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November 9, 2018

Tuccaro Group Donates $250,000 to the Gratitude Campaign’s Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites


Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Northern Lights Health Foundation is excited to announce that Tuccaro Group has joined the Gratitude Campaign  with a donation of $250,000. On Friday November 9th, the Health Foundation and Tuccaro Group celebrated this significant gift with a cheque presentation at the Tuccaro Group office. This donation will be reserved for the Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Suites project, which is the largest piece of the Gratitude Campaign.

The $7.6 million dollar MIS project will upgrade four of the current operating rooms in to state-of-the-art operating theatres that will help to attract highly skilled surgeons to the region and create an optimal operating environment for staff and patients. This technology will allow surgeons to be more 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.

Tuccaro Group, Founder, President and CEO, Dave Tuccaro talks about why they have chosen to support the Gratitude Campaign:

I was a Director on the very first Northern Lights Health Foundation Board and today remain an Honorary Member.  We have deep roots here in this region, and it doesn’t matter where you are from, if you are here you are going to need to use our hospital at some time.  I know my employees and their families use the healthcare system here and don’t want to have to go elsewhere to receive the care they need.  We also know that there is a direct link between great heath care and the future of our region and that is why as a business, we are proud to play our role in leading the region to a bright and prosperous future.

The Northern Lights Health Foundation Executive Director Cindy Amerongen acknowledges the significance of the donation. “The Gratitude Campaign has touched a chord in everyone whether they are new to the community or have deep roots in the region. We all aspire to create the health care programs and services we want right here in Wood Buffalo. Leaders like Dave Tuccaro and the Tuccaro Group are bringing us closer to the completion of the campaign, and that means we are closer to making the Gratitude projects a reality.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Northern Lights Health Foundation, I would like to offer sincere thanks to Dave for advancing the campaign with this wonderful gift.”

About Tuccaro Group

For over 30 years, Tuccaro has been a leader in providing essential services for oil sands operators, and essential opportunities to help people and communities thrive. We provide our clients with excellent service and innovative solutions, building strong, long-lasting relationships. Choose Tuccaro and tap into unparalleled quality and expertise at all of our seven companies. From water to lab services, from fuel to heavy equipment, the Tuccaro group of companies has grown to include every essential service to the success of the oil sands.  For more information, visit



About the Northern Lights Health Foundation


Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Health Foundation is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit


About The Gratitude Campaign

The Gratitude Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. The Campaign is comprised of several projects including: Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites, the Multi-purpose ClinicPalliative Care, Community ClinicsHealth Centre Lobby, and  Continuing Care.. For more information, visit


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