Communications

Esterhazy Health Foundations

Communications

Lab Intergration System $125,000 
ECG Machine $17,000
Lab Microscope $13,000
Blood Pressure Machines $6,800
Otoscopes $2,060
Digital Blood pres. device $2,035
Doppler $1,150
Stethoscopes $275
Otoclear Spray wash kit/tips $175

ESTERHAZY & DISTRICT ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
 
June 2021
 
We wanted to proceed with Charity Golf in 2021 but we need to error on the side of caution and ensure that we are not putting people at risk. The Charity Golf event will not proceed until 2022.
St. Anthony’s hospital and the Care Home need help funding capital projects in 2021.
 
The Saskatchewan government normally funds some capital projects each year through the Saskatchewan Health Authority however, so far, there is no funding for capital projects from the SHA. The cost of fighting Covid is the focus of the government.
 
Last year, in 2020, we asked for assistance in funding a laboratory information system so that all lab results are immediately accessible for you, your family doctor and your specialists. The estimated cost is approximately $150,000. Last year the net profit of Charity Golf was $135,000. Thank You. We are hoping for project completion in the next few months. There are a number of hospitals like ours wanting to implement the LIS system. The reason our project will be done is that we paid for it with your help.
 
There are important projects for the hospital and Care Home in 2021 and Charity Golf is hoping to be able to provide funding for these projects.
 
Care Home:
New Bath Tub $30,000
Reverse Osmosis water for residents $17,000
Hospital:
ECG Machine $19,000
New X-ray (estimated required in 23/24) $500,000
 
As we wait for an announcement from the government to build a new hospital and care home facility, we focus on projects that can be transferred to the new facility to make efficient use of capital. When the new facility is built, we are responsible for 100% of the furniture, fixtures and equipment. This cost is estimated at $3,000,000. A new X-ray falls into this category.
If you wish to donate, please email don.hood@sasktel.net. If you require an invoice for your donation add dgbernath@sasktel.net to your email. The mailing address for donations is:
 
Esterhazy & District Charity Golf Classic
PO Box 820
Esterhazy, Sk. S0A 0X0
 
If you have any questions, please contact one of the following members of the Charity
 
Thank you for your consideration
Don Hood
Chair – Esterhazy & District Charity Golf

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Update on Esterhazy Healthcare including integrated Hospital & Care Home August 2021

In 2009 St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and Charity Golf started fundraising for an integrated hospital and Care Home facility, not just a hospital.

The existing hospital was built in 1966 and the Care Home in 1967 and both are in poor condition. The provincial formula for building new health care facilities is that the community(s) pay 20% of the cost plus equipment and furnishings; however, if a community raises the 20% it does not commit the government to proceeding with the project. While some people think that the project will never proceed, they are wrong.

Esterhazy is, and will continue to be, an exception in rural Saskatchewan. As rural Saskatchewan continues to decline in population, Esterhazy and surrounding communities, will not. We need the government to commit their 80% of the funding.

The support of the community, local governments, Mosaic and corporate sponsors has been tremendous. While we cannot be sure without a detailed architectural plan what the total cost of the project will be we have taken the 2011 study numbers and attempted to allow for inflation. The number we are using for the community share is $10 million. To date, the fund sits at $10.25 million made up of 25% cash and the remaining 75% is commitments to be paid when the government proceeds with the project. When the government proceeds with the project the community(s) will need to raise  additional funds for equipment and furnishings estimated at $3 million. The total estimated community share for building, equipment and furnishings is $13 million.

There are huge problems in providing for health care in rural Saskatchewan.
There are problems in attracting and retaining health care professionals in rural Saskatchewan. The competition to recruit and retain health care professionals, especially doctors, is intense. Without doctors our whole hospital system collapses.

Our new doctors that come to Esterhazy are already in Canada and were doctors in other countries. To become licensed to practice in Canada they are required to enter a qualification program. In Saskatchewan, this program is called the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice assessment. They write exams and demonstrate their
abilities to qualified Saskatchewan physicians and, if they pass, are placed in communities like Esterhazy. They commit to stay for 3 years. Most of these new doctors come from major Canadian cities and, unless we can find ways to make them welcome in our community, after 3 years they will return to the cities. Esterhazy’s 5th doctor arrives in early September. Doctors work their normal daytime schedule and
then are on call for evenings and weekends. With five doctors they will be on call every 5th day and every 5th weekend which allows them to have a life other than work.

Other health care professionals are also hard to attract and retain in rural Saskatchewan. This includes nurses, lab personnel and X-ray Techs. Many rural
Saskatchewan towns are struggling to maintain emergency services. We need to find a solution in Esterhazy. The decision was made to purchase four houses for two reasons:

1) to attract doctors to our community and, hopefully, encourage them to stay and purchase the house and,

2) investment purposes. The building fund cash is invested in GICs which, in the last few years, has paid about 1%. The houses are currently rented to doctors. With the rent the doctors pay on the houses the return on our money is about 4%. When the government proceeds with the project we will take out mortgages on the houses to free up the money.

Since Charity Golf began in 2001 they have contributed about $1.3 million to equipment and upgrades at the hospital and Care Home in addition to their $3 million commitment to the new facility. When donating to the hospital and Care Home, Charity Golf focuses on items that can be transferred to the new facility. If we need to spend money on the existing facilities we will find a way to do it. With Covid, the Charity Golf event which is the largest healthcare fund raiser, has not been held for the past two years. In 2020 and 2021 Charity Golf has canvassed for funding for capital for the hospital and Care Home. This year’ request is posted on Facebook. The items noted total $66,000 (which includes an ECG machine) plus the initiation of funding request to replace the X-ray in 2023/24 ($500,000).

To improve communication with the communities and, hopefully get some
donations, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and Charity Golf are building a website
– Esterhazyhealthfoundations.ca. We expect to have the website operation within the
next 2-3 months.

The community has been very supportive to fund raising and recognizing the value of the doctors, nurses, technicians and other workers at the hospital and care home especially during the stress of Covid. You are doing, and can do, a lot to make Esterhazy a welcoming community where people want to work in health care.

On Behalf of St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation and Esterhazy & District
Charity Golf

Hospital & Care Home Building Fund 
as at October 31, 2021 
  
Cash Donations 
Corporate Donations1,583,667
Private Donations482,075
Municipal contributions407,400
Organizations' donations43,401
St. Anthony's Gala Fundraiser90,806
Esterhazy Car Show 2011 & 12 & 1542,687
Mosaic/St.Anthonys Fund Raising Committee19,906
RCMP Musical Ride11,700
Total Cash Donations2,681,642
  
Commitments 
Municipal 4,484,000
Esterhazy & District Charity Golf 2,837,000
Corporate 106,000
Total Commitments7,427,000
  
Total Cash & Commitments10,108,642

St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation 
Balance Sheet as at October 31, 2021 
    
North Valley Credit Union 301,581
National Bank-GICs 1,452,493
RBC Dominion Securities-GICs 527,500
Investments - rental properties 1,574,321
Other assets  17,895
Total Assets  3,873,790
    
Directed Donations - Building fund 2,681,642
Directed donations - Other 77,846
Total Directed Donations 2,759,488

Esterhazy & District Charity Golf  
Balance Sheet as at November 8, 2021 
    
Cash & Investments(GICs) 3,043,821
    
Commitment-Building Fund 2,837,000
    
Available funds  206,821
    
Outstanding commitments  
Lab Integration system (2nd pymt)67,000 
Lab microscope 13,000 
ECG machine 17,000 
Total 97,000 

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