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The Foundation of The Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation was created in 1961, just prior to the introduction of the hospitalization program in New Brunswick. While many small community hospitals were in debt at that time, the Sackville hospital, thanks to the support of the community and the Ladies’ Auxiliary and the foresight of its Board of Trustees, held a small surplus. The trustees decided to create a Foundation to retain and administer that surplus separate from hospital accounts.

From the beginning, the Foundation has been administered by a volunteer board of trustees. Until healthcare regionalization was implemented in New Brunswick in 1992, the majority of these trustees also served on the hospital’s board of trustees. There was, however, always a provision for non-hospital board members to sit on the Foundation, allowing broader base of input from the communities served by the hospital. Since regionalization, trustees have been elected by the members of the Foundation.
 
Over the years the Foundation has fulfilled its mission by providing bursaries, scholarships, and loans to area students who are pursuing careers in healthcare, by providing grants to hospital staff who wish to upgrade their education in their professional fields, by allocating funds for the purchase of hospital equipment and library materials.  
 
Through various fundraising drives and other initiatives, the Foundation gradually accumulated investments. It was anticipated that these funds would be needed to equip the new Sackville Memorial Hospital, which was officially opened in 1988. When, through good management of the building project, Foundation funds were not required for furnishings and equipment, the Foundation found itself in a position to meet another pressing community need. The recruitment of a sufficient number of physicians to adequately serve the community had been an issue for some time. One of the stumbling blocks was the lack of suitable office space for these professionals to set up their practices. The Foundation had come into a plot of land immediately adjacent to the hospital, which was an ideal location for a new community health centre. The Foundation Board of the day voted to undertake the building and management of such a facility which today houses a number of medical professionals including physicians and an optometrist. The Tantramar Community Health Centre is now managed by a professional building management firm, to ensure an attractive well maintained and convenient facility for today and the future. The switch to professional management has meant the volunteer Foundation Board can direct more of its energy toward philanthropic activities.