If everything comes together as hoped an expansion to the Boundary Trails Health Centre could get underway late next year.
    
Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation (BTHCF) Chair Debra Ens says it could be 2017 before they see movement, as far a total commitment from the RHA and government.  She notes however, the expansion committee is now in the final stages of selecting a project manager for the endeavour.
    
Ens adds the foundation hopes to move forward with an aggressive fundraising campaign in the near future as well, and once the time comes, she's confident their efforts will be supported.  "I do see that we will definitely go and look for a larger corporate sponsor to take the main lead on this, and the community falls behind us no matter what.  They understand that this is needed, and that as fast as we can do this, the better for our community and for everyone around."

Ens notes it's great to have such an enthusiastic expansion committee in place.  

"I've been on the board now for four years and it has been on the agenda every meeting," said Ens.  "We want to move it off of the agenda and actually see a building standing here on this very soil."

Although there's been a strong focus on the expansion, Ens says other areas they fund, like the hospital's palliative care and spiritual care programs, will always remain a top priority.

During the last fiscal year, through its various fundraisers, on top of fully funding the palliative care and spiritual care programs at Boundary Trails Health Centre (BTHC), the foundation was able to purchase four new dialysis treatment chairs, and and an infant stabilization unit.

Angie Cusson, director of health care services at BTHC, says the hospital relies on the foundation for some of basic fundamental needs, but on top of that the foundation also provides BTHC with some of the best employees they have, due to the specialized funding they offer.

The foundation held its annual general meeting Monday, and two changes to the board were announced.  Sara Stoesz of Morden will take over for Janis Henderson, who has completed her term, and Carol Penner fills a vacant role, representing the community of Altona.

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