St. Martha’s reaching out to community

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – With the “Time is Now” fundraising campaign for St. Martha’s Hospital at 60 per cent of its 10-year target of $20 million after eight months, spring outreach has begun to try to get closer to the goal.

The campaign did a mail-out to the community in the fall, however problems were reported and many people said they didn’t receive it, so fundraisers are putting out a new mailing this month.

The “family” group of physicians, staff, board and campaign volunteers have committed over $1.2 million so far. The corporate campaign has brought in commitments of over $5 million and community members, with just over 500 families or individuals responding, have committed over $1 million.

This new outreach via mail is focused on those who have not yet made a commitment to the capital campaign, encouraging five-year pledges.

Endowment funds from the campaign will be used to provide St. Martha’s with modern equipment for years to come. Provincial funding pays staffing costs; maintenance and equipment funding is falling more and more to the local communities.

Another recent example of the foundation’s work is in palliative care. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, the Palliative Care Society and the foundation have been working towards getting a Palliative Care Unit at St. Martha’s Hospital. Provincial approval has finally come and at the hospital’s request, the foundation is funding the $600,000 renovation 100 per cent. The renovation is scheduled to start in late summer/early fall to provide a six-bed Palliative Care Unit at St. Martha’s to provide needed support for those with advanced illness in the quad-county area.