Simcoe County donates one million dollars in support of neonatal intensive care unit

Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall recently presented Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) with a one-million dollar donation, in support of the renovation to the neonatal intensive care unit.

The funding is part of a $45 million commitment, in support of capital and redevelopment projects, that will be allocated over 15 years to area hospitals that serve Simcoe County residents. From 2017 to 2031, three million dollars will be distributed each year through collaboration with the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance which includes hospitals in Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Newmarket, Orillia as well as the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene.

Dating back to 1994, the county has committed $107 million in support of area hospitals.

“Our newly renovated neonatal intensive care unit officially opened in February 2017,” said Pat Campbell, OSMH president and CEO. “Before the renovation project was completed, the space hadn’t been touched for more than 30 years and was overcrowded.”

Now the new unit is a state of the art facility that’s more than double the size, with updated equipment and technology.

With the completion of the hospital’s $2.7 million neonatal intensive care unit project, the OSMH Foundation is now fundraising for a new CT scanner. Visit osmhfoundation.ca or call the foundation office at 705-325-6464 for more information.

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