In preparation for its Annual General Meeting this week, the Aberdeen Health Foundation has been looking back over the past year.
“It’s been a year of great accomplishments, great investments and great collaboration with our partners in health care,” reports Executive Director, Susan Malcolm.
The Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Report to Community was delivered to every home and business mailbox in Pictou County. It is also available online.
Among its accomplishments is $1.3 million that has gone directly to equipment and service enhancements for the Aberdeen hospital. This includes $900,000 of the Foundation’s $1.5 million commitment to the Emergency Department and Pharmacy Re-Development.
Through its Children’s Aid Society (CAS) Fund, $95,000 has been distributed to community groups for programs that are working to create healthy outcomes for children and families. These dollars have been used for projects to provide health and wellness programming, respite services, food security and safe, play-rich learning environments.
“This is one way we are reaching out beyond the walls of the hospital and touching other agencies in our community that are playing a role in prevention and wellness,” says Malcolm.
Malcolm is quick to point out that these accomplishments are only possible because of the tremendous support of the community. Established in 1986, the Foundation has now invested more than $20 million in health care locally, thanks to the generosity of its donors.
It is this generosity that has enabled the Foundation to be in a position to respond to emerging health care needs as they arise and this is what makes outgoing Chair Susan Green most proud. “Having a well-funded Foundation is an essential part of health care delivery. We work hard to ensure our hospital is in a position to exceed the standard of care and ensure that more people can receive the care they need here at home.”
As part of its accountability, the Foundation has released a series of videos, which are available on its website, and has mailed its Report to Community to every household and business in Pictou County. Copies of the report will be available at the Annual General Meeting, which is being held on Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm in the Aberdeen Hospital Boardroom on the second floor.
“We warmly invite the community to join us for the AGM. It will be an opportunity to hear about the funding priorities for health care and ask any questions,” says Malcolm.
The AGM will feature a keynote address by Shawna Chenell, Health Services Manager at Pictou County’s One Door Chronic Disease Management Centre, which opened in 2013. The clinic is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, representing a new, multi-disciplinary team approach to managing diabetes and other chronic illnesses, including heart disease and stroke. Through a $10,000 bequest for diabetic care, the Aberdeen Health Foundation has been able to support and advance the work of this innovative clinic, considered a leading practice in the province.
For more of the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s good news stories, to view the videos, or find details on the AGM, please visit aberdeenhealthfoundation.com/report.