Ground breaking set for rural health centre

The North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) board of directors met on April 16 to hear updates from the Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) Foundation and the Louise Marshall Hospital (LMH) Redevelopment Fundraising Campaign.

Dale Franklin, PDH Foundation development officer provided an update on the upcoming gala.

“The PDH Foundation has been very fortunate to have very dedicated volunteers for the support of their Starlight Gala that is being planned for May 23 in Harriston this year,” noted Franklin. “With only a few tickets remaining the event is expected to be a sell out again this year with proceeds going to support a new ultrasound machine.”  

The PDH Foundation was pleased to hear the Minto Rural Health Centre (MRHC) construction will start soon. Nith Valley contracting was selected as the contractor. A ground breaking ceremony will take place on April 28 at 1pm on the front lawn of PDH. Community members are welcome to attend the celebration. Nith Valley Contracting aims to have the MRHC near completion by the end of the calendar year.

Bill Nelson, co-chair for the LMH Redevelopment Fundraising Campaign, updated the board on campaign progress.

“The campaign is now moving to the public phase in May,” explained Nelson.

“The community as a whole is being encouraged to provide their financial support to the redevelopment fundraising campaign. We continue to be grateful for the number of donors who have already given so generously.”

The board congratulated the fundraising committee on its success to date.

An advertisement seeking NWHC volunteer board members was successful. It is expected the board vacancies will be filled by interested and supportive community members.

NWHC’s annual meeting is on June 18, at which applicants will formally be considered and voted on if required. The board continues to be pleased with the level of interest and support from the community to serve as volunteers.

NWHC is a regional provider of acute care health services through fully-accredited hospital sites in Mount Forest and Palmerston.