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Town of Penetanguishene Renews Investment in Local Healthcare

Three women and three men hold up a giant cheque for $10,000 for the GBGH Foundation from the Town of Penetanguishene

From left – Councillor Bonita Desroches; Deputy Mayor Dan La Rose; Nicole Kraftscik, CEO, GBGH Foundation; Stacey Cooper, Clerk & Deputy CAO; Matthew Lawson, president & CEO, GBGH; Mayor Doug Rawson.

At the Town of Penetanguishene Council Meeting on May 10th, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) received $10,000 to support the GBGH Foundation’s Impact Fund, and $15,000 to support physician recruitment efforts for the community. These generous gifts brings the Town of Penetanguishene’s lifetime support to more than $228,000.

Municipal investment in equipment and technology for GBGH is critical to ensuring a strong hospital for our entire North Simcoe community. In 2023, some of the most urgent priorities include an MRI machine, brand new x-ray rooms, surgical & procedure tables and laboratory equipment.

“We value our partnerships with our local municipalities, and share their vision of collaboration to ensure a strong vibrant future for our region,” shares Nicole Kraftscik, CEO, GBGH Foundation. “The Town of Penetanguishene has been a loyal partner of GBGH for many years, and this gift is going to help strengthen our hospital to care for the entire community. We are so grateful for their ongoing support.”

The donation to Georgian Bay Physician Recruitment will fund efforts to ensure everyone in the community has a family doctor, now and in the future. Our community & hospital will require more than 20 new family physicians & specialists over the next five years to fill the gaps of retiring physicians and community expansion, making recruitment and retention a top priority.

“In the current health human resource environment, we face continued recruitment challenges for both community and hospital-based physicians,” says Dr. Jeff Golisky, chair, Georgian Bay Physician Recruitment. “This gift from the Town of Penetanguishene will help support community visits, locum accommodations, relocation expenses and marketing efforts to ensure that we are a top choice for physicians looking to establish a practice.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Foundation’s Impact Fund, and making a difference at GBGH with a gift, can visit For more information about physician recruitment efforts in North Simcoe, visit

From left – CAO Jeff Lees; Councillor George Vadeboncoeur; Councillor Doug Leroux; Dr. Jeff Golisky, chair, Georgian Bay Physician Recruitment; Brittany Cooke, physician recruitment and credentialing specialist, GBGH; Mayor Doug Rawson.

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