South Muskoka Hospital Foundation - Fall 2018 Newsletter

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FALL 2018 ISSUE our community is our foundation.

To rebuild, to renovate, or both? In August, the Board of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) accepted the Task Force’s recommendation that Muskoka continue to have two acute care sites. Task Force Chair Cameron Renwick said, “This means longterm planning envisions a hospital in both Huntsville and Bracebridge, each providing core services and 24-hour emergency care.”

meet today’s infection control requirements (and prevent the spread of infections such as C. difficile), more private rooms are needed, each with its own bathroom and handwashing sink. Treatment areas also need more space in order to deliver safe, effective care. Aging infrastructure is another issue; for example, the hospital just spent nearly $300,000 on new elevator controls and roof Long-term planning is required repairs. There are millions more in by the Ministry of Health and Longinfrastructure needs at both sites. Term Care and is, according to Renwick, “Good common sense. We need to ensure we have the proper health care services and facilities for our community for decades to come.” The next step is to explore the physical design of the two sites. Considerations include: a new build within both towns, or renovations to the existing buildings, or a combination of each; the same or new locations within each town; potential for phasing the project over time; as well as ways for the community to fundraise its local share of the redevelopment. “The South Muskoka Memorial Hospital is 55 years old,” said Renwick, “and won’t meet our future needs without change. For example, according to present-day Ministry guidelines, the building should be 50 percent larger today for current patient volumes.” Modern hospital rooms are required to accommodate more equipment and technology than current spaces allow. To

The Capital Plan Development Task Force meets regularly with consultants.

“Sometimes, the cost of renovations is as expensive as a rebuild,” Renwick said. “Is there room for an addition or would it be best to start from scratch at another location?” These are the types of considerations that this next part of planning will examine as well as the potential costs. As the work is exceedingly technical, the Task Force will rely on highly knowledgeable and experienced consultants working through options with MAHC clinicians. Once the design part is complete and endorsed by the Board next spring, the plan goes to the Ministry for approval. This is the first of five stages in the lengthy capital planning process.


emergency care Emergency health care delivery is one of the most active and demanding areas of any hospital, and South Muskoka Memorial Hospital is no exception. The Foundation’s newest campaign reflects that demand with a goal to raise $2.1 million by June 2019. In addition to supporting the Emergency Department (ED), funds will be used to purchase much needed equipment for other departments that support the ED, like our lab and diagnostic imaging departments. Six out of ten patients who come to the ED require additional testing, such as x-rays, other imaging modalities and lab work. Vital Signs Monitor CADD Pumps (2) Autoclave Sterilizer Crash Carts (6) Anesthesia Machine Hematology Analyzer Histology Special Stain Machine Non-Invasive Ventilator Humidifier/Oxy Blender Ultrasound Transducer Cabinets (2) Tissue Processor Histology Cover Slip Histology Slide Stainer

$6,000 $11,900 $75,000 $30,000 $90,000 $60,000 $50,000 $33,000 $3,500 $10,000 $70,000 $75,000 $70,000

The South Muskoka Memorial Hospital has one of the busiest EDs in cottage country, seeing more than 20,000 patients a year. Those patient visits spike in the summertime, with approximately one quarter of annual visits occurring in July and August. Everything from cardiac crash carts at $5,000 each to mental health safe rooms are needed. A detailed list is provided above. For more information, please contact the Foundation office at (705) 645-4404 x3193.

It takes a community COLIN MILLER, Executive Director, South Muskoka Hospital Foundation

We are extremely grateful for those in our community who supported the Bed & Monitor campaign. Our request was of an urgent nature and the response was speedy, with 45 local businesses, service organizations, year-round and seasonal residents responding. It took only six months to complete the campaign - six months earlier than we thought! Thank you once again to everyone who donated to this campaign.

South Muskoka Hospital Foundation thanks the following donors who supported the Bed & Monitor campaign. George and Avis Boddington David Burrows Call of the Wild Sanitation Canadian Tire Store (Bracebridge) Casey Contracting Muskoka Ltd. Ungad and Stephanie Rickard Chadda James and Edna Claydon Don and Helen Coates Bill and Pat Collie Dan Cornacchia Judith Crockford John and Liz Curran Gary and Susan Elliott Estate of Murray and Joan Dauphin Fixtures Plumbing & Hardware Mark and Patricia Gidley Greystone Project Management Paul and Shirley Hammond Home Building Centre (Gravenhurst) Robert and Lynn Jacob John and Thelma Jarvis Kawartha Credit Union Pete Laurence

Bruce and Keltie Law Lions Club of Port Carling Michael and Margaret Michalski Gary and Judy Moore William Moore - Indianhead Harbour Muskoka Chrysler Sales Muskoka Mechanical Services Muskoka Timber Mills Brock Napier P. Medley & Sons Ltd. George and Alana Reid Rocky Island Tire Co. Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 161 (Bracebridge) Tom and Barbara J. Ryder Morley and Dawn Stephen The Sam Yakubowicz Family Foundation True North Log Homes R. Murray Walker Walkers Point Marina Weismiller Tim-Br Mart Wes Finch & Sons Excavating Ltd. Windermere Women’s Institute

thank you. (listed in alphabetical order)


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The hospital saved my mom’s life.

