Thunder Bay – Cardiovascular Campaign Gets $500,000

Thunder Bay, Ont., cardiovascular campaign gets $500k boost

A fundraising campaign aimed at creating a cardiovascular surgery program in Thunder Bay has received a major financial boost.

The John Andrews Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Our Hearts at Home Campaign. The donation will be used to purchase equipment for the planned cardiovascular unit, which will be built at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).

“We are proud to continue our support of local healthcare services,” Allan McKitrick, chair of the John Andrews Foundation, said in a statement. “This particular donation is significant as all of us have seen the stress that people experience when they need to leave town to access life-saving cardiac surgery. We want to ensure that, should people need surgery, they can have it here at home.”

According to the campaign website, northwestern Ontario has the highest rates of cardiac disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease in the province. People in need of cardiovascular surgery, however, also have to travel thousands of kilometres for the service, as it isn’t available in the region.

“Our program will benefit greatly from the John Andrews Foundation,” Dr. Peter Voros, executive vice president of in-patient care programs at the TBRHSC, said in a statement. “Their donation will be used to help expand an existing operating room for cardiac surgery, and help build a new in-patient recovery ward for patients who undergo surgery. We are tremendously grateful to them for choosing our Hospital as a beneficiary of their funds.” – cbc news

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Public has to raise $14 million to bring cardiovascular services to TBRHSC.  The estimated total project cost is between $70 million to $80 million.  If you use an average of $75 million, that means $14 million is 19% of the total cost.

The new waterfront art gallery’s estimated construction costs are $33 million. Of that cost, the public has to come up with $3.5 million or 11% of the total cost.

Soooo, a project that will save lives and limbs of local and district residents must raise 19% of the cost through public fundraising while an art gallery that saves no lives or limbs of anyone must raise only 11% through public fundraising.  THAT is what is wrong with this city.  Priorities are all wrong.

Those numbers should be reversed.  Once again, government funding goes to the people who have political connections.

Exactly, George.  Truer words were never spoken. Its a big club and we are not in it.

Overall benefit to the city does not matter. Its whats good for the club…the owners.

What’s saving the life of Joe or Jane Shmoe  compared to some Thunder Bay ‘elite club members’ being able to mingle at a wine and cheese gala in a fancy new art gallery talking about art that few if any residents of Thunder Bay will see or care to see?

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