Tim Shauf to lead massive fundraising campaign for Ross Memorial

By Lindsay Advocate

Tim Shauf will look to help RMH build a new digital system to better keep track of patient records.

Tim Shauf’s hometown in southern Alberta had no hospital. The nearest hospital was three towns away. That’s why he looks upon the Ross Memorial as a rock of security and community.

As a longtime resident of Kawartha Lakes and CEO of The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, Tim values the critical role of the Ross Memorial in the community. That’s why he is honoured to be the campaign chair in what will be the largest capital campaign in the hospital’s history, according to a media release.

The Ross Memorial is preparing to put in place the building blocks of a new system, one that incorporates patients’ health information records and digitally connects them to their medical technology and tools, so that every test and every treatment is noted in real time and available to patients and their healthcare team. The upcoming capital campaign will also address the need to replace multiple pieces of diagnostic and bedside equipment—all of which will connect to a new clinical information system.

“I’m excited at the momentum building in this campaign, the idea of moving our hospital ahead,” said Tim. “We’re in the digital age; keeping up and moving ahead is important. Not overnight, but carefully, incorporating the newest medical science and technology breakthroughs to local patient care.”

Tim’s decade of involvement with the RMH Foundation Board of Directors, from 2007-2018, gave him a deeper understanding of the gaps between government funding of hospitals and ongoing equipment needs, and the vital role of community support through donations to the RMH Foundation.  

“With Canada’s universal healthcare system, there’s a sense that everything is handed to hospitals on a silver platter. My time on the Foundation’s Finance Committee helped me to understand that donations help fund every type of hospital need, from the smallest utensil to the most complex diagnostic tool. The impact of giving on patients’ care cannot be overstated.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tim back to the Foundation Board as we prepare for a capital campaign that will transform the way care is delivered in our community,” said Erin Coons, RMH Foundation CEO. “His passion for a healthy community and his experience as a local business leader will help ignite interest for this incredible moment in our hospital’s history.”

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