Health Care Foundation Holds 2015-16 Annual General Meeting 

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation held its annual general meeting today at Bally Haly for its donors, friends, volunteers, partners and the general public. At the meeting, Jocelyn Perry, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors and Paul Snow, President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation, provided an overview of the foundation’s achievements and progress for the 2015-16 fiscal year. 

“This past fiscal year, thanks to the overwhelming support of our donors and partners, we transferred $2,175,767 to Eastern Health to enhance the care of patients and families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”  Debbie Patten, Chair of the Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The generosity of our supporters has translated into better care – investing in equipment, comfort items, research and education for a number of clinical areas, including Cardiac Care, Surgical Care, Women’s Health, Mental Health and Addictions, Rehabilitation, Medicine, Palliative Care and more.”

A notable accomplishment this year included the completion of the Building Trades Workers of the Resource Development Trades Council (RDTC) and Newfoundland and Labrador Building and Construction Trades Council’s (NLBTC) $10 million commitment to surgical care. This investment will see the redevelopment of 17 traditional operating rooms into state-of-the-art Integrated Operating Suites at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. 

The Health Care Foundation also completed a milestone for its work within Mental Health and Addictions with the reopening of LeMarchant House, a community-based mental health centre in St. John’s. The facility underwent extensive renovations and was transformed into a therapeutic and welcoming environment for clients.  The Health Care Foundation also launched the Peaceful Ports Project this past fiscal year. This project aims to revitalize hospital waiting areas and family rooms into more soothing and comforting spaces for patients and their families.  With the help of donors, the goal is to redesign and redevelop over 100 hospital spaces, including waiting rooms, quiet rooms and family rooms throughout a number of adult hospitals and facilities.    

In addition to reflecting on accomplishments from the past year, the Health Care Foundation also announced that it would be broadening its mandate moving forward. Effective immediately, the foundation will now provide fundraising support to long-term care services and programs at Pleasant View Towers and the Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion. 

 “Seniors and long-term care residents are not just looking for quality health care, but also a place they feel proud to call home,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation.  “The Health Care Foundation is thrilled to extend its commitment to support innovative, compassionate and comfortable care to the over 500 residents currently living at Pleasant View Towers and the Caribou Veteran’s Pavilion.”

At the meeting, the Health Care Foundation also announced the retiring of three board members: Ed Drover, Nora Duke and Oscar Howell. Additionally, five new board members were introduced; Dr. Rick Bhatia, Bernard (Tanny) Collins, Collette Smith, Scott Antle and John Allan.

 “We thank our retiring board members for their commitment to adult health care and wish them all the best with their future endeavors,” added Mrs. Patten. “We also are very pleased to introduce our new members who we are confident will bring great knowledge and experience to the operations of the foundation.” 

The Health Care Foundation’s Annual Report for 2015-16 is available online at   

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province. 

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Media contact:
Janessa Hynes
Communications Coordinator
Health Care Foundation 
(709) 777-5906