When PCL’s general superintendent, Dean Xuereb, talked to his mother about the new Niagara Health System (NHS) Healthcare Complex that he was building, he would often talk about the state-of-the-art construction details. It was his mother, Patricia, just before she passed away, who reminded Xuereb and the rest of the PCL project team, that it wasn’t the building that mattered most; it was what would happen inside those walls.
Donation presentation from PCL to the Niagara
Health System Foundation.
“A million square feet of care,” she said.
Compassion into Action
And so, Xuereb and his team quietly went about raising funds to help support the purchase of the state-of-the-art equipment needed to provide excellent health care in the hospital they were building.
They did it by holding events such as golf tournaments and card nights and raised $750,000 over the last three years. In support of the fundraising work of its employees, PCL added a $250,000 donation, making the total contribution to NHS $1 million.
“It is heartwarming to think that along with hectic work schedules and busy personal lives, PCL employees have shown their very generous spirit by organizing and attending various fundraising events over the course of construction – contributing a gift that represents $1 for every square foot of care!” said NHS interim president and CEO Sue Matthews.
Opening the Doors
The NHS It’s Our Time fundraising campaign has reached completion, surpassing its $40 million goal by $800,000, ten months ahead of the hospital opening. Construction of the new hospital and cancer centre is on budget and on schedule to be completed at the end of November of 2012. There will be a period of extensive staff training and orientation to prepare for the grand opening in the spring of 2013.