Health Foundation gets largest ever donation of $3 million
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.”
(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).