Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation recognizes 25 years of donations from Kawartha Credit Union

Peterborough-based financial institution is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022

Michelle Finley, a district manager with Kawartha Credit Union, and Erin Coons, CEO of the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation, in front of the Lindsay hospital. (Photo courtesy of RMH Foundation)
Michelle Finley, a district manager with Kawartha Credit Union, and Erin Coons, CEO of the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation, in front of the Lindsay hospital. (Photo courtesy of RMH Foundation)

With Kawartha Credit Union celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022, the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation recently recognized the financial institution’s donations to the Lindsay hospital over the past 25 years.

Kawartha Credit Union (originally Cangeco Credit Union) was started in 1952 by employees of the maintenance and repair department of Canadian General Electric (CGE) in Peterborough. They rented a small office in the CGE plant and focused on providing loans to GE employees and their families. Since then, Kawartha Credit Union has grown to 23 branches across Ontario with over $1.5 billion in assets.

Since 1997, Kawartha Credit Union’s Community Involvement Program donations have helped Ross Memorial Hospital acquire equipment and technology that the government doesn’t fund, including dialysis, echocardiogram, mammography, and CT and x-ray/fluoroscopy.

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Kawartha Credit Union’s most recent $4,500 donation will help fund a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to replace the existing one at the hospital, which is 11 years old and must soon be decommissioned.

“Kawartha Credit Union continues to be a strong community partner with its ongoing support for priority needs at the Ross,” says Erin Coons, RMH Foundation CEO, in a media release. “The cost of the new MRI — $2.5 million — is not covered by government funding. With this generous gift from Kawartha, we are one step closer to meeting this critical need.”

MRI helps physicians confidently diagnose disease and injury in the brain, spine, joints, breasts, and organs. It helps detect herniated or bulging disks, arthritic changes, tumours, and other lesions. More than 500 patient exams are scanned at Ross Memorial Hospital every month.

The six employees of Canadian General Electric employees in Peterborough who founded Kawartha Credit Union in 1952 as Cangeco Credit Union. (Photo: Kawartha Credit Union)
The six employees of Canadian General Electric employees in Peterborough who founded Kawartha Credit Union in 1952 as Cangeco Credit Union. (Photo: Kawartha Credit Union)

With this donation, Kawartha Credit Union’s cumulative giving to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation is $90,564.

For more information about the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation and to donate, visit www.rmh.org/foundation.

For more information about Kawartha Credit Union and to become a member, visit www.kawarthacu.com.