Established in 1980 at arm’s length from the Hospital and with an independent Board of Directors, the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation is “in the business of generating, safeguarding and growing revenue, relationships and resources to advance Southlake.”
As Canadians we have come to expect that the healthcare we receive, wherever we live in this country, is at the highest standard and that governments have sole responsibility for ensuring that we all have access to healthcare in this country. The practical reality is that governments fund only a portion of hospital needs. As surprising as it sounds, all across Ontario communities contribute to the purchase of mobile x-ray units, blanket warmers, sleeping chairs, ventilators, CADD pumps, even CT scanners. Continuing education for staff and physicians, program expansions and hospital capital projects are also largely supported by community contributions.
Since its inception, the Southlake Foundation has worked with members of the community to raise millions of dollars for medical equipment, capital projects, patient programs and staff education, all for the goal of creating a hospital that meets the expectation of excellent outcomes for our family members, friends and neighbours.
At Southlake, we are committed to creating an environment in which our patients can have the confidence of expert care delivered by a compassionate team who truly puts the patient first. A lofty goal perhaps, but one to which our commitment is unwavering.
At the Southlake Foundation, we believe that transparency and accountability are essential to our success. With that in mind, we were one of the founding members of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code Program, a national program which requires that charities adhere to the highest standards of accountability in their relationships with donors. As a donor, it is important for you to know that a portion of your gift will be allocated to cover Foundation expenses necessary to raise millions of dollars annually and to help support the Hospital’s priority needs not covered by other funding. The Southlake Foundation Board establishes and monitors the allocation amount as part of the annual budgeting process.
Our sincere appreciation to the generous donors who share our vision. It is through your support that we can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients and their families every day.