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RMWB Puts Finishing Touch on Gratitude Campaign


Northern Lights Health Foundation is excited to announce a $400,000 grant from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Community Capital Grant fund to the Gratitude Campaign.


This major investment in advancing health care in our region will enable construction of state-of-the-art Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Suites at the Northern Lights Health Centre.


“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Northern Lights Health Foundation, I would like to offer sincere thanks to Mayor Don Scott, and the RMWB Council and leadership for approving this community capital grant which brings us to our fundraising goal for the Gratitude Campaign,” said Melanie Antoine, Chair of the Health Foundation Board of Directors. ”This is the first municipal grant the Health Foundation has received and reflects the RMWB’s stated vision for a strong, healthy, sustainable region. Their generous grant will make a significant and lasting improvement to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre that will benefit patients for years to come.

The $6.3 million dollar MIS project will upgrade four of the current operating rooms into state-of-the-art operating theatres that will attract highly skilled surgeons to the region and create an optimal operating environment for staff and patients. This technology allows surgeons to be precise and efficient in the surgical suite; these efficiencies could result in an additional 500 surgeries being performed every year, right here at home. In the past, large incisions were needed for many surgeries so surgeons could see – and reach – the areas being treated. Today, nearly every part of the body is reachable with minimally invasive surgery.

“Keeping healthcare close to home is a priority for the citizens of our region,” said Mayor Don Scott.  “Strong local health care is key to ensuring Wood Buffalo’s future as a vibrant, attractive and sustainable region. The RMWB recognizes the work of the Health Foundation in advancing health opportunities in our region and are proud to provide this capital grant in support of the creation of new surgical suites.


The Northern Lights Health Foundation Executive Director Cindy Amerongen acknowledges the significance of the donation. “Since the launch of the Gratitude Campaign we have heard time and time again from the community that nothing is more important than healthcare. And great healthcare at the hospital includes creating more surgical opportunities and attracting top surgical talent. The RMWB Community Capital Grant of $400,000 brings us to the completion of the campaign, and that means we are closer to making the Gratitude projects a reality.”

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