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NOTE: When the Foundation office is closed, donations & packages can be dropped off at the Centre Grey Hospital Admitting desk, 7 days a week, 8am-11pm.

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Foundation Coordinator
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Darlene Lamberti

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55 Isla Street PO Box 406
Markdale ON N0C 1H0

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Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Office
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Our Mission: To raise, manage and disburse funds to support and enrich quality health care for residents of and visitors to our community.

Our Objectives: To co-ordinate fundraising - receive, maintain, raise and disperse funds - for the enhancement of health care services in the Centre Grey area including GBHS - Centre Grey Hospital.




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Centre Grey Health Services Foundation marches on with Fundraising Events and the New Hospital on the Horizon

February 8, 2018


“These are exciting times,” said Darlene Lamberti, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF) Coordinator, buoyed by continued progress on the new hospital and tasked with managing the many initiatives undertaken by the Foundation this year.

Plans for the new Hospital in Markdale have entered phase 3.2. “This is the stage where the fit and finish is decided,” Lamberti explained. Beginning next week, the architects are hosting the next round of consultations with Foundation staff, hospital staff, physicians, and volunteers to review floorplans for the new hospital and ensure equipment and workspaces meet user needs. While the new hospital will be a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced facility, as much of the hospital's current equipment will be transferred to the new building as is appropriate for the new space.

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“The CGHSF mandate is to raise funds to support local healthcare,” Lamberti said, adding “not many people realize that the government does not fund all capital costs which must then be borne by the community. As the new hospital makes it’s way through planning phases with construction starting sometime around 2020, business carries on at the current facility. That means that work never ends for the Foundation which helps to pay for everything from medical equipment, patient monitors and security systems to beds, furniture and flooring.

Through in-memoriam donations, legacy giving and local fundraising efforts, the CGHSF endeavours to raise approximately $500,000 annually. “The Markdale hospital serves a large catchment area including numerous communities surrounding Markdale” said Lamberti, “so donations come in from all over.”

Some of the CGHSF fundraising events and activities have included the Biennial Silent Auction, Spring Concerts, Christmas Light for Life and Summer mailing campaigns as well as third-party events hosted by generous businesses and groups on behalf of the Foundation.

A new third-party event to be held this year is a Sea & Ski Realty Golf Tournament on Friday, July 20. The entrance fee will be $125 per player which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, a full steak dinner and prizes. Golfers interested in participating can call Sea & Ski at 1-800-861-7289.

The Biennial Silent Auction will take place July 11-14 on the floor of the Markdale Golf and Curling Club. A very popular local event that in the past has boasted over 700 items on display.  The auction is accepting donations at the Foundation office at 55 Isla St. in Markdale from now until Monday, July 9th. Donation forms can also be found on their website.

Tax receipts are available where applicable. The Foundation is also looking for volunteers, if even for just a few hours, to help set up and manage the auction this year. Anyone interested in participating can call the Foundation at 519-986-3040 ext 6178.

In addition, a couple of CGHSF volunteer board seats will soon become available; one in June of this year and another two in 2019. The foundation committees are also always looking for people to volunteer. Anyone wishing to do so, can also contact the Foundation.

One of the biggest and most consistent supporters of the Foundation has been the Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary, which has contributed significantly over the years. Known locally for their management of The PennyWise Shoppe and Hospital Coffee Kiosk as well as many other events and activities, the Auxiliary has operated for the last 75 years. To honour their contributions, the CGHSF will be holding a naming recognition event on February 21. On that day, a plaque naming the Palliative Care room in honour of the group will be unveiled. “They really are rock stars,” said Lamberti.  “This is an opportunity for us to show much we appreciate their support.”

New Markdale Hospital Moves To Next Stage of Planning Process
January 18, 2018

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has reviewed Grey Bruce Health Services’ Stage 3.1 Submission for the new Markdale Hospital and has provided the corporation with approval to move into the next phase of planning.

“This past October, we submitted the first part of our Stage 3 planning to the Ministry,” said Lance Thurston, GBHS, President and CEO. “It’s a very positive sign that only three months later, we have an approval in-hand. This means the Province is onboard with our plans for the new hospital, and we are another step closer to getting a shovel in the ground.”

The Stage 3.2 Submission will expand on and add detail to the recently approved Stage 3.1 architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical and landscape drawings. This next submission includes details on the services for the site, including water and sanitary sewers and hydro, plus plans for the heating and ventilation, plumbing, sprinkler protection and medical gases.

The new hospital will be approximately 68,000 square feet and include four acute care beds, a palliative care room, a 24/7 emergency room with seven treatment areas, a procedures room, laboratory, diagnostic imaging services, physiotherapy and space for ambulatory care clinics.


The total project will cost approximately $63 million. The ministry has committed to funding 90 per cent of what it considers allowable construction costs and the remaining 10 per cent will come through the Centre Grey Hospital Foundation from the community.

Over the next few months the GBHS project team will be working to complete the requirements of Stage 3.2 and seeking Ministry approval to proceed to Stage 4. Stage 4 involves developing contracts, finalizing construction-ready plans, completing and issuing tender documentation, and ultimately, awarding construction contracts.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019, and will take approximately two and a half years to complete.

