$1 million donation sees Bracebridge hospital ER renamed ‘Peter Gilgan Emergency Department’
BRACEBRIDGE — The largest single donation in the history of South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation will see the ER renamed ‘The Peter Gilgan Emergency Department.’
The $1 million donation by the founder of the Mattamy Homes subdivision in Bracebrige was announced Monday during a special reception in the afternoon to recognize the generosity of Peter Gilgan.
Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, made the $1 million gift to set the stage for a $6.5 million capital campaign, of which he has agreed to serve as honourary chair, “to better connect patients to care through technology.”
The donation will support much-needed equipment in the hospital and ultimately help to make emergency care better in Muskoka, says a news release Monday.
A longtime cottager in the Muskoka region, Gilgan’s gift was inspired by the care and courtesy of the staff and physicians that his friends and family members have received over the years.
“I have always been so impressed with the high level of care, kindness and warmth that South Muskoka Memorial Hospital brings to our community and wanted to do my part to help raise awareness and interest in the importance of good community hospitals,” said Mr. Gilgan. “They are the front line of care in our province and are so important to the health and well being of great communities.”
The major gift to the SMMH Site is one of Mr. Gilgan’s many acts of philanthropy. As a respected and dedicated community leader, he has supported various projects and organizations ranging from health care to physical activity to higher education and community legacies.
“This gift that Peter has given us today will help further improve the care we provide by helping to ensure we have the leading edge equipment and technology that we rely on,” says Natalie Bubela, Chief Executive Officer at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC).
The role technology plays in patient care and the impact of state-of-the-art tools and equipment cannot be overstated, says Dr. Jan Goossens, chief of staff at MAHC.
“Technology is critically important to delivering health care services and saving lives,” says Dr. Goossens. “Having access to electronic health records means that when seconds count, everything we need to know will be at our fingertips. An expanded telemedicine system means access to specialized care. An automated medication management system means peace of mind for better and safer drug administration, while new Diagnostic Imaging equipment, will give us faster and more accurate ways to diagnose our patients.”
Paul Hammond, chair of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, says Gilgan’s significant donation brings the Foundation’s fundraising tally to $38 million over 28 years.
“A strong hospital has competent and caring staff. A strong hospital has solid infrastructure and up-to-date technology,” Hammond explains. “Peter, you have helped to make us even stronger and on behalf of everyone who benefits from your generosity, I thank you for that.”
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