Counties donates $500K to hospital campaign

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In front, from left, are Bill McGimpsey, Deputy Warden and Deputy Mayor of North Stormont; Dennis Fife, Mayor of North Stormont; Erin Killoran, Manager Major Gift at Cornwall Hospital Foundation; Ian McLeod, Warden and Mayor of South Glengarry, Jim Brownell, Honorary Chair of the To Your Health! Campaign. In back, from left, are Roy Perkins, Co-Chair of the To Your Health! Campaign; Steven Byvelds, Mayor South Dundas.

The United Counties Council has pledged $500,000 over two years to the Cornwall Hospital Foundation’s To Your Health! Campaign.

The vote among councillors was unanimous to fund the purchase of an MRI and digital urology table at Cornwall Community Hospital..

“All the decisions we make are for the benefit of the people we represent, said Ian McLeod, warden and mayor of South Glengarry. "This diagnostic equipment will make it so people will get the proper diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. In medicine, timing is of the essence.”

The sentiments were echoed by deputy warden Bill McGimpsey.

“The public often thinks of the United Counties as being in charge of roads," he said. "I see our role as looking out for people’s safety. This decision brings it to the next level, safety and health wise. So let’s do it right by helping to bring this equipment close to us.”

Thanks to the United Counties’ funds, the Cornwall Hospital Foundation is closer to reaching its goal of raising $3.5 million. In fact it needs just $400,000 more.

"We still have a ways to go to get to goal but we’re ready to continue the campaign into January to reach the $3.5 million required to pay for this equipment.,” said campaign co-chair Roy Perkins.

Organizations: Cornwall Hospital Foundation, United Counties Council, Cornwall Community Hospital

Geographic location: South Glengarry

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