More information on the new Markdale Hospital project is available at

Media contact: Nicole Schmidt, Communications Coordinator, GBHS, 519-376-2121 ext. 2805,


Willard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor
January 19, 2018

Willard VanderPloegWillard promotes legacy giving to Centre Grey Hospital and assists donors in planning will bequests and other special gifts in support of Centre Grey Hospital and other GBHS hospitals in Meaford, Owen Sound, Southampton, Wiarton and Lions Head.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the charitable sector and in estate and gift planning. Willard has a BA in Business Administration from McMaster University and Redeemer College. He is a long time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

If you have been thinking about making a special gift to support your Hospital, Willard is available to help you.

Call him at 519.376.2121 ext. 2736 or email

Contact info: Willard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor
1800 8th Street East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 6M9
T: 519.376.2121 x2736 M: 519.270.9177



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GBHS Submits Designs for New Markdale Hospital

October 17, 2017

The next phase of plans for the new Markdale Hospital have now been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for approval. The plans, referred to as a Stage 3.1 Submission, were submitted last week, and include the architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical and landscape drawings for the new hospital.

“It is very exciting to see this project coming together. The architects met over the summer with staff, volunteers, and patients to get their input on the plans, understand how they use the space, and what works best for them,” said Lance Thurston, President and CEO, GBHS. “The team incorporated this feedback into the designs, and the proposed new hospital looks great. We are looking forward to sharing the designs with the community shortly.’

A series of images from the Submission will be on display in the Markdale Hospital by the end of this month. The Centre Grey Hospital Foundation is also planning to mount images of the proposed design in public spaces throughout the community.

The new hospital will be approximately 68,000 square feet over two floors and includes four beds, a palliative care room, 24/7 emergency room with seven treatment areas, a procedures room, laboratory, diagnostic imaging services, physio, and space for ambulatory care clinics. A wall of windows facing south will maximize natural light, and is designed to minimize heat gain in the summer months, and take advantage of solar gains in the winter. The building will have LED lighting throughout, with building materials selected to minimize vibration and noise.

The new hospital will have 100 parking spaces for cars, and three spaces for horses and buggies.

The Ministry will work with GBHS until at least the end of this year before approving the project to proceed to the next phase, Stage 3.2. Stage 4 involves developing contracts, finalizing construction-ready plans, completing and issuing tender documentation, and ultimately, awarding construction contracts. Construction is anticipated to begin sometime in 2019 and take two years to complete.

More information on the new Markdale Hospital project is available at Media contact: Nicole Schmidt, Communications Coordinator, GBHS, 519-376-2121 ext. 2805,

Light for Life
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Flato Developments Contributing $500,000 to Markdale Hospital

September 28th, 2017

“Donation Will Help Fund Equipment Purchases, Improve Healthcare Support for the Area"

Markdale, ON - Flato Developments Inc., which recently launched Phase Ill of Edgewood Greens in nearby Dundalk, has embarked on an ambitious new community building initiative, in the form of a $500,000 contribution to Markdale Hospital.

"My longstanding belief is we're in the business of not just building homes, but communities. And in order to do that, it’s important to support the area in a way that will improve the quality of living for everyone and not just the people who buy homes from us,” observes Flato president Shakir Rehmatullah. "I learned that a long time ago from my father, who was also a builder and it’s a philosophy we embrace wherever we build homes.”

Mayor Paul McQueen of the Municipality of Grey Highlands, which includes Markdale, says Flato's contribution “is really great news for our community. We have a private home uilder and developer that is not only investing in our area, but they're clearly committed to the health and well- being of our community."

The contribution will consist of $50k installments over the next 10 years. According to Darlene Lamberti, Coordinator for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, Flato's contribution will enable the hospital to continue to improve and update healthcare services for the community, and keep healthcare close to home.

"These funds will go towards much-needed equipment, including stationary and portable cardiac monitors to help diagnose and monitor heart issues, central monitors that will allow nursing staff to monitor heart health in several patients at once, and new defibrillators for the ER and patient rooms," said Lamberti.


Faye Harrison, board chair for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, says that "this generous contribution will help ensure that excellent, local healthcare will continue to be available for families here in our current hospital, and in our new hospital, for years to come. lt also serves as an important reminder that fundraising - particularly in smaller communities, is an ongoing process that’s needed to keep hospital services running smoothly."

Flato Developments Lobby

In honour of Flato’s $500,000 commitment, the lobby of Markdale Hospital will be named the Flato Developments Inc. Lobby with a plaque to be installed. "Shakir, Flato’s president really walks the talk when it comes to being supportive of the community and this is our way of recognizing that commitment," notes Harrison.

About Centre Grey Services Foundation and the Markdale Hospital

The Centre Grey Services Foundation is responsible for raising funds for Markdale Hospital, which serves the municipalities of Grey Highlands, Southgate, Chatsworth and West Grey. The hospital has 83 full and part time staff, and offers 24/7 emergency care, in-patient services, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and ambulatory care.


