The citizens’ advocacy group, OurTMH, has over 10,000 members and is pushing to double that number within the next year.
Close to 100 people filled the Quinte West council chamber tonight (Wednesday) for an OurTMH open house and information session.
Chair of the Quinte Health Care Board of Directors, Doug McGregor, said the board and QHC staff had been meeting with OurTMH members to share ideas on now to improve healthcare services in the area.
McGregor thanked OurTMH for its help in keeping Trenton Memorial Hospital strong, saying the community built the hospital and the community is keeping it open.
The Chair of the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation, Phil Wild, also thanked OurTMH for its tireless work, adding that because of it the future of Trenton Memorial Hospital looks bright.
Wild said a year ago at this time, things looked anything but bright for TMH.
The Executive Director of the TMH Foundation, Wendy Warner, stressed the need for community support to buy new medical equipment for the hospital.
The coming year’s goal for the Foundation is very ambitious, at over $1.8 million dollars.
The ophthalmology unit needs new lasers, new equipment is needed in surgery, the ultrasound and catscan need replacing and 8 new beds must be purchased.
Meanwhile, OurTMH and the TMH Foundation will be celebrating the hospital and local healthcare by organizing a free street dance on June 10.
The Reasons and other groups will provide the entertainment in the Quinte West city hall parking lot.