August 08, 2019

Fred Smithers, O.C. Pledges $2 Million to the Above and Beyond Capital Campaign to Help Build HRM’s New Centre for Orthopedic Care  

DARTMOUTH, NS (August 08, 2019) – Fred Smithers, O.C. has made a $2 million pledge to the Dartmouth General’s $13 million Above and Beyond Campaign in support of the acquisition of the latest tools, technologies and equipment for the hospital’s new Centre for Orthopedic Care, a part of the Dartmouth General’s redevelopment project.

 “I am pleased to make this donation to the Dartmouth General as I believe it’s a responsibility of our community to give back,” says Fred Smithers. “The things they are doing at the Dartmouth General are extremely exceptional. They have grown a culture that is second to none and you need that because it’s all about the patient experience. I couldn’t be more proud to support that culture.”

Fred has been a longtime supporter of the hospital, even pouring the concrete to help build it more than 40 years ago. He has close ties to the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, as a past board member and is currently the Honorary Chair for the Above and Beyond Campaign. He has also experienced the hospital personally as a former patient.

 “I experienced medical innovation firsthand when I underwent knee surgery at the Dartmouth General. Their surgeons perfected the half-knee replacement technique and for me it was a day surgery, versus a longer stay for a full knee,” notes Fred. “I am proud to support this campaign and be able to put the best equipment in the hands of the staff and physicians so they can become the best orthopedic hospital in the country.”

Fred expressed particular pride in the impact his $2M gift will mean for patients. His gift willhelp fund the new Fred Smithers Centre for Orthopedic Care which the Foundation is pleased to recognize him with the naming of. The new Centre will have two new state-of-the-art operating suites dedicated to orthopedic surgeries and the majority of scheduled primary joint replacement surgeries (hips and knees) for all of HRM will be done at the hospital.

“Recognizing Fred’s transformational gift with the naming of the Orthopedic Centre is so fitting given his lifetime of support for the Dartmouth General and given his role as a champion for the innovation demonstrated by the team at Dartmouth General,” notes Stephen Harding, President and CEO of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. “Fred is a smart philanthropist, someone who recognizes a problem, such as wait times for hip and knee replacements, and steps up to help with the solution to deliver impact.  Thank you Fred for your tremendous gift!”