Algoma Steel Group Inc., a leading Canadian producer of hot and cold rolled steel sheet and plate products, today announced its donation of CDN $1 million to Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF), in support of Sault Area Hospital’s Residential Withdrawal Management Facility.
Construction and retrofitting of the property at 145 Old Garden River Road began in May of 2022. The new facility will provide twenty residential withdrawal management beds and safe beds in a completely renovated space.
Algoma Steel’s gift will help SAH realize the full vision for the space, supplementing the funding provided by the Ministry of Health – announced in April of this year. The funds from Algoma are focused on finishing exterior areas, creating safe and beautiful outdoor courtyard spaces for clients, providing outdoor furniture and fixtures, and completing an accessible, covered staff entrance; enhancements that would not have otherwise been possible.
The courtyards in particular will provide: a culturally inclusive space that is reflective of surrounding geographies and respectful of individual expression; a spot where families can visit with residents; a venue for group therapy and a possible therapeutic gardening program in the summer months; and a safe and secure place for clients to step outside, all year round. This critical space would not have been possible without Algoma Steel’s generous support, and will help facilitate healing and further enhance the quality of care available to the residents of the facility.
“Our team at Algoma is proud to support the Sault Area Hospital in their construction of a Residential Withdrawal Management Facility. This new facility will make a difference in the lives of many residents in our community,” said Michael Garcia, President and CEO of Algoma. “Our local healthcare teams do incredible work every day to positively impact the lives of the communities they serve, a cause we care passionately about given the depth of our involvement in the community and the breadth of our workers, retirees and their families. Our shared goal is to build a stronger, healthier community in partnership with those that can help meet that goal.”
“On behalf of the Sault Area Hospital, our patients, and our health care workers, I extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Algoma Steel for their generous donation of $1 million to support and enhance care for individuals accessing care at our new Residential Withdrawal Management facility,” said Ila Watson, President & CEO, of Sault Area Hospital. “This gift will ensure those receiving care at the new facility are able to do so in culturally inclusive and welcoming spaces specifically designed to support patient-centered care. We are pleased to partner with Algoma Steel to create a healthier and stronger community together.”
“Algoma Steel approached our Hospital, offering early support for this incredibly important project. They saw a need in our community, and they wanted to be part of the solution,” said Teresa Martone, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation.
“As our largest corporate donor, this gift marks an incredible milestone: with this commitment, their total lifetime giving to Sault Area Hospital Foundation has now surpassed $5 million. Through their gifts, Algoma Steel has demonstrated its dedication to local care for their employees and retirees, as well as their families and community. We couldn’t be more grateful to have them as a partner. Algoma Steel is making outstanding care possible with this thoughtful donation that will enhance the experiences of residents and families for years to come. On behalf of the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors, Staff, and all the families this donation will impact, thank you to Algoma Steel for caring for Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.”