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An investment in mental health care for GBGH

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On November 28, 2022, Karen O’Coin made a $2,500 investment in healthcare at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH). The gift was inspired by Nicole Kraftscik’s personal mental health story, and will support the development of a mental health program at the Midland hospital.

Karen O’Coin has worked in the investment industry for more than 25 years, and currently works with BMO Nesbitt Burns in Orillia as an Advisor and Financial Planner. Although she doesn’t personally live in the North Simcoe community, she has many clients and friends who call the area home, and wanted to make a gift that would benefit all of them.

“Reading Nicole’s story was very powerful for me, as I’ve known Nicole for a long time,” says O’Coin. “I wanted to make a gift that would honour her story, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Mental health is something that’s very near to my heart, and I’m investing to help GBGH bring more acute mental health services to the region.”

Currently, GBGH cares for approximately 1,700 mental health patients every year, or about three patients in crisis every day, but the hospital is not equipped or funded to care for mental health patients. GBGH has submitted a Capital Submission to the Ministry of Health to bring a comprehensive acute mental health program to our hospital.

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