Georgian Bay General Hospital receives single largest gift in North Simcoe from seasonal resident

$5 million gift will be used to fund a number of projects

Marco Mancini has been showing the love to Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) for years. Today, he gave the Midland facility his biggest hug yet, with a $5 million donation. The GBGH Foundation says this gift will provide critical care funding for some of the highest priority projects for the hospital in the coming year.

“I would like to thank Marco for this incredible investment in our vision of exceptional care, for every person, for every time,” said Gail Hunt, president and CEO of GBGH. “The Marco Mancini Family Foundation is lifting up our whole community with this extraordinary donation, providing our residents, patients and staff with hope and excitement for the future at GBGH.”

Mancini has been a seasonal resident in Tiny Township for more than 20 years and has supported GBGH as the principal benefactor for local golf tournaments, contributing close to $1 million for critical equipment and enhancements to the surgical services at the hospital.

“Our hospital is the heart of this community, and we all have a role to play in its future,” shared Mancini. “GBGH has cared for my family many times over the years, and I want to make sure they will be there for years to come. It was deeply important for me that amidst a global pandemic the ongoing needs outside of a COVID-19 response were still a top priority.”

The investment will be spread out over several years, starting with the renovation of inpatient rooms; building a new cafe in the hospital’s main lobby; and helping with the electronic medical record project.

“The electronic medical record project is a partnership project with three other hospitals,” said Nicole Kraftscik, GBGH Foundation executive director. “One of those being RVH, and then Collingwood and Headwaters in Orangeville.”

Kraftscik said money will be used to completely refresh 45 beds and renovate rooms in the hospital that haven’t been touched since 1976.

The community has supported this plan, and Kraftscik adds what Marco has done with this gift has added beds, furniture and stretchers, which weren’t initially part of the project.