Charity exceeds ambitions

<p>They hoped to raise $100 million, and considered that target ambitious.</p>


Hospital foundation closed campaign with $8M extra



Tim Wieclawski/metro ottawa


Susan Doyle, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and Dr. Jack Kitts, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital, announce the total raised by the hospital’s Legacy Campaign that started in 2003.

They hoped to raise $100 million, and considered that target ambitious.

But at the close of the five-year Ottawa Hospital Foundation Legacy Campaign yesterday, donors had surpassed all expectations by pledging a total of $108,437,175.

After the total was revealed, foundation chair Susan Doyle said the community had exceeded her wildest dreams. It wasn’t until a month ago that she began to feel confident that the lofty goal set out in 2003 might be attained.

Dr. Jack Kitts, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital, said combined funding from the Legacy Campaign, the provincial government and research investments bring the total investment in the Ottawa Hospital to nearly $384 million over the past five years.

“These funds will go a long way to improving patients care in our region,” said Kitts.

“Better equipment and facilities are allowing us to attract the best medical staff to care for our loved ones, and to conduct groundbreaking medical research that our community will be the first to benefit from.”

With campaign funds, Doyle said the Ottawa Hospital has been able to double the size of the emergency department at the Civic campus, which was completed in September 2006, and build the critical care wing and the cancer assessment clinic at the General campus.

At the Riverside campus, pledged money helped build the arthritis centre, expand the kidney disease centre, and make other improvements.

Where it goes

  • About 40 per cent of money raised funded research at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. The rest was used to purchase equipment and improve facilities at all three campuses.

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