When Anton (Tony) Kohut passed away earlier this year, he left a legacy that will live on for decades with the Souris Health District Foundation. He gave the gift that just keeps on giving, a donation of $500,000.00!
When the Souris Health District Foundation met in it regular board meeting Tuesday, October 23, the three-man board decided that a press to remind people about the importance of the Health Foundation to the community.
This foundation was formed around 1996 when it was decided that health regions were growing, and amalgamation was imminent. Souris Health District Hospital board met and formed the Souris Health District Foundation Inc. The foundation was created to provide locally controlled enhancements to the health care facilities and services that the former Souris Health district looked after. Current Members on the board are Blair Woods, Darryl Jackson, and David Kohut, who meet regularly to review business arising and make decisions for each community health care facility.
“Essentially it was created to fill the role of the former Hospital Board just before amalgamation,” explained Jackson who is also Souris’ mayor. “This new entity would make sue that local money was kept local.”
With this donation, the Souris Health District Foundation has investments of about $1.5 million. The interest earned from the money donated in the ever-growing foundation is given out yearly to these facilities for upgrades in equipment and items needed at both the Hartney Health Centre and the Souris Health Centre.
“This donation from Tony Kohut’s estate is an amazing gift an d we are very grateful for it. We are mandated to give out at least 3.5% each year and if the interest rates go up there could be more money available,” explained Jackson. “We do consider all applications very seriously.”
Administration managers at the facilities such as Karen Thomas in Souris and Noreen Greig for Hartney present their applications to the board of the Health Foundation and from there the grants are awarded. The interest earned in 2018 will be distributed in early 2019.
Souris Health Centre has a recognition wall located in the lobby of the hospital, which displays names of people who have donated to the foundation. Families often ask people to consider donating to the Souris Health District Foundation Inc. in memory of their loved one who they lost, and some families are directing a percentage of their personal wealth when making out their wills. This type of support is really a gift that keeps on giving back to the community that they loved. You can ask that your donation be used directly in Hartney or Souris or you can leave that decision up to the board the overlooks this foundation.
In 2017 the grant money was disbursed to each area as follows: Souris Health Care Facility: $24739: summer student wages $4300; Wi-Fi Connection $7000; chart rack $3739; Roller blinds $3800; Blood Pressure machine $4100; Television $1800. Victoria Park Lodge received $5000 towards a special tub. Hartney Health Centre: $10,045: summer student $3000; portable Otoscope $600; video surveillance Equipment $3000; examination light $500; scale lift $2945.
The time of year is here when our board accepts the grant applications for the next year. If there is something you feel your health care facility needs, please bring your idea forward to any board member.