October 6, 2021
West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation
(GRIMSBY, ON) 2021, It all started in the year 2000. Over the past two decades, the West Niagara community has been fundraising, rallying, waiting, persevering, and supporting the movement towards the rebuild of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Today, the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation held their Campaign Launch event and announced that they are close to the finish line. The Take it to the Finish, Building a Healthy Community campaign is the last leg of the race. Andrew Smith, Campaign Chair shared some great news at the event “we are pleased to announce that as of today, through the Take it to the Finish Campaign we have raised $6.3 million towards our $7.5 million goal. A tremendous thank you is extended to everyone who has given and pledged towards our local share; either within in this Campaign or the one that began in the year 2000. We are close to the finish line with only $1.2 million left to raise.”
The community is tasked with raising the local share of $50 million for the new hospital. The Investing in Life Campaign held in 2000 raised support which has been invested since that time and now totals $10.4 million. PJ Vermeer of Westbrook Greenhouses shared his thoughts “WLMH holds a special place in the hearts of our family” he compelled the audience with “if you live in, work in, own a business in West Niagara and you plan on raising a family or take care of aging parents, chances are you will be blessed by having a local community hospital. As a community let’s invest in life together.”
The local municipalities and regional government have decided to provide an incredible level of support towards the local share with a total of $32.1 million. All this support is an incredible testimony to what happens when a community strives together to achieve something good for the community.
The new WLMH will be a state-of-the-art facility offering an open and inviting atmosphere, designed to care for an aging population, including private inpatient and emergency rooms. There will be increased diagnostic services and surgical procedures, clinical services along with improved accessibility and safety. A significant portion of the local share involves fully equipping the new hospital with new equipment including the recent CT Scan installation.
Gabe DeSantis along with his parents, wife and daughter attended to share how much their family has appreciated WLMH. His words exuded appreciation “It stuck with me how my father and mother taught us to give back to the community. We have always believed that a healthy community is a stronger community and that is exactly why we have decided to give a $2 million contribution to the new hospital.”
This was followed by the words of Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences “Community support is vital to funding and building new hospitals in Ontario. With ground-breaking on the new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital just months away, the community’s generosity is needed once again to get this long-overdue rebuild across the finish line. On behalf of the team at Hamilton Health Sciences, we are grateful for the WLMH community and our partners’ ongoing support and leadership as we continue to build this hospital together.”
The community of West Niagara has fought long and hard for this hospital. In a few short months the consortium to build the new WLMH will be selected. Tony Joosse, Co-chair of the Save & Rebuild Committee shared “Thanks to the tremendous support of all levels of government, staff and the entire community we are now so very close to making the dream of a new hospital a reality. One team one dream.”
The event closed with the parting words of Kevin Antonides, chair of the Foundation’s governing board.
“As a Foundation it’s an honour to be sharing with everyone today how far we have come along towards building our new hospital. We can’t thank the community enough for their ongoing support. We just have a little way to go, and we know we can count on our community to help us cross the finish line together.”