Guelph General Hospital celebrates $180,000 donation from Alectra

World Health Day, founded by the World Health Organization (WHO), is celebrated annually to spread awareness on a specific health topic of concern. Guelph’s local electrical utility company, Alectra, wanted to celebrate this year’s theme “our planet, our health” by contributing $ 180,000 to help Guelph General Hospital purchase a new medical equipment sterilizations system designed to reduce medical waste generated from operating room surgeries.

 “Our focus on environmental and social responsibility is critical to our company’s success, and we’re very pleased to support Guelph General Hospital to help with its environmental goals, and to benefit our planet,” said Brian Bentz, President and CEO, Alectra Inc. “We look forward to discovering new possibilities in the communities we serve so we can support local waste-reduction programs like this Guelph General Hospital initiative.”

The new sterilization container system will help Guelph General Hospital save money by eliminating single-use disposable wraps traditionally used to protect the sanitization of surgical instruments, thereby significantly reducing medical waste. Additionally, these containers are ergonomically designed which makes handling the equipment easier for hospital staff.

“We are so thankful for this wonderful donation from Alectra as part of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s $34 million Together, We Care campaign,” said Suzanne Bone, the Foundation’s CEO. “It’s so important, as every piece of patient care equipment we purchase is funded by donations from the community. Alectra’s gift will help us keep staff and patients safe while supporting our focus on environmental sustainability. We’re most grateful for the #AlectraCARES Community Support Program.”