The Commonwell donates $15K to Almonte General Hospital

Local Insurer Gives Back with C.A.R.E Program


Back, L-R:
The Commonwell: Miki Paczek, Brand and Communications Manager, Tim Shauf, President and CEO, David Blodgett, Chief Strategy Officer, Allan Lowry, Director, Dwight Proudfoot, Director.

Front, L-R:
Almonte Hospital Foundation: Carolyn Piche, Development Co-ordinator The Commonwell: Theresa Messier, C.A.R.E. member and Jennifer Baziuk, VP of IT.

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a home and auto insurance company focused on clients throughout Ontario, has announced a second major community donation, this time $15,000 to Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation. Funded through The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program, the donation will assist with the payment of the two new ultrasound machines onsite at the Hospital since early in 2017. This brings Commonwell’s total donation towards the new ultrasound machines to $40,000.

“This second gift from Commonwell brings us that much closer to having completely paid off the new ultrasound machines which cost $640,000,” said Hospital President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider. “The Hospital had to go ahead and purchase these in 2017 because our existing machine was 10 years old and, with only one machine, our wait times were too long. For the past year, our patients have been benefiting from two new digital machines, and our wait times are down from two months to two weeks. Our patients have companies like Commonwell to thank for that.”

Almonte General Hospital (AGH) is a 52-bed emergency and acute care hospital serving the Mississippi Mills region as well as Arnprior, Carleton Place, Carp, West Ottawa, Perth and surrounding townships. This Commonwell C.A.R.E donation is directed toward the AGH FVM Foundation’s ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ campaign with a goal of raising $4 million to purchase two new ultrasound machines, a new digital X-ray suite, a digital portable X-ray machine, and to acquire CT scan, which the Hospital does not currently have. The total raised to date is approximately $1.7 million.

“Our Commonwell staff and brokers live in the communities that they serve, so giving back locally has always been very important to us all,” said Tim Shauf, President and CEO of the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. “We’re truly honoured to work with Almonte General Hospital and support them in continuing to provide exceptional medical care to the area.”

The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program helps to fund vital charitable organizations in the Eastern Ontario communities that The Commonwell serves. Last year, the Commonwell donated over $575K to a variety of local organizations including hospitals, food banks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, youth services, Habitat for Humanity and palliative care.

About The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group:
Established January 1st 2014, The Commonwell is a merger of three longstanding mutual insurance companies that has been built on more than a century of hands-on commitment to the local communities it serves. Since its founding three years ago, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group operates on the same historical premise of its three legacy companies – maintaining a focus on local presence and service that builds strong long-term relationships for the benefit of the greater community.