Foundations contribute to health care system

Pictou-Advocate-opinion

To the Editor:
If you’ve had a test or procedure in any one of the hospitals or health centres operated
by Nova Scotia Health Authority, chances are that some of the equipment used in your care was purchased by a health care foundation.
In the past five years alone, these 41 hospital foundations have contributed more than $250 million to support patient care, education and research.
On November 27, provincial health care foundations and Nova Scotia Health Authority are coming together as a collective to raise awareness about the essential work they do to support and enhance the delivery of health care and to thank the generous volunteers and donors who make that possible. Thousands of volunteers help support the work of hospital foundations, including about 500 volunteer board members. More than 500,000 Nova Scotians have made a donation to a foundation; it’s amazing to think of the power philanthropy has in our local health centres.
The generosity of our communities shines through our foundations, which make a significant contribution to the province’s health system. We would like to take this opportunity to applaud the community’s spirit of giving.

Joe MacDonald, Chair
Health Care Foundation of
Nova Scotia