Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

If You Want to Accomplish Something, Set a Goal

Editorial by Dr. Ted Vandevis

I did my PhD dissertation on goal setting and discovered some amazing results. I surveyed 300 electrical contractor companies in Ontario. I asked if their company set safety goals, if they were specific and if timelines were established with respect to the goal.

The most profound finding was that, if a company didn’t have a safety goal of zero injuries today, but did set one tomorrow, there would be a 76 per cent greater likelihood of them making improvement toward their goal than if no goal had been set. Companies that set explicit safety goals of zero performed better than those who had no safety goal.

Goals need to be specific. The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s goal is very specific and time sensitive. I would like to suggest a goal of every member of every household in our catchment area committing to give each year for three years: 2022, 2023 and 2024.

I want to know that, when my family or I are in the care of our wonderful hospital, doctors and staff have the equipment available to help them provide quality care.

We are fortunate to have such a wonderful hospital within easy driving distance of our homes, schools and businesses. We want it to survive. Wanting is not good enough. We all need to give to make it a reality.


Dr. Ted Vandevis is the Strategic Advisor of the Because of you, we can Campaign