The Foundation

“Top performing hospital in Ontario for overall care in the Emergency Department”

“90th percentile ranking (top 10%) in acute inpatient care”Source: National Research Corporation Canada

Our Mission: A healthy, active community

Established in 1992, the Foundation is a varied group of people committed to the health and wellbeing of our community. Together, we raise and provide funds for a variety of equipment, infrastructure and upgrades that support St. Marys Memorial Hospital and the Wellness Centre.

The health and wellbeing of our community is the Foundation’s first priority.

Our Accomplishments

  • Our biggest to date was construction of our Wellness Centre completed in 2003 – described as a “model of Primary Health Care” – combining state-of-the-art medical facilities and a YMCA Fitness centre. It is a draw to recruit and retain healthcare professionals for our town.
  • The Foundation also pledged support for the Pyramid Recreation Centre to encourage healthy activity for people of all ages.
  • The Foundation has raised $1.9 million of a $5 million goal for technology, infrastructure and equipment to update our hospital and revitalize our Wellness Centre in order to meet the growing needs of our patient area and growing range of services.

Our Board

John McIntosh was elected to the foundation board in 2005.  He is a partner in Moy Hall Dairy Farms Ltd with his wife Mary and his son Robb. John has been active in the Farm Mutual Insurance industry as well as several past International Plowing Match,s. He also serves on the Camp Bimini board of directors , the Global Reinsurance board and board of trustees at Thamesview United Church.

John and Mary celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in 2014 and have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren.  John really enjoys the Foundation work and sees it as his way of contributing to the health and wellbeing of St.Marys and the surrounding communities.

Pat Craigmile Pat has over 35 years experience with the City of Mississauga in recreation and sports. She has a strong background in strategic planning, project management,human resources, negotiation skills, event planning and customer service. Throughout her career she worked with over 200 community based recreation and sports related groups. Pat grew up in St. Marys and returned 3 years ago to be closer to family and friends. She has a passion towards giving back to the community and being part of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation has become an integral part of allowing this to happen.

Ken McCutcheon became a member of the Foundation board in 2012. He founded and operates McCutcheon Farm Drainage installing agricultural drainage systems in the Thorndale, St. Marys and surrounding rural areas. Ken and his wife, Mary, live near Uniondale, have three adult children and three grandchildren. Having used the hospital facilities himself and for family over many years, Ken appreciates and knows the benefits that the services of the local hospital offer. There is a need to keep the hospital and its entities viable.   Ken believes good health care is the #1 factor of a strong community.
Carolyn Wood was elected to the foundation board in 2014. She is an independent Mortgage Agent and Financial Advisor in St Marys (sorry that’s a bit bland, just in the process of working out a registered trade name for my business with the regulators). In addition to serving the Hospital Foundation Board, Carolyn is a volunteer with the Holy Name of Mary School and parish, Nutrition for Learning, the London Dressage Association and the Ontario Morgan Horse Club. Carolyn is a competitive equestrian and looks forward to participating in the 2015 World Championships in October. Carolyn, her husband Blake and son Jordan moved to St. Marys in 2012. As she notes, “the Hospital was the first landmark that we visited” as she fractured vertebrae and her ankle in a riding accident just 15 days after arriving in St Marys. Carolyn’s career focuses on the financial health of those she works with—her work with the Foundation contributes to ensuring that the physical and mental health needs of her community are met.
Rob and Cathy are Honourary Members of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation Fundraising Committee.

Rob and Cathy Taylor have lived their entire life in the St Marys area. They have three married adult children all of whom live in St Marys, along with eight grandchildren. Rob worked his entire career with McLean Taylor Construction Ltd. while Cathy was a full-time Homemaker. For over twenty five years, they were very active in local Kinsmen and Kinettes. Both have also been involved with the St Marys United Church for over 45 years. Presently Cathy volunteers at the St Marys Memorial Hospital, Little Falls Public School and the St Marys Public Library. Rob was the Fundraising Chairman when the original Community Area Complex was built 38 years ago, and then filled the same role 10 years ago when the new Pyramid Recreation Complex was constructed.

Local and area healthcare are very important to both of them. Rob and Cathy are committed to supporting the future development of our medical infrastructure, similar to what has taken place over the past 60 years.

