The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Executive Golf Tournament hosted by Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) on July 7 was a record breaker, raising more than $155,000 in support of the hospital’s paediatric and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) renovation.
“It was an honour for OSMH to host the celebrated tournament this year and see everyone out there united for a great cause,” said Pat Campbell, president and CEO of OSMH. “That it was a huge success is not surprising, but wouldn’t have been possible without the support we received from sponsors, golfers, volunteers and our communities.”
Tuesday’s tournament was one of the most successful in OHA history thanks to supporters such as MedAvail Technologies Inc. who contributed a $20,000 donation, and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation whose matching gift donation of $75,000 put the hospital above and beyond their fundraising goal.
“Thanks to the pledge from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation the generosity of our golfers and donors has been doubled, bringing us even closer to our goal,” said Nicole McCahon, executive director, OSMH Foundation. “We are one step closer to funding the necessary renovations of our hospital NICU.”
The upcoming $3-million expansion and renovation will more than double the current space, providing needed privacy for families, as well as increased space for care providers. Equipment such as incubators, ventilators, photo-therapy and intravenous feeding machines will also be replaced as part of the renovations.
“We’re proud of this achievement because it ensures that we have the funds for the best possible facilities and equipment for our patients and healthcare teams,” said Campbell.
The OHA Executive Golf Tournament began in 1975 as an opportunity for hospital executives and industry leaders to network with colleagues and enjoy the hospitality of a hospital, its community and its Foundation. Next year’s tournament will be hosted by the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.