There was a lot of money changing hands recently via three different cheque presentations made by the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation to Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS).
Foundation Executive Director Sally Kidson says three cheques, totalling just over 1.067-million-dollars went to GBHS to pay off bills that the corporation covered while the new hospital build was underway in Southampton.
Kidson says all of the money has come from community donations.
Almost $200,000 paid for annual needs such as state-of-the-art beds at the Southampton Hospital and equipment.
This money is made up of funds raised during the annual 98 the Beach Light the Way Radiothon and from private donations during the Light the Way campaign.
Kidson says another cheque for $250,000 was handed over to GBHS as the Foundation's fourth and final instalment for its one million dollar portion of the 10-million-dollar new ER and Lab build.
The other nine-million has come from the province.
The final cheque of $618,000 was for the purchase of equipment that fills the ER.
Kidson says, "We're so thrilled that the new ER and Lab work has progressed enough that we can now start paying those bills and pass some of that money on to GBHS who has been paying the bills to date."
President and CEO of GBHS, Lance Thurston, was on hand to accept the cheques, saying "It's an amazing community......that's been so generous in raising over a million dollars for what is a fantastic project that'll serve this area for years and years to come."
The presentations took place at the hospital on Wednesday, March 7th.