There is a new executive director of the St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation.
Executive Director of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation, Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald began serving in the position on Thursday. She previously served as the manager for public engagement and community health board support with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the former Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority as director of public relations and community engagement.
MacDonald said one of the things she is going to focus on in her role is the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital foundation endowment campaign. She said the campaign is a little over 75 per cent of the way to its goal of raising $20 million by 2026.
MacDonald said they will also be reaching out to their current donor base, noting local businesses have been amazing providing support. She said she looks forward to working with the community, the current donors, and the volunteers, adding she is thankful to be part of the team.
It’s a significant donation to the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation’s “The Time is Now
Sobey Foundation Chair Frank Sobey (left) and St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Internal Medicine Doctor Amy Hendricks
Campaign”. The endowment fund has received a $1 million donation from the Sobey Foundation. Campaign Chair Steve Smith says the gift has pushed the fund’s total to $16.1 million. That’s over 80 per cent of its goal of $20 million.
The gift from the Sobey Foundation will support cardiorespiratory care at the Hospital. To recognize the donation, the cardio and respiratory services will be named Sobey Cardiorespiratory Services.
Sobey Foundation chair Frank Sobey says they decided to support the campaign for several reasons.
St. Martha’s Internal Medicine Doctor Amy Hendricks says the contribution is significant.
Hendricks says the donation will also be helpful in recruiting specialists.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation is conducting another mail-out as part of its “The Time is Now” endowment campaign. Envelopes were sent out this week to all homes in Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond Counties. In the package is information about the campaign, a pledge card and a return envelope.
Campaign chair Steve Smith says it’s doing this for several reasons.
The first mail-out took place in November. So far, the Foundation has received pledges and donations totalling 12 million dollars. The Foundation hopes to raise 20-million in 10 years.
It has been six months since the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital foundation kicked off their endowment campaign, and the money continues to roll it. The campaign now has 12 million for the endowment fund since the inception in September.
Steve Smith is the campaign chair for the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital endowment campaign. Smith says receiving donations is critical for the future of the foundation:
Smith says the goal is still to reach 20 million dollars by 2026. You can expect to find an envelope in your mailbox at the beginning of May, asking for a donation if you haven’t already filled out a pledge card.
The chair of the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation’s “The Time is Now” Campaign is taking his message to the business community today. Steve Smith will be speaking to “Business Connects” , the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce’s networking and information series. It will be held from 4 to 5:30 at the People’s Place Library. Smith says he’ll be talking about the importance of the campaign and how fund-raising is progressing. Smith says support from the business community and hospital staff has been encouraging. He says it’s also reaching out to the community for support.
The goal for the endowment fund is to raise 20 million dollars by 2026.