FLATO Developments Inc. focuses on community building and land development and offers a full range of home designs from town homes and semis, to luxury singles and high-rise condominium residences, as well as commercial development. FLATO is continuously growing and building across and around the GTA with current projects in Brampton, Richmond Hill, Markham, Woodbridge, Caledon and Dundalk.

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Media Contact: Mark Wessel, Bullpen PR, 705-445-2733,

GBHS Kicks off Community Art Show with Call to Artists

July 5th, 2017

Grey Bruce Health Services is hosting its first ever juried art show - Momentos - to help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. We are calling on all artists to submit their work along with a 150-word story that reflects a personal ‘Canadian moment.’

Following a juried selection process, artwork will be hung throughout the six GBHS hospitals for one year, for all to enjoy. In addition, a commemorative booklet will be created as a momento, a keepsake of this celebration, and to serve as a reminder of the healing power of art.

“We are looking to the artists of Grey Bruce to submit unique and diverse artwork to brighten the hallways of our hospitals, encourage patient recovery and represent the true diversity of our communities,” said Lance Thurston, GBHS President and CEO. “It is our hope to receive submissions from all age groups, our indigenous community members, patients, volunteers, visitors and local residents.”

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May 2017

"An Evening With Elvis"
Raises profit of close to $8,000

The very talented and locally born and raised Peter Irwin and his band “The Memphis Rebels” rocked the house at the Centre Grey Health Services Foundations’ annual Spring Concert on May 13th. The concert was a great success, netting a profit of almost $8,000. Centre Grey Health Services Foundation wishes to thank their supporters; Scotiabank Markdale, Sparlings Propane, Ice River Springs, The Flesherton Bakery, Markdale Foodland and the Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds from the event will go to the ongoing needs of the Markdale hospital; keeping quality health care close to home. The Foundation also wishes to take this opportunity to thank its generous community for their support.

April 18, 2017

Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary Contribution Recognized

The Grey Bruce Health Services launched a fundraising campaign in 2014 to improve cancer care for patients visiting the Owen Sound Regional Health Centre. Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary, Markdale, pledged a donation of $50,000 over a five year period from its fundraising efforts.

Upon completion the Auxiliary was given the opportunity to place a wall donor plaque for a room of their choice.

Barry Tolton, Treasurer and Beth Kennedy, President of the Auxiliary are pictured at the Family Consultation Room as they view the plaque recognizing the Auxiliary’s generosity.

Nov. 15, 2016
GBHS Receives Approval to Plan Next Steps For Centre Grey Hospital

Grey Bruce Health Services today received approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on its Stage 2 Submission to rebuild the Centre Grey Hospital in Markdale.

“This is very good news for our Centre Grey communities and takes us one step closer to building a brand new hospital. Our next submission to the Ministry consists of the overall design for the new facility, and includes detailed engineering and architectural drawings. That Stage 3 document is well underway” said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of GBHS.

The new hospital will be approximately 68,000 square feet and includes four acute care beds, a palliative care room, 24/7 emergency room with five treatment areas, a procedures room, laboratory, diagnostic imaging services, physio, and space for ambulatory care clinics. Stage 4 involves the working drawings and final cost estimates, and once approved, the project goes to tender for construction.

“I know our communities and our donors have waited a long time for a new hospital, and we will continue working hard with the Ministry of Health and our LHIN to get the next Submission approved as soon as possible,” said Thurston.

Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018 and will take two years to complete. Updates will be posted on the GBHS website at

Media Contact:
Nicole Schmidt, Communications Coordinator, Grey Bruce Health Services, 519-376-2121, Ext. 2805,

Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary

Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary members have been busy participating in fundraising activities to assist Grey Bruce Health Services-Markdale site to provide the best patient care possible. Their efforts during 2016 have enabled them to donate $20,000 to the Centre Grey General Hospital Foundation to be used for capital items at the current hospital facility. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Hospital Foundation from Beth Kennedy, Auxiliary President and Barry Tolton, Auxiliary Treasurer are Jo McRoberts, manager of Centre Grey Hospital, Dr. Fred Kaethler and Mora Foster, Foundation Secretary/Director and Foundation representative to the Auxiliary. As well, the Auxiliary purchased twelve new chairs for the hospital's waiting room, an AccuVein (vein viewer) for the emergency area and a new television for the palliative care room.

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Caring Nurse Award
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2016 Silent Auction Results

Aug 17, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of many people, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation’s Silent Auction was a great success with over $17,500 being raised through the event.  More than 777 items were donated, 250 people came out to bid on the auction items, and over 70 volunteers graciously helped out during the event.

The funds raised through the Silent Auction will help with the purchase of Patient Monitoring Equipment for the hospital in Markdale, which will include:

  • Cardiac Monitors


  • Accuvein Viewer

has an ultra violet light to assess veins rather than rather than taking several pokes to find one

  • Tonometer:

an instrument used to assess eye pressure for glaucoma

  • Bi Pap Machine: 

assists with breathing  rather than introducing a tube into an airway

  • Bladder Scanner:

used for assessing patients, rather than introducing a catheter into a bladder

These are all excellent additions and improvements for the patients using the Markdale Hospital.

A wonderful group of volunteers hard at work at the Foundation's Silent Auction on closing day