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Sobey Foundation establishes $1 Million cardiorespiratory service at St. Martha’s Hospital

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ANTIGONISH –  Saint Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation (SMRHF) is bursting with pride.

That’s because the Sobey Foundation has made a transformative $1 million gift in support of cardiorespiratory care at the hospital. In recognition of the gift, the cardio and respiratory services will be named Sobey Cardiorespiratory Services.

Frank Sobey, chair of the Sobey Foundation, along with Joe MacDonald, past chair of the SMRHF, and Steve Smith, chair of the SMRHF Endowment Campaign, made the announcement Monday in Antigonish.

“The creation of the Sobey Cardiorespiratory Services will be the greatest gift to any individual or family living with cardio and respiratory illness,” said Joe MacDonald. “A lot of patients are referred to St. Martha’s with chronic illnesses such as COPD, asthma, and heart disease that require treatment and education here at home. The Sobey Foundation gift will enable the hospital to extend these services.”

The gift by the Sobey Foundation is part of a major fundraising drive with the goal of achieving a $20 million endowment to sustain and grow the services offered at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. Every year, St. Martha’s services four counties, 50,000 people and provides over 90,000 services. Keeping those services here is critical to the region and having the right equipment and level of care is important for attracting and retaining doctors.

The Sobey Foundation gift will improve the quality in acute and chronic care for heart and lung diseases. This gift will specifically support additional education, services and equipment needed to transform the way cardiorespiratory services are delivered in the region.

“We are making this gift as a catalyst to inspire additional gifts from the community, creating sustainable funding for health care at St. Martha’s,” said Frank Sobey. “The Sobey Foundation’s goal is to improve the lives of individuals through health, education and communities. By partnering with St. Martha’s, we knew we could make that lasting impact. This investment will ensure that the Foundation and the hospital have the capacity to continue to provide this essential support in the community where we live and work.”

“On behalf of the entire region, I want to thank the Sobey Foundation for their generous support of the work being done at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. It is an inspiring act that will support a healthy community and change countless lives,” said Steve Smith. “The Sobeys epitomize the very best of philanthropic, community and business leadership in this country. We are fortunate to have them as proud members of community.”