Irving Oil, Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation gift $1M toward transformational South Shore Regional Hospital expansion

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia – The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore
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Bridgewater, Nova Scotia – The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore is celebrating a transformative donation from Irving Oil and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation in support of a ground-breaking expansion at the South Shore Regional Hospital.

Together, Irving Oil and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation have gifted $1,000,000 to the Brighter Days Capital Campaign. The redevelopment project includes an expansion of the 35-year-old hospital’s emergency, day surgery and endoscopy departments. The campaign will also allow for the addition of dialysis services, a SPECT-CT scan and the South Shore’s first MRI scanner.

The gift will help to enhance the quality of emergency care and improve patient experience and access through additional services and expanded space design and innovation. This will lead to an improved experience for patients, families, service users and staff.

Brighter Days Capital Campaign Co-Chair David Himmelman worked with the donors to make this gift possible.

“One of the highlights of working on this campaign was meeting Arthur Irving, his wife Sandra and his daughter Sarah. They have done so much for health care all around the Maritimes and I’m very grateful they took the time to learn about, and then give to, the redevelopment of our regional hospital. Irving Oil has a huge presence in the Maritimes and New England. We all have friends or loved ones who work for, or have benefitted from Irving Oil in some way. This is now another wonderful connection between the South Shore and the Irving family,” Himmelman says.

The Brighter Days Capital Campaign is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help ensure the residents of Nova Scotia’s South Shore have access to the best available healthcare facilities. The 48,705-square-foot expansion and redevelopment project is expected to be completed in stages between 2025-2026.

“We are inspired by the dedicated and caring team at the South Shore Regional Hospital and the compassionate care they provide each day,” says Arthur Irving. “We are proud to support the good work that David Himmelman and his team are doing with the Brighter Days Capital Campaign to provide access to the best available health care.”

The hospital project falls within Irving Oil’s social impact goals to support healthy communities and ensuring access to vital health services.

“On behalf of Irving Oil and our employees, we are happy to support partnerships that aim to provide quality, community-based, health-care services,” says Irving Oil President Ian Whitcomb. “The South Shore Regional Hospital redevelopment and expansion will be a significant support to the community for generations to come.”

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About Health Services Foundation of the South Shore

Since 1993, the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore continues to invest in health care equipment and initiatives of both South Shore Regional Hospital and Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. It does so to strengthen the well-being of the communities the hospitals serve, striving to keep exceptional health care close to home. Learn more at

About Irving Oil 

Irving Oil is a family-owned and privately held international energy company. For nearly 100 years, our commitment to doing good business has been grounded in our commitment to people – to our employees, customers, communities and partners. Founded in 1924, our mission is focused on our continued evolution to meet the changing needs of our customers. Specializing in the refining and marketing of finished energy products, we operate Canada’s largest refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, and Ireland’s only refinery located in the village of Whitegate. We proudly serve customers with more than 1,000 fuelling locations and a network of distribution terminals spanning Eastern Canada, New England and in Ireland, operating under the Top brand. We are on a continuous journey of sustainable development, working to reduce our environmental footprint while continuing to provide safe and reliable energy to our customers. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for seven consecutive years, we are proud of our team and our longstanding commitment to our customers and our communities. Learn more at 

Media Contacts:

Health Services Foundation of the South Shore
Alison Clements
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Irving Oil
Katherine d’Entremont
Cell: 506.654.7162
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