When it comes to meeting the needs of a growing community, a helping hand goes a long way.

The County of Simcoe, through the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, presented the Stevenson Memorial Hospital with a cheque for more than $100,000 on Jan. 25, the final installment in their 10-year commitment to the Alliston health centre.

The decade-long funding, in total $1.15 million, allowed the local hospital to purchase a state-of-the-art CT (computed tomography) scanner in 2009. The vital piece of equipment allows the user to see inside the object without cutting. In the past year alone, with the CT scanner, the hospital has been able to provide treatment to more than 5,900 patients.

In a growing community, that includes South Simcoe and surrounding areas, this kind of care is possible thanks to county support.

“The support we receive from the County of Simcoe is absolutely critical to our hospital,” said Jody Levac, Stevenson Memorial Hospital president and chief executive officer. “We rely on funding from our county and the community to help with capital costs, such as much-needed equipment.”

Stevenson is not only meeting the increasing demands of a growing community, but it’s efficiency has been noted across the province. The emergency department  consistently ranks in the top five high-performing hospitals in Ontario for wait times. Which is why the County of Simcoe recognizes the importance of continuing its support.

“County funding of our area hospitals is not a requirement, however our council understands how important healthcare is to our residents and we therefore choose to invest in our area hospitals, their staff and ultimately the communities they serve,” said Gerry Marshall, Simcoe County warden. “As partners, we are very pleased to have supported important capital projects at Stevenson Memorial Hospital over the last 10 years and we look forward to working closely with the hospital through our renewed 15-year funding commitment.”

A progressive rural-based hospital, Stevenson Memorial Hospital offers 40 inpatient beds and a long range of outpatient treatment services that include dialysis, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology, cardiology, pediatrics and obstetrics. Areas it serves include Adjala-Tosorontio, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth.

In the photo, the County of Simcoe, through the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, presented the Stevenson Memorial Hospital with the final installment in its $1.15M funding commitment to the Alliston health centre over the last 10 years. Pictured, from the left, are Michael Martin, Stevenson board of directors chair; Jane Sinclair, Simcoe County health and emergency services general manager; Doug Little, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio deputy mayor; Terry Dowdall, County of Simcoe deputy warden; Jody Levac, Stevenson president and CEO; Gerry Marshall, Simcoe County warden; Paul Whiteside, Town of New Tecumseth  councillor; and Mary Small Brett, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio mayor. Photo courtesy of Stevenson Memorial Hospital.