It’s been one year since receiving an extremely generous donation from the George Wellington Esquire Club’s Catch the Ace proceeds, and here’s an update on what the money has been used for.
The money received from Catch the Ace last year – half of a $1.9 million windfall split with Big Brothers Big Sisters, with Harold Archibald taking home a jackpot of $1.3 million for catching the ace – allowed GHC to purchase a number of critical pieces of medical equipment for the Group Health Center, including:
- a state-of-the-art echocardiograph machine, doubling our procedure capacity and allowing more advanced testing;
- a long-planned upgrade to Digital Radiography, shortening visit times, increasing efficiency, and improving image resolution;
- digital blood pressure units to replace older analog units in all practice areas;
- new exam room bedside monitors;
- new colonoscopes;
- new imaging servers and software to support faster, higher-definition diagnostics; and
- various other key purchases, like vaccine refrigerators and high-security medication containment.
As a registered non-profit healthcare charity, GHC follows strict provincial government rules for the allocation of all lottery proceeds. These protocols ensure that every dollar goes directly toward the purchase of medical equipment, for which they must apply with specific details, including patient benefit and necessity.
Thanks to public donations and Catch the Ace proceeds, GHC was able to update more equipment than thought possible, including in the Diagnostic Imaging department. Their Diagnostic Imaging campaign, Imagining a Brighter Tomorrow, was initially launched as a multi-year campaign, but because of the proceeds from Catch the Ace they were able to shorten it to two years. This means that GHC will be able to update equipment in other departments much faster. In typical years, they might spend $200,000–$300,000 on equipment, but thanks to Catch the Ace, they were able to invest nearly $1 million in total this year.
GHC would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for Catch the Ace, made a donation to the Trust Fund, or came out to one of their fundraising events. It is because of this wonderful community support every year that they are able purchase updated medical equipment and continue to provide patients with the best healthcare possible for a lifetime.
GHC would like to recognize and mention the dedication, generosity and man hours put in by Dom, Boomer and Matt, as well as all the staff of the Esquire Club. Week after week, through rain and shine (and snow!) these individuals showed up and made The Catch the Ace possible.
SaultOnline reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sault Ste. Marie to find out what they did with their portion and hasn’t heard back as of the time of this publication.