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Honda Canada Foundation donates $4 million to Stevenson Memorial

Posted June 13, 2017

Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) made the largest ever contribution to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) this morning, providing $3 million towards the redevelopment project, and $1 million for the purchase of equipment.

"Honda strives to be a company that Canadians want to exist and is committed to giving back to communities where we live, work and play," said Bill Easdale, Senior VP of Honda of Canada Mfg and Vice Chair of the HCF. "While we have supported Stevenson Memorial Hospital over the past many years, this community has grown exponentially and with that, so has the need for substantial hospital expansion, medical equipment update, and an overall facility which has the ability to service this community."

SMHF is currently underway on fundraising $8 million as its "first step to redevelopment."

"We cannot thank the Honda Canada Foundation enough for their contribution to the hospital," said Tanya Wall, Executive Director of SMHF. "A donation of this magnitude will go a long way to further the redevelopment plans of Stevenson, and greatly assist the Foundation in supporting the purchase of priority hospital equipment. It has been inspiring to see the increase in support from community leaders like Honda, who have truly become champions for health care in our surrounding area."

SMH is at the end of Stage 1, of the five stage process, and seeks approval to move on to Stage 2 (functional program). Last week the provincial government approved providing the planning grant. SMH is proposing to build a new, two-storey, 161,577 sq. ft (gross - more than double its current 71,925 sq ft) at an estimated cost of $136,261,200. The local portion is $23,309,700.

"We are extremely grateful and proud to have the support of the Honda Canada Foundation as we move forward with our plans for a revitalized Stevenson Memorial Hospital," said Dr. Jody Levac, SMH President and CEO. "We continue to see growth in our volumes and in the need to bring upgraded and modern healthcare infrastructure to our community. The support of critical valued partners, like the Honda Canada Foundation, are helping achieve this reality."

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