St. Marys, Ontario | Canada
Building For Tomorrow, Cindy Bilyea | St. Marys Healthcare Foundation

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Two Year Hospital Rebuild Campaign

$6 Million Rebuild Project for St. Marys Memorial Hospital St. Marys, ON, November 3, 2021

The St. Marys Memorial Hospital was built in 1950 to commemorate and honor lives lost during the Second World War. In 1960 a two-story addition was built to provide additional patient beds and out-patient care. Updates to the Emergency Department and patient rooms were completed in 1981 and in 1992 the Cafeteria and dietary facilities were added. Today, the Foundation in partnership with the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is pleased to announce plans for a major two-year rebuild project for the St. Marys Memorial Hospital – Here For You Today, Building For Tomorrow. 

The St. Marys Healthcare Foundation is honoured to announce Shelley MacDonald as the Honorary Chair for this campaign. Shelley and Craig were the owners of our local Foodland grocery store. Sadly, Craig passed on March 29, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. 

“The St. Marys Hospital plays a fundamental role in the health and well-being of residents, workers and visitors in our community, offering a wide range of services and medical expertise. As St. Marys and area continues to grow, so does the need for the hospital to have the most up-to-date equipment and services available to provide the best care possible to its patients.” – Shelley MacDonald 

It has always been the Foundation’s mission to create a healthy and active community by strengthening the health care systems in St. Marys and the surrounding area. Over the years, St. Marys Healthcare Foundation has provided funding for new patient beds, digital imagery equipment, an updated nurses station and communications station for the Emergency Department and a new tub room. However, since the pandemic, the need to provide a facility that meets the expectations of Canadian Healthcare Facilities Standards has been recognized by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. The Foundation is taking a proactive approach to meet these guidelines by upgrading the St. Marys Memorial Hospital. 

“I have worked in the Emergency Department and the Inpatient Unit for 9 months now and I am certain that the proposed changes in the hospital rebuild project will greatly improve patient care. Renovating the patient rooms to include the necessities of a modern hospital will mean that patients are more comfortable and that staff are capable of providing the standard of care.” – Dr. Rachael Berta, Physician 

The rebuild project will be completed in two phases with phase one commencing in June 2022. The project is estimated to cost $6M and the Foundation has committed $2M to date. Our goal is to raise another $3M through the Here For You Today, Building For Tomorrow campaign. The total contribution by the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation to the rebuild project will be $5M. 

This project, born from the “Someone I Know” campaign, originally a refresh of patient rooms, has grown to a complete hospital rebuild project, which will include: 

● A zero-pressure isolation room 

● Mechanical patient lifts 

● Mechanized built-in headboards 

● Wheelchair accessible washrooms 

● Upgraded fire protection system

● New healthcare staff sanitation stations 

To support these upgrades, new plumbing, electrical and ductwork will be required throughout. 

“The improvements we will be making through this project are significant. Patient rooms will be safer and more accessible for patients, caregivers and family members, and the improvements overall will greatly enhance our staff experience. Investments like this do not happen without the generosity of our community, the leadership of our Foundation and the vision and commitment of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance – all are commended for the commitment exhibited and we cannot wait to “ribbon-cut” this important step forward in health care at the St. Marys Memorial Hospital.” – Andrew Williams, CEO of HPHA 

Help us make a difference in how we care about health in St. Marys. To see how you can give, CLICK HERE. By donating towards the hospital rebuild project – Here For You Today, Building For Tomorrow, you will be directly investing in the future and the continued tradition of high-quality healthcare in our community.