order to meet the growing needs of our patient area and growing range of services.
The Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.
Pat Craigmile Pat has over 35 years experience with the City of Mississauga in recreation and sports. She has a strong background in strategic planning, project management,human resources, negotiation skills, event planning and customer service. Throughout her career she worked with over 200 community based recreation and sports related groups. Pat grew up in St. Marys and returned 3 years ago to be closer to family and friends. She has a passion towards giving back to the community and being part of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation has become an integral part of allowing this to happen.
Ken McCutcheon became a member of the Foundation board in 2012. He founded and operates McCutcheon Farm Drainage installing agricultural drainage systems in the Thorndale, St. Marys and surrounding rural areas. Ken and his wife, Mary, live near Uniondale, have three adult children and three grandchildren. Having used the hospital facilities himself and for family over many years, Ken appreciates and knows the benefits that the services of the local hospital offer. There is a need to keep the hospital and its entities viable. Ken believes good health care is the #1 factor of a strong community.
Jo-Anne Lounds was elected to the foundation board November 2013 and has worked for the Town of St. Marys Finance Department for over 10 years. Jo-Anne canvasses for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke door to door appeals and co-ordinates Town employees with the Salvation Army volunteer activities. Jo-Anne enjoyed her tenure on the St. Marys Horticultural Society Board and work at her church.
Jo-Anne and her husband Alan live in St. Mary and have 3 adult children, 2 married sons living in St. Marys and a daughter living in Strathroy. Jo-Anne believes the Hospital is vital to our community and wants to be part of making a difference to the quality of life in St. Marys.
Andrea Macko-Hodges was elected to the foundation board in 2012. She co-owns the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home and is a columnist for the St. Marys Journal Argus. In addition to serving on the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Andrea volunteers at Holy Name of Mary Parish and is a founding member of the St. Marys Social Tennis Club. She and her husband Andrew moved to St. Marys in 2003, and celebrated the birth of daughter Charlotte in 2010. Supporting healthcare and our hospital’s future in St. Marys is important to Andrea because a strong healthcare system, both preventative and at-need, is vital for everyone at all stages of life, as well as for our community.
Mike Richardson joined the board in 2012 and feels a close connection to it and the services provided. Early in his life he was treated many times for Asthma related issues and was happy to have professional care quickly. Now as a type 1 diabetic and with a young family of his own, he continues to understand the importance of local professional health care and all the services provided. Mike brings with him his business operations knowledge, technical skills and passion for his family, friends and community. Mike lives in St Marys with his wife Carol Venn and their 2 children Megan and Luke.
Andrew is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), a voluntary alliance of the hospitals in Clinton, St. Marys, Seaforth and Stratford, a position he has held since the organization’s formation in 2003.
Throughout his 25+ year career in healthcare leadership, Andrew has had the opportunity to work in and with numerous healthcare organizations locally, and across Canada. His experience spans small, community, teaching and research hospitals, the community sector, regional systems, and private clinics. He is a passionate advocate for patient and family centred care, and believes our healthcare system should be less about its structures and providers and more about ensuring the individual needs of the patients are met in the safest and most appropriate manner.
Andrew holds and Honours Degree in Biology and Masters in Health Services Administration, both from Dalhousie University. He is an active Member of the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada.
He is married to Danielle, has two sons, Greg (19) and Peter (15), and lives in Perth South (Avonbank).