KGH Auxiliary donates $350,000                                                                                  Courtesy Matthew Manor, KHSC Communication

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, one of the operating rooms at the Kingston General Hospital site of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) was the scene of the unveiling of the new Neuronavigation equipment recently acquired through a donation of $350,000 from the Auxiliary.

Sandra Fletcher, Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary President, seen here with Dr. David Pichora, President and CEO KHSC and Dr. D. J. Cook, Neurosurgeon, represented the members of the Auxiliary at the unveiling which was attended by members of the local media as well as with Executive members of the KHSC. She noted that since 1905 the KGH Auxiliary has made an incredible difference to the hospital and how it continues to deliver the highest quality of patient care. The impact of the time and fundraising efforts of its members and volunteers is substantial and exceptional. The annual donation of close to $500,000 each year to the hospital goes towards supporting patients and families from across the S.E. LHIN which covers the area from Trenton to Brockville.

The Auxiliary was able to raise these funds through the operation of its CafĂ©, Gift Shop, Tuck Shop, HELPP tickets and lottery booth as well as other fundraising activities such as the annual Christmas Bazaar and the Teddy Bear Campaign.

Each year the Auxiliary Finance Committee takes a look at the list of equipment and technology the hospital is looking to purchase and tries to pick out items that will have the biggest impact on the patient’s overall hospital experience. This year it was decided to go big and purchase this new system to support patients who need brain or spine operations. This technology is already benefitting patients by ensuring their surgical teams have access to the most state-of-the-art equipment as they complete these very delicate surgical procedures. It also means the hospital can treat patients locally closer to family and friends.