High Times at the Heart Institute Valley Tour raises $21K for local healthcare

Last fall, Stone Fence Theatre of Eganville toured up and down the Ottawa Valley performing a hilarious musical called High Times at the Heart Institute.  Written by Ish Thellheimer, the play looked at the differences between American and Canadian healthcare through the eyes of several semi-fictitious patients at the Heart Institute.  Shows were presented in Deep River, Pembroke, Eganville, Renfrew, Barry's Bay, Almonte and Ottawa.  The end result $21,000 was shared among valley hospitals and the Heart Institute.   

Young Philanthropist

Charlotte Searle (7) proudly donated $63.70 to Foundation Director Al Roberts last week.  Charlotte raised the funds by selling her dollhouse and topping up the amount with some money she had already collected.

When asked why, her answer was quite simple.  One of her schoolmates is battling cancer and she thought that it would help. 

Thank you Charlotte for helping to support health care close to home.

The Commonwell Donates $25K to Almonte General Hospital Local Insurer Gives Back with C.A.R.E Program

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a home and auto insurance company focused on clients throughout Ontario, has announced their latest major community donation of $25,000 to Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation. Funded through The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program, the donation will assist with the purchase of two new ultrasound machines for the local emergency and acute care hospital.

 "The Commonwell’s donation will help ensure that each year hundreds of mothers will have access to state-of-the-art ultrasound images ‎as part of their prenatal care at Almonte General Hospital," said Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO of Almonte General Hospital. "As will other patients being investigated for gynecological, urological, abdominal and vascular issues."

 Almonte General Hospital (AGH) is a 52-bed emergency and acute care hospital serving the Mississippi Mills region as well as Arnprior, Carleton Place, Ottawa, Perth and surrounding townships. The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E donation will help fund two new ultrasound machines to meet the hospital's growing demand for ultrasounds and to replace aging equipment. This will not only cut wait times for medical and obstetrical ultrasound scans in half, but it will update the hospital’s equipment to meet the latest technological advances.

“Our Commonwell staff and brokers live in the communities that they serve, so giving back locally has always been very important to us all,” said Tim Shauf, President and CEO of the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. “We’re truly honoured to work with Almonte General Hospital and support them in continuing to provide exceptional medical care to the area.”

The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program helps to fund vital charitable organizations in the Eastern Ontario communities that The Commonwell serves. Last year, the Commonwell donated over $575K to a variety of local organizations including hospitals, food banks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, youth services, Habitat for Humanity and palliative care.

 About The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group:

Established January 1st 2014, The Commonwell is a merger of three longstanding mutual insurance companies that has been built on more than a century of hands-on commitment to the local communities it serves. Since its founding three years ago, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group operates on the same historical premise of its three legacy companies – maintaining a focus on local presence and service that builds strong long-term relationships for the benefit of the greater community.


176 Golfers chip in for health care close to home in Mississippi Mills

The 14th annual summer Golf Classic sponsored by Kanata Ford in support of the Almonte General Hospital / Fairview Manor Foundation raised more than $55,000 on Monday, June 6 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.

“Our community cares deeply about their Hospital and Manor,” said Art Solomonian, Chair of the AGH-FVM Foundation. “Spending a day on the links is such a simple and fun way to provide support which results in replacement or new equipment in the hands of our doctors and staff.  Patients at the Hospital and residents in the Manor are ultimately the big winners.”

Golfer Greg Hickey thanked participants prior to the dinner.  A long-time Almonte resident, his mother is currently cared for on the Rosamond Unit (Complex Continuing Care) at the AGH.  Greg said that when family members bring her home for a visit on the weekends, she looks forward to returning to the Hospital.  He felt that speaks volumes to the quality of care she receives on a daily basis.

As well as golfing, participants enjoyed hole prizes, raffle tickets and the opportunity to bid on live and silent auctions items which were donated by generous local businesses and individuals. Sponsorship accounted for a large portion of the funds raised.  Kanata Ford was this year’s major sponsor followed by the local Rexall store and the BMO branch. 

“So many people deserve a big thank you including all our golfers, sponsors, auction item and prize donors, dinner guests, and volunteers,” said Al Roberts, Managing Director, AGH-FVM Foundation. “I especially want to thank our amazing golf committee who worked so hard to make the event a success:  Liz Taylor, Gretta Bradley, Josh Gamble, Richard Love, Bert McIntyre, Kathy Stratton, Carolyn Piche and committee chair Joy Delahunt.”

Next year’s tournament will take place Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.

A message from the CEO

A message from the CEO

This is a time of year when many people reflect on their blessings. Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Lanark County Paramedic Service are blessed with supportive communities, committed volunteers, loyal donors, and talented, caring staff and medical staff.  

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