Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

Farm Credit Canada Funds ER Trauma Stretchers Through AgriSpirit Fund

[New Tecumseth – November 12, 2021] Stevenson Memorial Hospital will receive two new trauma stretchers for its Emergency Department, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

FCC’s AgriSpirit Fund supports capital projects across Canada that will enrich lives in rural communities. They award grants between $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that qualify in a city or town of fewer than 150,000 people, or an Indigenous community.

Their latest grant brings their lifetime giving to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) to $40,000, with grants in 2016 for a chemistry analyzer and in 2011 to the Digital Mammography Campaign.

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund supports projects that make positive changes in rural communities,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference. We hope all the community groups that received funding will thrive and continue their good work in their communities for many more years to come.”

In 2021, FCC is giving $1.5 million through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 88 community groups across Canada to support rural capital projects.

This type of support is essential to the SMHF’s $43 million, Because of you, we can Campaign supporting the redevelopment of the hospital, critical equipment and technology needs.

“We are incredibly grateful for Farm Credit Canada’s investment in Stevenson Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department,” says Mary Thomas, CEO, SMHF. “As a community hospital, with an ER serving a rapidly expanding population, this kind of support is critical as we wait for our much-needed redevelopment. Thank you, Farm Credit Canada, for recognizing the unique role we play in rural Ontario and for transforming health care in our community.”

The Because of you, we can Campaign is the largest campaign in the SMHF’s history, supporting the redevelopment of Stevenson Memorial Hospital. The hospital’s redevelopment plan includes a revitalized Emergency Department, doubling the square footage of the hospital and tripling the amount of parking space. Refreshed outpatient rooms, birthing suites and laboratory space are also included in the plans. With an Emergency Department built to manage 7,000 visits a year that currently manages close to 40,000 per year, along with a growing population in south Simcoe and surrounding communities, this redevelopment is needed today and for future generations.

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For more information:
Mary Thomas
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, 705-435-6281 ext. 3209