All Saints Foundation going nowhere

Christopher Gooding
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Springhill decision doesn’t involve hospital support team

SPRINGHIL – There’s politics and then there’s patients, and the Springhill All Saints Community Health Care Foundation is only concerned with one of them.

All Saints Hospital

While Springhill is embroiled with the decision to dissolve its municipal status, the foundation – which financially supports the All Saints Hospital’s services – says the political decisions and fallout from the public will not affect its support.

“We want Springhill to know we support the hospital and that will continue down the road regardless of what happens,” foundation chair Robert Spence said. “We are not going away. We are going to be here.”

Spence’s comments come on on the heels of rumblings he's heard the decision to dissolve Springhill might impact the level of support the foundations offers the local hospital, and Spence says that’s not so.

“We will be supporters of the hospital, period, regardless of the politics.”

In a written statement, Spence highlighted support for the foundation goes beyond the town limits and representatives on the board have been from neighbouring, and not so neighbouring, Oxford, Leamington, Mapleton and Southampton.

All Saints Hospital has transitioned from acute care to what Spence heralded as top-notch palliative care, and whether Springhill is part of the Municipality of Cumberland County or remains an incorporated entity it wont change the financial support the foundation offers, nor stop it from raising its voice if and when any changes are made to All Saints the feel is a step in the wrong direction for the patients and staff, Spence said.

“We raised our voice recently when the existing health board decided lab personnel would be moving to Amherst. We challenged the decision,” Spence said.

So long as there is a hospital, Spence said, there will be a foundation.

“If the status of the hospital doesn’t change, we won’t change.”


Foundation highlights

• Received charitable status in 1994

• Has provided $212,408 in equipment funding

• Purchased hematology analyzer, bladder scanner, hydraulic lift, whirlpool tub and much more for the hospital

• Funded the walking track at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre

• Provided $15,000 for the construction of a threat at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Organizations: All Saints Hospital, All Saints Foundation, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Oxford, Leamington, Mapleton Cumberland County All Saints Amherst

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