Bruce Power has pledged $45,000 for the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation’s ‘Next Step’ campaign.

The foundation’s campaign will advance care in the areas of robotic surgery, specialized mental health care, breast imaging, clinical research for chronic disease and complex eye care and treatment at the London-based hospital.

More than 5,000 Bruce County residents used these services in 2012, with almost 2,000 attending the Ivey Eye care facilities at St. Joseph’s for specialized treatment,

said Peggy Zeppieri, Physician Recruitment Specialist working with Bruce Power and the Municipalities of Kincardine and Saugeen Shores.

“Bruce Power recognizes the importance of the health and wellness of its employees, their families and friends, and is extremely pleased to be supporting an initiative that will ensure continued access to the health care programs they need.”

The $15,000 donation is the first of three instalments and will be used for the highest priority needs in any one of the key areas of focus for the Next Step campaign. In recognition of the gift, St. Joseph’s will name the eye exam room at the Ivey Eye Institute after Bruce Power.

With this donation, it makes the impossible possible,

said Sue Hardy, Manager, Legacy Giving, Volunteer & Donor Relations.

“About 90% of capital expenditures or equipment purchases are made possible through community donations, so we really couldn’t acquire some of the equipment we need or advance some of our programs without community support.”

Through the Next Step campaign, St. Joseph’s is set to raise $40 million to support innovation in care and research. For more information, visit www.sjhcfoundation.org.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, ON, is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com