The Barrie Memorial Hospital Foundation was founded in 1973 to help the Ormstown hospital fulfill its goal of providing healthcare to the residents of the Haut-Saint-Laurent. This foundation was created 34 years after the opening of the hospital in 1939.
Over the years, the money that has been raised by the foundation has helped maintain high-quality services to patients. It has invested in state-of-the-art medical equipment as well as construction and renovations to better the hospital facilities; some examples are the addition of a new CT scanner and emergency room renovations in 2010.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the organization held a 5 à 7 in Ormstown on October 5. Many people important to the foundation were present at this event, including provincial and federal political representatives, senior management members of the CISSSMO, along with past and present members of the foundation’s board of directors.
The foundation received honourary certificates during the event, given by the provincial and federal governments to recognize its importance in the community. Philippe Gribeauval, CEO of CISSSMO, as well as Dominique Pilon and Annie Poirier, thanked past and present foundation members for their hard work and the support they have provided to the Haut-Saint-Laurent over the years.
For 50 years, the foundation has always followed its goal of supporting the hospital financially to allow it to offer the best healthcare possible. This has been achievable because of the generous contributions that have been donated to the organization over the years. Money is currently being raised to install a new CT scanner. (CF)