The Northern Lights Health Foundation has reached its Gratitude Campaign fundraising goal thanks to a $3 million donation from a large oil company.
Suncor Energy and the Suncor Energy Foundation announced on Monday they’re investing in two of the campaign’s largest projects; the creation of the minimally invasive surgical (MIS) suites and renovation of the Northern Lights Health Centre lobby.
“Like the energy industry, healthcare is a dynamic industry that has made huge leads in innovation to improve outcomes,” said Suncor’s Regional Operations Executive Bruno Francoeur. “With this support, we hope more residents can remain in the Wood Buffalo region for needed care, and ultimately experience positive outcomes as a result.”
This donation, the largest the Health Foundation has ever received, along with a $400,000 grant approved by council last week, completes the NLHF $16 million fundraising target.
All the money raised is being put towards eight different projects in the region, the largest being the $7.6 MIS project which will upgrade four of the current operating rooms into state-of-the-art operating theatres.
However, the work isn’t over yet. NLHF Executive Director Cindy Amerongen tells Mix News it will still be at least a few more years before construction on all the projects is complete.
“We will get the helipad done, which then launches the palliative care, which everyone has been waiting for. The MIS suites is a two-piece combination; the construction side and the equipment. The doctors and medical staff have already been reviewing the equipment they want, they’re ready to go as soon as the construction side starts. Inside the building, there are a few other things that need to happen before they start the lobby.”
The Health Foundation first kicked off the campaign at its Spring Fling Gala in March 2016 – with dozens of businesses and individuals donating to the cause since then.
“We’re here, we’ve done this. For us, we can’t get over how generous this community is,” added Amerongen.