Dr.Bob Davis is the representative of the medical staff on the foundation board, replacing the retiring Dr. Fred Jewson in 2012. He joined the St. Marys Medical Clinic in 1985 which then evolved into the Happy Valley Family Health Team.  Bob and his wife Mary Lou have two sons, Michael and Andrew.  Bob carries on a family tradition of providing health care to the community of St. Marys. His father Bill practiced in St. Marys for 34 years before him.  The quality of healthcare and its availability to the people in this community is the foremost reason for Bob’s participation on the Foundation Board.
Terry Fadelle is closely associated with St. Marys Memorial Hospital as its former Chief Executive Officer. He is another founding member of the Foundation and contributes a wealth of experience in health administration and volunteerism. Terry is a Certified Health Executive and a former member of the Ethics Committee of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL); a member of the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the CCHL; former Secretary-Treasurer and Board member of the Canadian Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Past-President of the Grand Bend and Area Men’s Probus Club and a member of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. After thirty years in St. Marys where they raised three children, Terry and his wife, Cathy, “retired” in Grand Bend.
Andrea Macko-Hodges was elected to the foundation board in 2012. She co-owns the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home and is a columnist for the St. Marys Journal Argus. In addition to serving on the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Andrea volunteers at Holy Name of Mary Parish and is a founding member of the St. Marys Social Tennis Club. She and her husband Andrew moved to St. Marys in 2003, and celebrated the birth of daughter Charlotte in 2010. Supporting healthcare and our hospital’s future in St. Marys is important to Andrea because a strong healthcare system, both preventative and at-need, is vital for everyone at all stages of life, as well as for our community.
Jo-Anne Lounds was elected to the foundation board November 2013 and has worked for the Town of St. Marys  Finance Department for over 10 years. Jo-Anne canvasses for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke door to door appeals and co-ordinates Town employees with the Salvation Army volunteer activities.  Jo-Anne enjoyed her tenure on the St. Marys Horticultural Society Board  and work at her church.

Jo-Anne and her husband Alan live in St. Mary and have 3 adult children, 2 married sons living in St. Marys and a daughter living in Strathroy.   Jo-Anne believes the Hospital is vital to our community and wants to be part of making a difference to the quality of life in St. Marys.

Mike Richardson joined the board in 2012 and feels a close connection to it and the services provided. Early in his life he was treated many times for Asthma related issues and was happy to have professional care quickly. Now as a type 1 diabetic and with a young family of his own, he continues to understand the importance of local professional health care and all the services provided. Mike brings with him his business operations knowledge, technical skills and passion for his family, friends and community. Mike lives in St Marys with his wife Carol Venn and their 2 children Megan and Luke.
Marie Ormerod joined the Human Resources field after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and receiving her Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College. At the top of her class, Marie was accepted into the Students-in-Personnel Program offered by the Ministry of Labour and chose as her placement a Healthcare Assignment at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.   In 1993 Marie was offered an HR Assistant role with Stratford General Hospital and since then has been fortunate enough to stay with the Organization in progressively responsible positions through multiple organizational transformations. In her various roles Marie has fulfilled an HR Generalist function with a special emphasis on Labour Relations and Collective Agreement Administration and her experience helped her achieve the status of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

In her role as Regional Coordinator for the Huron Perth Hospitals Partnership, Marie administered, interpreted and negotiated collective agreements for the Partnership’s 22 Bargaining Units and acted as an HR consultant to over 50 Managers. Today, Marie’s title is the Vice President of People and Workplace Health, leading the Human Resources, Training and Development, Occupational Health, Safety, Infection Control, Housekeeping, Communications, Physician Relations and Volunteer Services Departments. Marie acts at the Vice-President Contact for the St. Marys Site. Marie participates as an active member of the Senior Management Team for the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, assumes a hands-on role in collective bargaining and contract interpretation for the Alliance, and is responsible for the Alliance’s Human Resources strategic plan. Marie initiated and led one of the first CUPE Pay Equity/Internal exercises within the Healthcare industry at SGH and expanded this program to envelope all Alliance Hospitals in 2003. Leading the Joint Job Evaluation Team to evaluate close to 70 positions across four bargaining units and maintaining the integrity of the system has been a daunting but worthwhile task that continues to this date. With memberships in the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario (HRPAO), the London Chapter of the HRPAO and the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CCHSE) and participation on various OHA committees such as various Task Forces for Central Bargaining, the 2006 OPSEU negotiating team (participating member) and the 2009 OPSEU Negotiating Team (Chair), Marie has thoroughly enjoyed not only the diversity offered by the Human Resources field but the challenges associated with the Healthcare Industry.

Committed to life-long learning Marie has advanced her education in the areas of Disability Management, Alternative Disputes Resolution, Process Optimization and Employee Engagement. Marie is currently leading transformation initiatives in the Alliance for many of the above areas of focus.

Andrew is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), a voluntary alliance of the hospitals in Clinton, St. Marys, Seaforth and Stratford, a position he has held since the organization’s formation in 2003.

Throughout his 25+ year career in healthcare leadership, Andrew has had the opportunity to work in and with numerous healthcare organizations locally, and across Canada. His experience spans small, community, teaching and research hospitals, the community sector, regional systems, and private clinics. He is a passionate advocate for patient and family centred care, and believes our healthcare system should be less about its structures and providers and more about ensuring the individual needs of the patients are met in the safest and most appropriate manner.

Andrew holds and Honours Degree in Biology and Masters in Health Services Administration, both from Dalhousie University. He is an active Member of the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

He is married to Danielle, has two sons, Greg (19) and Peter (15), and lives in Perth South (Avonbank).

Laurie McCutcheon is a registered nurse working at the St.Marys Memorial Emergency Department since 2010.

Laurie is a lifelong resident of St.Marys. She is a former recipient of the St.Marys Hospital Auxillary scholarship.

Laurie and her husband Kyle have three children Finlay, Mary & Suzie.

“I am passionate about my family, my friends, and my community. Ensuring they are healthy and continue to have access to great healthcare is a major priority for me. Laurie believes that good healthcare is the number one factor in a strong community.