The holiday spirit is alive and well on the South Shore, as BMO Financial Group is making a large gift to the Health Services Foundation’s Brighter Days Capital Campaign.

The $200,000 donation will support the redevelopment of South Shore Regional Hospital, wherever is needed, including purchasing new equipment for the expanded and new Emergency, Dialysis, Diagnostic Imaging, Endoscopy and Day Surgery departments.

“BMO’s donation will play a large role in redeveloping the hospital and enhancing the experience for both medical professionals and patients within many different departments,” said Justin Scully, Regional President, Personal Banking Atlantic, BMO. “Investing in local healthcare embodies our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, as it promotes the progress and innovation of medicine in Atlantic Canada.

David Himmelman, Co-Chair of the Brighter Days capital campaign, echoes the importance of this once-in-a-generation redevelopment of South Shore Regional, which serves residents of Lunenburg and Queens Counties.

 “Both the Brighter Days volunteers and the Health Services Foundation staff are thrilled with this generous investment in local health care by BMO Financial Group. As one of the financial institution leaders in our area, Justin and his colleagues really understand the important role South Shore Regional plays in the lives of their customers and their employees. This project is going to revamp health care in our region and we are thankful BMO Financial Group is helping make this goal possible.”

Led by a volunteer Campaign Cabinet committee co-chaired by Tim O’Regan and David Himmelman, the Brighter Days capital campaign is raising $9.5-million, recently committing to raising its goal to secure $2-million in additional medical equipment and technology for the five aforementioned areas of the redevelopment, with any excess funds directed to an Equipment and Technology Legacy fund that will help ensure ongoing upgrades to those areas, as needed, in the years to come.

The Brighter Days capital campaign is an opportunity to help ensure the residents of Nova Scotia’s South Shore have access to the best available health care facilities.  The 48,705 sq. ft. expansion and redevelopment of the hospital is expected to be completed in 2025.

The Health Services Foundation team and BMO welcome inquiries and may be reached directly at:

Alison Clements

Manager, Strategic Engagement, Health Services Foundation of the South Shore


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