Belleville General Hospital Auxiliary’s President, Leah Johnson enthusiastically announced, that after recently completing their last $100,000 to cancer care at BGH, the BGHA is committing to another five-year, $100,000 pledge, this time to benefit the building of the new Fracture Clinic at QHC’s Belleville General Hospital.
Kristina Cruess, Program Director Orthopedic Clinics, attended the announcement today at the Belleville General Hospital Foundation and shared these remarks, “The Fracture Clinic has been slated for redevelopment for the past few years and remains a corporate priority. The new development will expand to 3000 square feet in the current area on Quinte 1. The new area will be approximately four times the current size to meet the needs for our community and to accommodate having six surgeons working in the clinic each week. This generous donation from the Auxiliary is a greatly appreciated by the Surgical Program, physicians and clinic staff, and most importantly will provide a pleasant, spacious clinic space to provide exceptional orthopaedic care to our community.”
When asked why the Auxiliary wanted to support this project at BGH, Leah remarked, “We know there is a need to make the Fracture Clinic bigger. We help patients and their families around the hallways, by the current clinic, and the patients are sometimes overflowing into the hallways. This makes it hard to get by for patients with wheelchairs or walkers.”
Belleville General Hospital Foundation’s Board Chair, Patricia Guernsey, was on hand to thank the BGHA for all of continued support, “We are very grateful to the Auxiliary for supporting this important project at BGH. We all recognize the need for a new Fracture Clinic here at the hospital. My family are regular patients, she laughed. Thank you again for pledging your support to the Fracture Clinic, we value the work you do for all us who use BGH, not only for ourselves, but our families too.”
“A project of this magnitude requires the generosity of many community partners.” said Steve Cook BGHF’s Executive Director. He went on to say, “We need to raise $375,000 locally so that the government will give QHC the total funds necessary for the renovation project. This donation, in conjunction with our upcoming golf tournament, are huge catalysts to help move this project forward.”
The BGH Foundation announced the return of its annual golf event last week. The ‘Fairways for Fractures’ fundraising golf tournament, is co-sponsored by Williams Hotels and Alexander Wilson Architect Inc. and is slated for June 13, 2019 at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course.
The Belleville General Hospital Auxiliary supports patients, visitors, and staff at BGH. They currently offer 20 volunteer programs at BGH. Since their formal organization in 1938, they have offered volunteer programs at BGH in addition to running retail spaces like the Aroma Café, Tuck Shop, and Gift Shop. They also operate the Opportunity Shop, on Pinnacle Street in downtown Belleville. Proceeds from these revenue generating businesses, their annual raffles, yard sale, and Christmas Bazaar will be directed toward their pledge. The Auxiliary has over 300 volunteer members and in 2019 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) they dedicated 37,135 hours to making care better at BGH. They hope to make their first $20,000 pledge gift in September 2019.
Pictured from left: Patricia Guernsey, Chair BGHF, Leah Johnson, President BGHA, Michael Rush, First Vice President BGHA, Dr. Andrew Pickle, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kristina Cruess, Director Surgical Program, Steve Cook, ED BGHF