The Rural Municipalities of Battle River and North Battleford have donated $50,000 and $51,138 respectively to the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings Campaign. Together, the contributions add another $101,000 to the campaign’s efforts to raise a total of $8 million for essential medical equipment and furnishings for the new Saskatchewan Hospital being built in North Battleford.
Reeve Joe Beckman, RM of Battle River and Reeve Dan Bartko, RM of North Battleford recognize the significant impact Saskatchewan Hospital has on the local economy and the contribution it makes to the health of our province.
“Mental health affects us all in one way or another; it has no boundaries,” Bartko stated. “Council felt it made good sense to support a campaign that will be so positive in our community, both from a health care perspective and in terms of economics.”
RM of North Battleford Reeve Dan Bartko presents a cheque for $51,138 to Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings Fundraising Lead, Corinne Bernier Delainey.
“The hospital is a big part of our community and has been for the past 105 years. It will be used by people who need help in our community and throughout the province,” said Beckman. “The new hospital will create new jobs and will add to our economic growth. We felt it was the right thing to do.”
RM of Battle River Administrator Betty Johnson and Reeve Joe Beckman present a $50,000 cheque to Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings Fundraising Lead Corinne Bernier Delainey.
“These gifts from our local rural municipalities are a wonderful show of support for the province’s only psychiatric rehabilitation hospital,” said fundraising lead Corinne Bernier Delainey. “To date, our New Beginnings campaign has raised about $6.6 million. We are now more than 85 per cent of the way to our target.”
Bernier Delainey added that local support remains crucial in reaching the $8 million goal. “We are deeply grateful to the RM of Battle River and the RM of North Battleford for joining the Town of Battleford in supporting the patients, staff and facility that have benefitted the communities for more than a century. The new SHNB will continue to have a positive economic, health and social impact on The Battlefords and area in the decades ahead,” Bernier Delainey stated.
The greenhouse at the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford will be named in honour of the Battle River and North Battleford rural municipalities, as well as the 27 other RMs that have contributed to date. The greenhouse will be known as ‘The RMs of Saskatchewan Greenhouse,’ a vital part of Saskatchewan Hospital’s Physical Activity Group Therapies Program for patients. The significant mental health benefits of gardening for patients include stronger social support networks, a sense of pride and motivation, increased physical activity and reduced stress.
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