Report from the Chair, Philip C. Wild
Should there ever be an emergency in your family you want to know that you will be cared for by the best medical staff using the best equipment possible. This is the cornerstone that motivates our Foundation.
Since our last report to you, growth has been a key focus of the Foundation’s activities. This growth is a result of your generosity and that of our ever expanding family of supporters, combined with the rebound in the financial markets. We are pleased to report that the TMHF continues to successfully advance its mission to raise funds to support life saving patient care programs and leading edge technology. The most visible investment our Foundation made this past year was for the renovations and equipment to relocate the Cystoscopy unit here at TMH from BGH. We strive to make a difference in the quality of health care in our community and as the role of Trenton Memorial Hospital unfolds, your investment is needed more than ever, so that we can ensure vital funding is available when it is required by QHC to redevelop and transition services here to TMH, providing the tools necessary for quality health care in our community.
The culture of philanthropy in our community, which began as a memorial to our WWII Veterans, is alive and well today. As Chair, I am very proud of our results from this past fiscal period which closed March 31 2015.
When your well-being depends upon life-saving technology, excellent physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and highly-trained, compassionate staff, we want the TMH Foundation to be the charity you choose to support your local hospital.
As Darrel Smith, our Treasurer, will report to you, the Foundation Board takes stewardship very seriously and is committed to providing you maximum accountability and transparency. Our volunteers are constantly challenging the management of our funds, how we raise money and how we spend it. This year, our overall revenue has improved over last year both in the investments we manage and the donations we pursue. These results effectively reduced our cost to raise a dollar by 5 cents and increased our return on your investment dollars.
I mentioned earlier that your donations this past year enabled us to bring the new Cystoscopy Clinic to TMH. This program is currently seeing over 100 patients per week and on tract to care for over 3500 this year. Other items we purchased with your donations include a new Telemetry system for the inpatient unit, an ophthalmology ultrasound, cautery machine, ureterscopes, tourniquet, omnicell, fluid management system defibrillator and vital signs monitors. I am also pleased to acknowledge the TMH Auxiliary donated $20,000 to the Comprehensive Breast Assessment Centre completing their $60,000 pledge a year early.
Your support and charitable giving to TMH Foundation enables us to accomplish our mission making TMH the best it can be and ensuring it continues to provides high quality healthcare close to home.
We have had very successful events again this past year, launched a new event partnership with two other local charities and achieved significant growth in our Monthly Giving Club and our Cornerstone (bequest) Society. While we foresee, many changes to our health care system in the future, the needs of our patients will continue to remain at the forefront in all that our Foundation does. The collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society and Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation to bring the Grapes of Wrath Romp and Stomp to Hillier Creek was a unique 5 km obstacle event that saw 430 participants tromp thru the vineyards in the pouring rain to raise over $80,000 for cancer care in our communities. The other event was hosted by the 436 Squadron at CFB Trenton that selected our Foundation and Soldier On to partner with them for their annual pond Hockey tournament held in Batawa. Both these events are new to our area and provide fun, creative ways for people to show their support for our hospital.
While it will be reported in our results for next year, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the students of St. Paul’s whose new event, the Colour Challenge, that took place a few weeks ago, was also a great new event in support of our Foundation that raised $15000 for priority medical equipment.
I am continually impressed by the dedication of our hospital staff who continue to provide outstanding compassionate care to our patients. To my fellow Board members, I wish to express my appreciation for all the work you have done at the Board and committee level in support of our hospital to the many volunteers who we are fortunate to have lend a hand, helping with patients, or helping us at various events and in the office, a heartfelt thank you.
All of you work very hard to help our hospital achieve the highest level of patient care and help our Foundation raise the funds necessary to purchase essential items to provide that care. To all of you and our generous donors – THANK YOU!
Healthcare will continue to change and evolve but let me reassure you that under the leadership of our Foundation Chairman the TMH Foundation will be here well into the future to ensure that the healthcare services in our community will remain, with QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital being at the forefront of our fundraising efforts.
Philip C. Wild