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Fall/winter

2010

Visit togetherweplay.com to view the game details. Everyone is invited to join us for the draw on October 28th from 6-8pm at the Strathroy Seniors’ Centre: 137 Frank St. in Strathroy.

T o g e t h e r , w e P l ay

T

ime has run out to pick up

by McNaughton’s in Newbury and

your entry form for your

Town & Country Mutual Insurance,

chance to win $10,000 cash and

this unique on-line game has

other prizes.

quickly caught on with residents.

Together, We Play is a fun contest for families to play together and best of all, it’s completely FREE. Generously supported by

The contest closed on Friday, September 24. Thanks to all our sponsors, participating businesses and entrants. Be sure to join us for the

many businesses in our region

draw on September 24th at the

with the main cash prize provided

Strathroy and Area Seniors’ Centre.

To g e t h e r , w e W i l l i s p u b l i s h e d by: Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation 395 Carrie Street Strathroy, ON N7G 3J4 Phone: 519-246-5906 Fax: 519-245-5353 smghfoundation.com info@smghfoundation.com Charitable Registration # 13297 4270 RR0001


Left: The launch of Together, We Sign at Giant Tiger in Strathroy during the popular back to school sale. Pictured is Ken Bumstead, Owner with Jennifer Langford, SMGH Foundation Volunteer. Below, strings of Big Blue “H’s” inside the store.

Introducing Together, We Sign

S

ign the ‘big blue H’ for high quality health care, close to home! Together, We Sign offers people the chance to buy

a blue hospital ‘H’ to show their support for Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. This fund raiser has been successful due to the personal, face-to-face communication involved with businesses selling big blue H icons. Many local retailers and organizations offer people the chance to donate $1, $2, $5 or any amount, then the

show of support for our local doctors, nurses and staff at Strathroy Hospital. Stores like Giant Tiger have adopted the program

customer signs the H and it’s displayed in the store for all

during the back to school sale. When you visit Giant

to see. This creates a wonderful wall of endorsement and

Tiger or any other participating local retailer and are asked if you would sign a big blue H for a small donation, please consider helping patients in hospital by making a gift - any amount is greatly appreciated.

From time to time, you will see these “big blue H” Strathroy Hospital icons in stores. Please consider making a small donation and signing your name in support of high-quality local healthcare, close to home. Any company interested in getting involved with this program can contact the Foundation office at 519-246-5906.

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Awar d N o m i n at i o n

C

ongratulations to the Strathroy Middlesex General

Hospital (SMGH) Auxiliary for being chosen as a finalist for the Pillar

Non-Profit Community Innovation Awards. The award category is

Y o u r Ma i l

Community Impact for the Java

Letters from Donors

Hut Coffee Kiosk project. Over the past year, Auxiliary volunteers have shown a

Dear SMGH Foundation,

tremendous commitment to the Strathroy Hospital by making a $1

At midnight on a dark night in February earlier this year, I came to your

million pledge to fund equipment.

emergency via ambulance from the Thedford area after injuring my

They began the Java Hut Coffee

shin.

Kiosk as another way to help fulfill

I found the care given to me by your doctor and nurses was not

this pledge – the largest they have

only professional but also very comforting. Please accept my small

ever promised.

donation and my thanks.

“The Auxiliary has made such a remarkable achievement with

Sincerely,

all of the volunteer support and

-Anonymous Donor

organization required. Regardless of whether the Auxiliary wins or not at the Pillar Awards on November 4th, they should be recognized because their fundraising has such a tremendous impact on the lives of patients at SMGH,” says Susan McLean, CEO of the SMGH Foundation.

Below: Carol Howarth, SMGH Auxiliary President enjoying a coffee at the Java Hut

PLE A SE NOTE : The Foundation’s web site address has changed: www.smghfoundation.com The general email is now: info@smghfoundation.com 3


It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas?!

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ven though winter is still a long way into the future, we wanted to let you know that starting

in October, SMGH Foundation will be selling holiday

ornaments. For $7, you can have your own beautifully embellished, stainless steel decoration that will look wonderful hanging on your tree. Or you can give the gift of generosity by purchasing ornaments for your friends! Choose from 3 unique designs for the holidays (pictured). G020

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments will support Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Only a limited quantity are available so be sure to get yours early!

UPCOMIN G EVENT

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At Live it UP! Health & Eco Expo you can get

G022 information and buy your favourite natural, organic and green products plus go home with lots of FREE sample from exhibitors. You will also have the chance to see speakers:

9:30 am - Aromatherapy

On October 16, 2010 in Strathroy, Ontario, the Live

10:00 am - Energizing Zumba fitness demo

it UP! Health & Eco Expo will take place at Bear

Creek Golf Club from 9:00am-4:00pm.

11:00 am - Kundalini Yoga

Admission is only $5 and kids under 16 free.

