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IPM donates to local foundations


From the $500,000 the IPM presented:

- Chesley and District Health Services Foundation $40,000 to purchase four ceiling lifts which can be installed in private and semi-private rooms at the hospital, costing about $30,000. The balance of $10,000 will be targeted towards a blood and fluid warmer to warm IV fluid and blood for hypothermia or water accident victims as well as other hospital projects.

- Walkerton and District Health Services Foundation $75,000 to assist them in reaching their goal to purchase a Digital Mammography Machine and the Computer Aided Diagnosis Program. This new mammography machine will decrease the amount of radiation exposed during the time of imaging, increase the comfort level of patients while also allowing for medical staff to remain close to the patient during the exam. By creating improved digital images, it is expected reporting time will be more efficient while also being able to send the images to other health care facilities and their specialists.

- Hanover and District Hospital Foundation $35,000 allowing them to achieve and complete their fundraising goal in order to purchase a new Ultra Sound machine with digital and echocardiogram capabilities. Upgrading from videocassette technology, the new machine will be helpful in a range of situations.

The 2008 IPM was held last September north of Teeswater when more than 94,000 people attended the five-day event. Bruce County IPM organizers credit hosting a successful plowing match with the positive response received from local businesses, volunteers and community organizations.

Hospital officials were pleasantly surprised and very appreciative when learning the amount of support the Hospital Foundation would be receiving at Sunday's event. A total of $822,000 was realized as profit with many community organizations and charities receiving the balance of funds in appreciation for time or services offered at the IPM.


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CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon

The 18th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon was held Saturday October 19, 2019, airing live on CKNX am 920.  Last year's project, 4 new hospital beds for the Chesley Hospital, have been making patients more comfortable, safer and healthier for awhile now.  This year's project is a Hematology POCT Analyzer, $30,567.  The support received through the Radiothon and BBQ at the Chesley Grocery Store means the medical staff gets blood test results in a minute instead of twenty minutes after being taxied to Walkerton.

Any additional donations for future projects always are welcome.  The Chesley Foundation and Hospital thank CKNX and all who donated.  The patients, staff, volunteers and Foundation are extremely grateful for the strong community support.

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COVID-19:  During this health crisis, the Foundation is working off-site; however, donations can be made to P.O. Box 40, Chesley, via or at hospital registration. In response to the increased COVID-19 cases in Bruce-Grey, the next Board meeting will be a zoom meeting, Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

The on-going support for the Chesley Hospital is greatly appreciated. With their donation one supporter said, "Thanks for always treating my dad so well. I hope this helps" The Foundation wishes to extend this Thank You to all medical and support staff - take care of yourselves!

Thanks to the generosity of the Chesley community, we continue to fund a Physician Recruiter, Chenelle Monk, who is doing a great job. Even with COVID-19 physician recruitment and retention has been strengthened with a digital marketing footprint and by keeping in touch with current contacts. We also have secured ongoing locum coverage for physicians to easily check out our community. This year we have four new locum doctors in our clinic and several physicians added to our ER locum group. This winter's projects include a promotional video, 2021 rural medicine retreat, and, along with the Foundation, a green space at the hospital. This amazing community makes it enjoyable to share Chesley in the search for great candidates! For any questions, information or general inquiries Chenelle: 519-377-2441 or

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