[Sault Ste. Marie, ON] The Group Health Centre is honoured to announce a donation of $200,000 from Scotiabank.
Scotiabank is committed to giving back across Canada and is focused on enriching the lives of young people. As an organization they recognize that investing in young people is an investment in long-term security, stability and growth in our communities. This donation will be fulfilled over four years, giving Group Health Centre $50,000 per year toward pediatric needs.
Group Health Centre serves over 80,000 patients in Sault Ste. Marie each year, many of them under the age of 12 years old. The Pediatric department at GHC is responsible for managing the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development. With this generous donation from Scotiabank, it is now possible to further support these services across GHC with pediatric-specific equipment.
“Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank’s goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success,” says Kevin Proctor, District Vice President, Ontario North District, Scotiabank. “We know that how we support young people today, can prepare them for tomorrow, and that’s why we are proud to donate $200,000 to pediatric needs at Group Health Centre.”
“The pediatricians at GHC are very appreciative of this generous donation by Scotiabank, especially for putting kids front and centre. We rely on these donations from community partners to stock and supply medical equipment,” says GHC pediatrician, Dr. Johnathan DellaVedova. “Children have specific needs during their visits, everything from small blood pressure cuffs to echocardiograms to emergency medications and supplies. In most cases it is not possible to repurpose adult equipment for infants and children.”
Given that medical equipment is not funded by the government, the Group Health Centre relies upon donations, fundraising events, grants and sponsorships to purchase much needed equipment to support the healthcare needs of our community.