I was ten years old when it happened. My mom got very sick when we were at the cottage. My dad, granny and I followed the ambulance in our car and after they took her for tests, we went into the room to wait with her for the doctor. My mom usually looks ready to fight a dinosaur, but she looked like she’d been crushed by a dinosaur. My dad was worried because she was in so much pain, she couldn’t even cry - all the tears were gone. But then the doctor came in to talk to us about the tests. He gave her something for the pain and then drew a picture to show us what was happening. When he explained everything, we weren’t scared anymore. We knew my mom would get the help she needed right there at the hospital. But he told my dad we had to operate soon or she wouldn’t make it (he didn’t tell me that part until later). I was so happy that they saved my mom’s life, so I decided to sell a bunch of my toys, books, games and artwork to raise money for the hospital. I went on-line to the buy and sell groups and told people what I was doing. I raised $225 for the hospital and when we went back to the cottage, we met with the doctor and gave him my thank you letter and donation. He had tears in his eyes.

Dr. Rohit Gupta meets with Jayden McArthur to accept her personal thanks for saving her mother's life.

The reason that I gave the money to the hospital is not because I want praise for myself but because I want to thank them for giving me my mom back. I don’t want any other kids to lose their mom.

I hope this will make a chain reaction and others will be inspired and donate too. Thank you for reading my story.

Planning ahead means your gift will support health care services within the community for many years and many generations to come. People find planned giving helpful because they can support a worthy cause yet still retain the use of those assets during their lifetime. In addition, most planned gifts, and specifically bequests, are revocable and can be modified if financial circumstances change. Also beneficial is that your executors will pay lower income and estate taxes on your behalf, retaining more cash for your beneficiaries.

How does


Giving work?

What are the different types of planned giving? There are a number of options: • Leaving a gift in your will to SMHF • Naming SMHF as the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy • Naming SMHF as a beneficiary of your other investments • Creating a charitable annuity or a charitable remainder trust.

Jayden MacArthur

I want to thank them for giving me my mom back.

For more information, contact the Foundation office at (705) 645-4404 ext. 3193

Giving back Community Highlights George Edwards, representing the Foundation, accepts a cheque for $20,000 from organizers Dave Bacon, Adam Wallace, golf professional Jordan Nathan, Jen Stephen, and Leslie Cleveland from the 2018 Dave Ellis Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Muskoka Lakes Mayor Don Furniss and Councillor Jean-Ann Baranik present Colin Miller of the Foundation with a cheque for $23,188.35. The proceeds are from the Mayor’s Golf Classic held on June 25, 2018.

Remy Smith and Dave Newman hosted the 11th annual 99.5 Moose FM Radiothon in support of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. This event raised more than $56,000 for emergency health care.

Members of the South Muskoka Minor Hockey League present Leah Walker of the Foundation with a cheque for $1,800 from their annual Season KickOff fundraiser game and BBQ.

Anita Greavette and Phyllis WinningtonIngram of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes present a cheque for $7,000 to Colin Miller of the Foundation.

our community is our foundation.

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All donations are tax deductible and will be receipted. Registered Charitable No. 11915 7998 RR0001

Planning for future hospital needs


to work in an environment where they, too, are safe and have the tools and space they need to do their jobs and provide excellent care. We have $40 million in infrastructure needs today across both sites and having a recognized future plan ensures that investments we make in the shorter-term are sensible and sound. This isn’t just about money. Your children and grandchildren deserve to have the best possible care, and planning for the future is about ensuring safe, quality, sustainable hospital care for our future generations.

Technology and the way we care for people advance dramatically over time.

children and grandchildren “Your deserve to have the best possible care.

When I am asked why MAHC is planning for the future, I’ve found there is no one answer that explains it all – there are several reasons. Hospital care today is significantly different from that provided in the past, and what your children and grandchildren will need in the future will be different too. That’s because technology and the way we care for people advance dramatically over time, while best practices and rules around privacy and infection control constantly evolve to be more stringent. We are running out of space now at both of our sites and the buildings are getting harder to adapt. Patient volumes are steadily rising and we need to ensure we have enough beds and space and the right services to meet our communities’ needs. At the same time, our staff and physicians deserve


Options for Giving: consider a gift of securities Looking for other alternatives to give? A gift of securities can make a meaningful impact on health care in Muskoka while providing improved tax benefits for you. A gift of publicly traded securities can provide you with an improved capacity to make a meaningful difference at the hospital. In 2006, the Government of Canada eliminated the capital gains tax on the donation of certain publiclytraded securities, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchangeable securities.

The Benefits u Capital gains tax on publicly listed stocks and securities are exempt when you donate shares to a registered charity such as the Foundation. u The value of your tax receipt will be based on the market closing price on the day the Foundation takes legal receipt of your stock or securities. u You can support your hospital through an unrestricted donation, or designate your gift to a particular program or area of interest to you.



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This chart is for illustration purposes only. We recommend you consult with your financial advisor if considering a gift of securities.

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Consider giving a gift in honour of a special someone. You can support the hospital and, at the same time, offer a meaningful gift. Each recipient will receive a beautiful holiday card which can be customized and mailed on your behalf, or provided for you to hand deliver. What could be easier? Call or email for more information, or go online to

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f Our Privacy Statement South Muskoka Hospital Foundation appreciates your generous financial support. We recognize your right to privacy and we pledge to protect it. The information you have provided to us will be used to process your donation(s) and to provide you with acknowlegement and an appropriate receipt. From time to time, we may use your contact information to keep you informed of other activities, events and/or fundraising opportunities in support of the Foundation. We are pleased to send you our biannual newsletter. The South Muskoka Hospital Foundation does not trade or sell donor lists. If at anytime you do not wish to be listed in our recognition programs or to receive our newsletter, please contact us at: (705) 645-4404, ext. 3193 or email at

our community is our foundation.