Foundation Report

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR When you think about inspiration, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Nothing inspires me more than hearing stories from people who are so grateful for their care in Kingston that they decide to make a difference by giving back. As one of the Foundation’s most generous supporters, I’m sure you know exactly what I mean – and I trust you know how grateful I am that you and I are working together towards a better future for the Kingston hospitals.

Denise Cumming, UHKF President & CEO

YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! In the coming weeks, you may receive a letter from UHKF inviting you to support the purchase of specialized equipment for the Kingston hospitals. I encourage you to take the opportunity to continue to make a difference for patients right here in Kingston.

It was a special treat for me to meet Mr. Ron Irvine (p.1), and to hear his story about ensuring better access to care locally. Ron knew that, for many patients, travelling can make an already stressful time of dealing with a health crisis, even worse. Together with generous support from Volunteer Services to Hotel Dieu Hospital, his donation toward a balloon enterscope means more people in our region can get the care they need, close to home. Earlier this year, we shared Mackenzie Curran’s remarkable story of her stem cell treatment and recovery from cancer thanks to the expert care we have right here. Alan Lusk has also shared his story this summer of his experience with chronic pain. Alan gives back to the hospitals to say thank you for the care he receives right here in Kingston. It’s truly inspiring to see our community working together for the future of health care. With the recent announcements of funding from the Ministry (p. 3) and the integration of Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital, we are looking forward to exciting changes that bring the most innovative health care to you and your loved ones closer to home. I look forward to sharing more news with you in the coming weeks and months.

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