Scotiabank Supports Families at London Health Sciences Centre

Scotiabank has donated $1 million to Children’s Health Foundation and London Health Sciences Foundation, fundraising partners of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), to fund The Scotiabank Family Assistance Program, which supports women, children and their families experiencing financial hardship during treatment.

The Scotiabank Family Assistance Program is a vital patient and family-centred resource for both Children’s Hospital (including children’s inpatient care, neonatal care, paediatric critical care and paediatric ambulatory care) and in Women’s Care (including gynecology/oncology surgery, inpatient gynecology surgery and obstetrical care) at LHSC. These funds are accessed through LHSC and used for emergency, short-term situations to support patients and their families from across Southwestern Ontario and beyond who require the specialized care available in London.

“Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their full potential,” said Andrew Smith, District Vice President, London and Area District at Scotiabank. “We know that the Scotiabank Family Assistance Program will make an important difference in the lives of young people and their families. We hope the program will help ease the strain that health challenges can have on families so they can focus on taking care of their loved ones.”

When coping with a family member’s illness that is compounded by excessive travel or other unexpected expenditures, families can become overwhelmed emotionally and physically exhausted. By offering financial support to families in need through parking passes, gas cards, travel vouchers and gift cards to grocery stores and retailers, The Scotiabank Family Assistance Program helps lighten the load that families must bear.

“Scotiabank’s commitment to ensuring patients and their families can access the specialized care they need without a financial burden is remarkable. We are so grateful to receive this wonderful gift that will make a tremendous impact on families. It is because of Scotiabank that our parents can focus on helping their sick child get better and relieve the burden and stress of treatment-related expenses,” says Sherri Bocchini, Chief Development Officer, Children’s Health Foundation.

“Alleviating some of the short-term, financial stress related to medical treatment is often essential in allowing families and patients to focus on healing,” says London Health Sciences Foundation President and CEO John MacFarlane. “This important program only exists because of the generosity of community leaders like Scotiabank.”

With Scotiabank’s generous funding, The Scotiabank Family Assistance Program has brought financial relief to hundreds of families from across the region, from Windsor, to Owen Sound, to as far north as Timmins.