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Since 1947, we have been proud to honour a tradition of caring through excellence and compassion in healthcare for our community. A stay in a hospital, even one of short duration, can be stressful. A reassuring word and compassionate care from a nurse, doctor, staff member or volunteer can make all the difference.

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Grateful patients please tell us about your care! Please share your experience at Saugeen Memorial Hospital.

Here are a few patient stories below, we wanted to share with you.

The day I found out I had breast cancer

The day my youngest son started school is a day I’ll never forget. I was so excited about beginning the next stage of my life, and all of the possibilities that come with a few hours of me-time. Instead, it was the day I found out I had breast cancer. Those first few days were a blur. I was a healthy, 37 year old woman with no family history, how could this be happening? Then I found out that one in nine women will receive the same diagnosis. I was officially engaged in a fight I never imagined I would be involved in, and I was determined to win.

“A mammogram was the first step in taking charge of my health and getting my life back.”

Looking back, I was extremely nervous about that mammogram eight months ago. Now I realize that it was the first step in taking charge of my health and getting my life back. I’ve now had chemotherapy, surgery and radiation and I’m proud to say, “I’m cancer free!”.

I share my story with you in hopes that more lives will be saved through the digital mammography equipment located at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. It was its improved imaging that literally focused my fight and recovery.

I support SMHF’s local goal in raising funds for that essential equipment to help people like me right here in Saugeen Shores. My story may have ended differently without that detection.

Kerri Shrider Gallop,
Cancer Survivor

Taking care of us - past, present & future
A lasting gesture to maintaining the health of those he felt responsible for

Dr. Thomas Earl feels blessed to live in this community. His strong personal values and a passion for giving have inspired him to take an active role in supporting local healthcare causes including the Dr. Earl Health Centre and Saugeen Memorial Hospital. In recent years, Dr. Earl took his charitable giving a step further when he implemented planned annual giving to the the Hospital.Dr. Earl served as physician to this community for 40 years. Along with a private practice, he also worked at Saugeen Memorial Hospital every day. He is proud to have worked with an exceptional team that are all proudly dedicated to patient care.With a belief that our community needs a strong, caring and accessible health care system, Dr. Earl was a passionate proponent for a medical centre in Port Elgin. The community responded to his commitment by naming the clinic, the Dr. Earl Health Centre.In conversations with Dad over the years, John Earl reflects on his father’s commitment to the health and well being of his community. “Dad desires to continue this giving – well beyond his time as a local physician – as a more lasting gesture to maintaining the health of those he felt responsible for.


Always grateful for our hospital

Years ago, George and Dorothy Cameron lived back in the bush when George was working on a hydro project. At the work camp, Dorothy and another nurse were the only available first aid support. If someone was injured at such a remote location, getting to a hospital involved a lot of time and risk. George and Dorothy know how meaningful it is to have healthcare close to home. Having lived in Port Elgin for the past 40 years, they have enjoyed real peace of mind knowing that skilled medical teams were available so nearby in Southampton. Two winters ago, George took a bad fall on some ice. The cuts to his head and face were serious enough that he needed Emergency care. Fortunately, that care was only a short drive away at the Southampton Hospital. As soon as they arrived at the ER, George received the care he needed. “They were so calm and kind, “ Dorothy recalls. “Everything was done exactly as you would wish.” George was immediately taken into a treatment room, made comfortable and an IV was started. He was promptly seen by the ER physician and his injuries tended to. More than that, the medical team was very attentive about how and why the fall had happened, to confirm that no medical events caused the accident. Dorothy was tremendously impressed by the kind, calm and efficient care George received. Beyond that ER experience, George and Dorothy have seen that same quality of care shine through in event the most ordinary of appointments. These days, being at an age where more tests, medications and follow-ups are necessary, George and Dorothy go the Southampton Hospital more often. On every visit, they are impressed by how the medical teams use initiative wonderfully well.

“Comfortable, compassionate care are the outstanding qualities of our Southampton Hospital’s medical teams.”

This is what inspires George and Dorothy to support our hospital through a generous annual gift for many years. They receive care at and give to both our Southampton and Owen Sound healthcare facilities. The Camerons feel fortunate to have both hospitals and cooperation to be able to move through the system efficiently. “Great healthcare is a blessing and our community should be aware how very fortunate we are.” George and Dorothy’s generosity spreads both the awareness and the blessing

Southampton hospital saved my life!

Late one evening, in October 1990, chest pains overtook me and I was taken to the ER at Southampton hospital. Paddles were used on me as I was in cardiac arrest. Once stabilized, a doctor and nurse accompanied me in the ambulance ride to Owen Sound for additional care and monitoring. I am forever grateful to the medical teams who saved my life that night.

Since that first frightening evening, I have had 2 incidents that have brought me to this ER. In June 2004, paddles were again necessary as my heart was beating at an excessive rate. Medications did not slow my heart rate down. Thanks to the ER doctor that night, who used Cardiac Electric Paddle Intervention, I awoke to a regular heart rate.

In August 2004, I was sent to London for an ICD (Implanted Cardioversion Defibrillator) – a fancy type of pacemaker.

In February 2007, again I was admitted to the Southampton ER in the late evening with chest pains. My heart rate was rapid and no pulse was detected. Medications were given intravenously to normalize my heart rate.Peace of mind is given to patients and their families in knowing that everyone will receive the best care, close to home at Southampton hospital.

“Without the proximity to my home and the excellent medical professionals of Southampton Hospital, I would not be alive today.”

– Anonymous

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“The radiologist saw right away, there were lesions on my liver…  it was a shock, I really hadn’t any thought of any thing like that, there was no cancer in our family”