The current Gratitude Campaign is expected to be the biggest Northern Lights Health Foundation fundraiser to date. The campaign and fundraising goals were revealed at the annual Spring Fling gala that the foundation holds each year. The goal set for the campaign is $16 million and it will be used to support a total of 8 health care projects, some in the rural communities of Wood Buffalo and some at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. None of the projects named is the helipad because the Alberta Health Services has not announced the project approval yet and a date for a helipad has not yet been set. The province must consider the exterior renovations planned for the hospital, set at $42 million, when planning for a helipad.
Northern Lights Health Foundation Gratitude Campaign will raise funds for a palliative care suite, new minimally invasive surgery suites, main lobby renovations, and continuing care unit refurbishment at the hospital. The campaign is also expected to cover the Healthy Schools Initiative public health campaign, the Early Investments Project public health campaign, and a multipurpose clinic. The new palliative care suite at the hospital will cover the north end of the third floor medicine unit and it is greatly needed according to the foundation because there are currently only two patient rooms available for this purpose. The unit will be named for 19 year old Jeremy Snook who lost his battle to brain cancer in 2013. Hopefully the foundation will raise the total of funds needed during the campaign to complete all of the projects planned.