May 26th, 2024 – Erie Shores HealthCare introduced its new mammography unit and “Breast Days” program!

Thanks to funds donated from the Yes Ma’am Fashion Show event, the new mammography machine has a contrast-enhanced imaging component that is pivotal in accurate and efficient detection and diagnosis.
We also unveiled the newly renovated space thanks to a generous donation from Mat and Tania Iacobelli.
At the unveiling, Carolyn Fordyce, patient of ESHC, discussed how all of these enhancements changed her mammography and diagnostic imaging experience for the better.

Click HERE to read the full media release.

Special thank you to The Flower Shop at Thiessen’s for donating the beautiful flowers and to Julie Amlin for the lovely mural pictured!

On April 30th, Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC) welcomed the arrival of our new mobile MRI unit. On May 23rd, ESHC recently announced that we have begun patient-testing. The unit will bring advanced diagnostic abilities to our hospital and alleviate regional MRI wait times ahead of the completion of our permanent MRI Suite.

The Ministry of Health will cover operation costs of the MRI, and it is up to us (Erie Shores Health Foundation) through the generosity of our community to purchase the psychical machine and make the facility upgrades required to house it.

With the generous donations from Sun-Brite and Unico, and other individuals and organizations within our community, we are excited to share that the psychical MRI machine has been completely funded. We are very grateful for the community’s synergic response to this life-changing project thus far.

The remainder of the MRI Project funding is needed to complete our permanent MRI Suite as it requires highly-level, specialized renovations so that we can safely and effectively operate the machine.

The MRI Suite will allow us to engage advanced technology in our MRI scans, facilitate the movement of inpatients for the ease of our patients and staff, ensure optimal patient comfort, and secure MRI permanently within our Hospital.

Though we are not there yet, we are one step closer. We need the support of our community to bring the project in its entirety to life. Each and every donation toward this project is a significant contribution to advancing patient care and has a profound impact on our community as a whole.

To donate today, please click our “Give Now” button or click HERE to be directed to our donation page.

LEAMINGTON ON – On September 13th, 2023, Erie Shores HealthCare announced the opening of their Oncology and Outpatient Care Clinic in partnership with the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program. Following the announcement, Erie Shores Health Foundation unveiled the Clinic alongside community partners Transition to Betterness, Arist, Julie Amlin and Speedprint.

“The collectivism and generosity that Transition to Betterness, Julie Amlin and Speedprint have shown has been instrumental in the development of the Clinic. Thanks to our community, our patients can receive essential treatment close to home and count on being comfortable while doing so.” shared Penny Bellhouse, Executive Director of Erie Shores Health Foundation.

In partnership with Erie Shores Health Foundation to create comfort, Transition to Betterness (T2B), generously contributed a total of $100,000 to the Clinic. This funding supported the modeling of the Clinic and awarded the opportunity to extend their beloved Dr. Michelle Prince Comfort Care Tote program to the patients of the Clinic.

“It is an honour to share that the funds contributed to this vital project were raised from our annual Ride to Survive event, thanks to community support. We are also very proud to provide Dr. Michelle Prince Comfort Care Totes to each patient at the outset of their chemotherapy journey, offering comfort throughout treatment. We understand the importance of a supportive community during these challenging times, and our commitment to providing Comfort, Care and Dignity remains unwavering,” shared Amber Hunter, Executive Director of Transition to Betterness. “Our sincere gratitude goes to Erie Shores Health Foundation for standing with us as a partner in Comfort!”

Toronto Based Artist, Julie Amlin, and Leamington’s Speedprint partnered to further contribute to the comfort of the Clinic. Patients and staff of the Clinic can experience Julie’s mural in which she named “Again We Rise” and dedicated her donation to her late mother, Laurie Martin, and sister-in-law, Sally Mastrantonio. Speedprint generously printed and installed the mural.

“Standing from a journey in the foothills, you look up to see a sunrise peeking over the mountains. It announces a new day filled with possibilities. The sun shines on you with warmth and care. There’s a path to tread and it will require strength, but you are not alone and you are deeply loved,” Artist, Julie Amlin, explained of the mural design. “I wish the journey of those sitting in this room is much the same; to find resilience, to feel cared for, and to reach their summit of health once again. I hope that this mural helps to soften that journey.”

“Without the support of our community, these advancements in care close to home simply would not be possible. We are committed to continuing to lift the horizons of our Hospital with our community; for our community,” stated Penny Bellhouse, Executive Director.

Pictured from Left to Right: Tim Wilkinson – Partner, Speedprint Group Ltd., Penny Bellhouse – Executive Director, Erie Shores Health Foundation, Amber Hunter – Executive Director, Transition to Betterness, Julie Amlin – Artist, Kristin Kennedy – President and CEO, Erie Shores HealthCare

Last week, The Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Council generously gifted $5,000 to ESHF, dedicated to bringing MRI to Erie Shores HealthCare!
This gracious group is dedicated to supporting our community members. With our community’s support, we will be able to welcome Erie Shores HealthCares very first MRI home.

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More exciting news for our hospital with today’s announcement of $7.2 million in additional provincial funding to open 12 additional acute care beds and 2 additional ICU beds. This brings the total number of inpatient beds at the hospital to 72.
MPPs Trevor Jones and Anthony Leadri made the announcement this morning. It’s the latest in a series of exciting advancements at the hospital, which have included the introduction of Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy, a new Academic Office for Research, and planning for our new MRI.
To read more about today’s funding announcement, read the press release here:

The Leamington Lions Club raised a total of $6000 at their breakfast hosted during Hogs for Hospice weekend! On Tuesday, September 19th, 2023, ESHF’s Executive Director Penny Bellhouse and Leamington Lions Club President, Steve Lashmar, celebrated this donation by way of cheque presentation. This donation will support the ongoing compassionate care provided at The Hospice, Erie Shores Campus. We are very grateful for the Leamington Lions Club’s active dedication to supporting care close to home.

Last week, we celebrated 9 years of the Roger Salter Memorial Golf Tournament! This year, the tournament raised an amazing $12,000. We are beyond grateful for the Salter Family’s dedication and support. This tournament has become a staple to ESHF and The Hospice, Erie Shores Campus in Roger’s memory! Pictured below is Penny Bellhouse, Executive Director of ESHF with Debbie Salter, Roger’s wife.