Health Foun­da­tion gets largest ever do­na­tion of $3 mil­lion

Fort McMurray Today - - LOCAL NEWS - LAURA BEAMISH To­day Staff [email protected]­media.com

A $3-mil­lion do­na­tion from Sun­cor and the Sun­cor En­ergy Foun­da­tion is the largest one ever given to the North­ern Lights Health Foun­da­tion.

The do­na­tion was made Mon­day morn­ing to sup­port the foun­da­tion’s an­nual Grat­i­tude Cam­paign. The money will help sup­port two ma­jor pro­jects at the North­ern Lights Re­gional Health Cen­tre, which in­clude Min­i­mally In­va­sive Sur­gi­cal Suites and ren­o­va­tions to the build­ing’s lobby.

“Since the launch of the Grat­i­tude Cam­paign we have heard time and time again from the com­mu­nity that noth­ing is more im­por­tant than health­care close to home,” said Cindy Ameron­gen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of NLHF. “And health­care at the hospi­tal starts with a warm wel­come and ex­cel­lent sur­gi­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Four cur­rent op­er­at­ing rooms will be up­graded as a part of the Min­i­mally In­va­sive Sur­gi­cal Suites project. The up­grades will pro­vide tech­nol­ogy that al­lows sur­geons to be pre­cise and ef­fi­cient, re­sult­ing in an ad­di­tional 500 surg­eries ev­ery year at the re­gional hospi­tal. The to­tal cost of the project is $7.6 mil­lion.

Ren­o­va­tions will in­clude im­proved light­ing, more seat­ing, power sta­tions for elec­tron­ics, hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble wash­rooms, di­rec­tions to var­i­ous ar­eas within the hospi­tal and will re­flect Indige­nous and multi-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties.

“Sun­cor has al­ways had a strong fo­cus on con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, and creat­ing and im­ple­ment­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances,” said Bruno Fran­coeur, re­gional op­er­a­tions ex­ec­u­tive at Sun­cor, in a state­ment. “Like the en­ergy in­dus­try, health­care is a dy­namic in­dus­try that has made huge leaps in in­no­va­tion to im­prove out­comes.”

SUP­PLIED IM­AGE/NORTH­ERN LIGHTS HEALTH FOUN­DA­TION

(Left to right) Brian White (Sun­cor), Lorna Ash (NLHF), An­drew Boutilier (Board NLHF), Cindy Ameron­gen (NLHF), Greg Fuhr (Board NLHF), Melanie An­toine (Chair NLFH), Brent Janke (Sun­cor), Bruno Fran­coeur (Sun­cor), Shel­ley Pow­ell (Sun­cor), Mur­ray Craw­ford (AHS), Brenda Saut­ner (Board NLHF), Conor Clark (Board NLFH).

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