Two business make donations tallying $8 million for new South Niagara Hospital


Published May 6, 2022 at 11:26 am

From left, Niagara Health Foundation president and CEO Andrea Scott, E.S. Fox Ltd. president Spencer Fox, and Mayor of Niagara Falls Jim Diodati. (Submitted photo)

One week equaled $8 million in new donations from just two Niagara businesses for the new South Niagara Hospital.

Earlier in the week, Mark Basciano of Mountainview Building Group, based out of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, stepped up with a $3 million donation to the new hospital, which should start construction this fall and take four years to complete.

Within a day, Spencer Fox of president of Niagara Falls business E.S. Fox added another $5 million to the coffers of the Niagara Health Foundation’s ‘It’s Our Future’ fundraising campaign.

Other big business donations have come recently from Tom Rankin of Rankin Construction, brothers John and Norris Walker of Walker Industries, Steve Cohen of Salit Steel, and David Howes of Lincoln Fabrics.

To date, more than $25 million has been raised to support the new South Niagara site.

The new 11-storey hospital will cover over a million square feet with 469 beds. The site will specialize in stroke care and provide broad treatment for aging adults, and will also be Canada’s first WELL-certified healthcare facility, a global designation that by design is aimed at ensuring health and well-being for all.

Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO of Niagara Health, spoke up about Basciano’s donation, noting, “I’d like to recognize Mark for his foundational gift to our campaign and his lifelong leadership in our community. This generous contribution will have a profound impact on the health and well-being of the residents of Niagara.”

Fox said his grandfather Ted Fox, who began the business in 1934, started a legacy of contributing to local healthcare. The hospital’s stroke centre will be named The Fox Family Centre of Excellence for Stroke.

On Basciano’s end, the Main Entrance Courtyard of the site will be named the Mountainview Building Group Main Entrance Courtyard.

Mark Basciano of Mountainview Building Group has donated $3 million to Niagara Health Foundation campaign raising money for new South Niagara Site.


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