Since its inception in 1993 the Cumberland Health Care Foundation has raised more than $12 million in support of hospital equipment and various programs that have helped everything from students studying to enter the medical field to supporting cancer patients with some of the expenses that go with treatment.
While most of that amount was raised during the successful Above and Beyond Campaign to support construction of the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre and the Growing Care Campaign to support the opening of the third operating theatre at the hospital, other campaigns and fundraisers have helped provide first-class health care and programs for the people of Cumberland County.
Over the weekend, the foundation came together to honour the memory of Clara Bacon by unveiling a bursary fund in her name. Soon after her death last fall, her husband and former Nova Scotia Premier Roger Bacon, helped set up the endowment fund in her memory.
As the first chairman of the foundation, Bacon is very familiar with the important work the organization does in the community to support health care, whether through the purchase of important equipment or the provision of services that people have come to depend on.
Clara Bacon believed in lifelong learning and lifelong improvement, so it’s only fitting that the endowment fund created in her name will support those workers who want to take courses to improve the level of service they can offer to patients and the community as a whole.
Bacon is to be applauded for recognizing the need for such a bursary program and the foundation is to be lauded for coming up with a solution that will help health-care workers be the best they can be by coming up with a program that will only lead to a better health-care system for all of us.