12:00 noon - Breast Health Education

If you are interested in learning more about the

1:00 pm - Healthy living nutrition

lifelong benefits of living a green, clean and

1:30 pm - Pack it light, wear it right

healthy lifestyle, this is one show you definitely do not want to miss!

2:00 pm - Eco friendly fashion show 3:00 pm - Renewable energy session

Limited edition Stanley Cup t-shirts

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few remaining limited edition Stanley Cup size larger T-shirts

are available for sale at the SMGH

Foundation office (across from the hospital gift shop off the main lobby) for $10 each. Get yours before they’re gone!

PRIVACY POLICY At Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation, we appreciate your support and are dedicated to treating your personal information with respect. We do not rent, sell, or trade any personal information. The information you provide will be used to keep you informed of events and fundraising opportunities in support of the Middlesex Hospital Alliance. Please contact us for more information or to be removed from the mailing list by phoning 519-246-5906.

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Together, We Will build security for the future and create flexibility to respond to the region’s changing health care needs. You can help to ensure that Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital is here for our community, for our children and our children’s children - forever.

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Together, We Will Forever

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t SMG H Foundation, our vision is to

Ed w i n C o n n o r

H

ow do you want to be remembered? By the impact

you had on your family and community? By the legacy you’ll

inspire lo cal giving

leave behind? That’s a question

to sus t ain Strathroy

each of us grapples with as we

Middlese x G eneral as

move through life.

a v ibrant communit y hospit al.

1930-2009

Edwin Connor, 78, who passed away in February 2009, will be remembered for years to come.

Edwin Connor

Work ing to gether, we

Edwin’s memory lives on through

c an ensure our m e dical

his five grown children, of course,

station that provides more privacy

professionals are ready

but also tangibly on the One

to discuss patient care.

to provide top - notch

South floor of Strathroy Middlesex

c are to you and your

General Hospital (SMGH).

f amily, for our children

It’s there that Edwin spent

“Through his will, my dad left a bequest to be directed by Dr. Renee Fournier, who designated

and our children’s

the last four weeks of his life, and

the gift be used toward the

children - forever.

it’s there - thanks to a legacy gift

communications station,” says

Edwin made through his estate

Edwin’s son Rob, who was the

plan - that medical staff now have

executor of his dad’s estate.

an up-to-date communication

“In the month my dad spent Story continues on back page 6

this oc tober, free wills mo n t h is your o ppo r t uni t y

S

MGH cares for people in our region, and in turn,

include a gift in your Will, we hope very much that you

we depend on the community to care for the

choose to do so. The wonderful thing about a gift in

hospital. Support from residents provides technology,

your Will is that it costs you nothing now - and it can

equipment and training - the lifeblood ensuring SMGH

help provide healthcare services well into the future.

remains a progressive centre for healthcare. This fall, anyone over the age of 55 will have the

A limited number of Free Wills are available through participating law firms in the region, please

opportunity to obtain a Basic Will, written FREE OF

call the Free Will info line today to reserve your Basic

CHARGE. The hospital depends on gifts in Wills for a

Free Will - 519-246-5906.

large part of funding. So while there’s no obligation to

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“In the month my dad spent at

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Ed w i n C o n n o r

1930-2009

at SMGH, I was there every day. His care was second to

SMGH, I was there every day. His care was second to none.”

none. Though it’s only 20 minutes from London, the

-Rob Connor

experience is worlds away. The one-on-one personal attention they’re able to provide is incredible.” ”I think my dad would be very pleased. It’s a fitting way to remember him.” Rob and his family are also looking forward

No matter what tomorrow holds, new procedures,

to seeing their father’s name on the Legacy for

technologies or medications, Strathroy Hospital will be

Life Society Wall - a special recognition area in the

here. The hospital cares for the community and in turn,

hospital’s new Hall of Honour. The Legacy Society

depends on the community to care for the hospital.

recognizes people, like Edwin, who have made

Separately, we may all want good healthcare, but we

planned gifts to the Strathroy Middlesex General

won’t succeed alone. Together, We Will Forever.

Hospital Foundation (SMGHF). A legacy gift in your Will; something that you can do today using tomorrow’s dollars, will impact the

Create your own legacy:

hospital for many years to come by helping to advance

For information on how to make a bequest go to

excellence in patient care equipment, medical

www.smghfoundation.com/legacygiving.cfm

technology, research, and professional education. You can remain secure in the knowledge that your gift will continue to contribute to high-quality healthcare, close to home.

One South staff in the new communications station workspace. The area now has important privacy barriers, modern workstations and desk space.

Sue Brodie , One South Clinical Leader Liz Watson and Rob Connor in the station.

Rob Connor, his daughter Sophi and wife Kelly.

“I think my dad would be very pleased. It’s a fitting way to remember him.” -Rob Connor

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Fall/Winter 2010 Newsletter  

SMGH Foundation fall/winter 2010 newsletter

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