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W.D. Potato donates $50,000 to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

January 12, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

W.D. Potato has donated $50,000 to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of the ‘Because of you, we can’ campaign for hospital redevelopment.

“Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation is so grateful for this generous gift from W.D. Potato,” said Mary Thomas, CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. “The history of families and businesses in our community brings us back to the grassroots of how Stevenson Memorial Hospital came to be and it’s what helps us continue to grow and serve those who live here.”

W.D. Potato, is located in the heart of New Tecumseth in Beeton, and has been a family-owned business for three generations and has been a part of the potato business for over 50 years.

Walter Davidson arrived in Canada from England over 65 years ago with only $15.00 in his pocket, and today has a successful business growing, storing, transporting, and supplying potatoes all across Canada and parts of the United States.

“The vision for our business is to work together and build long-lasting, beneficial, rewarding relationships,” said Linda Davidson, vice president of W.D. Potato. “By providing Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation with this donation, we build on that same vision with our community hospital and the people in which it serves.”

The donation from W.D. Potato went towards the ‘Because of you, we can’ campaign – the largest campaign in the SMHF’s history, supporting the redevelopment of the hospital.

The hospital’s redevelopment plan includes a revitalized Emergency Department, doubling the square footage of the hospital and tripling the amount of parking space. Refreshed outpatient rooms, birthing suites and laboratory space are also included in the plans. 

“With an Emergency Department built to manage 7,000 visits a year that currently manages close to 40,000 per year, along with a growing population in south Simcoe and surrounding communities, this redevelopment is needed today and for future generations,” said the SMHF in a press release.


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