Walker Aggregates makes the first gift to renovate Collingwood General & Marine Hospital’s Emergency Department

Cwood_hosp_logo_copyCollingwood – March 30, 2016 – Walker Aggregates has come forward with the first gift to kick off a renovation designed to improve the efficiency and maximize space in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Collingwood G&M Hospital (CGMH). The company has committed $60,000 towards the $1 million ED Renovation Campaign.

Crushed stone from Walker’s local Duntroon Quarry, and sand and gravel from its Anten Mills Pit, are used to build roads, bridges, sidewalks, schools, homes and many other facilities in Simcoe County and the GTA.  Walker Aggregates has been generously supporting CGMH for the past 20 years.  Its parent company, family-owned Walker Industries, has for generations made significant contributions to support important projects in all of the communities in which it operates.

The demand for emergency medical treatment in Collingwood has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, yet the modestly sized ED has remained the same size and layout since 1999.  According to Ministry of Health and Long Term Care standards, the Emergency Department in Collingwood is less than half the size it should be to treat over 33,000 patients annually. Although a re-development project is part of future plans, there is a need to invest in the current facility.

Walker Aggregates Executive Vice-president Ken Lucyshyn, Dr. Kylie Bosman, Walker Industries President John Fisher & Hospital Foundation Board Chair Ernie Purkis

Walker Aggregates Executive Vice-president Ken Lucyshyn, Dr. Kylie Bosman, Walker Industries President John Fisher & Hospital Foundation Board Chair Ernie Purkis

Dr. Kylie Bosman is Chief of the Emergency Department.  She explains that the most efficient solution is to renovate the department to better utilize space and to best meet the community’s medical needs. “Almost 350,000 patients will be treated in our Emergency Department over the next 10 years. We are grateful to Walker Aggregates for its vision in recognizing the importance of initiating this project.  It certainly is a forward thinking company and we are very fortunate to have the support of this organization as a Hospital and as a community.”

According to Walker Aggregates Executive Vice-president Ken Lucyshyn, the company’s donation was prompted by its concern that people in and around the Collingwood area have access to quality local health care.  “After a tour of the Emergency Department, we knew right away that investing in this project would ensure that our community has access to the best medical care when they need it most urgently,” he said.

Hospital Foundation Board Chair, Ernie Purkis extended a sincere thank you to Walker Aggregates on behalf of the Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We appreciate that the people of Walker Aggregates have been investing in the right tools at our Hospital for the past 20 years.  Your support continues to be outstanding and our Hospital is able to evolve to meet the demands of our community because of you.”

Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation
459 Hume Street
Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 1W9
Tel: (705) 444.8645  Fax: (705) 444.8610
www.cgmhf.com

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