A local resident is pledging up to $300,000 in support of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation Emergency Care campaign.

Brock Napier, a well-known area philanthropist has agreed to match donated funds to the SMHF in its 2019 fundraising campaign.

If it reaches the maximum it could mean up to 14 per cent of the total $2.1 million goal.

“We are grateful for Mr. Napier and our community’s support in this campaign,” said SMHF Executive Director Colin Miller. “The need for secure rooms, which are designed to protect patients from hurting themselves or others, have become essential in hospital Emergency Departments across Ontario, and Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is no exception.”

To date, Napier has donated nearly $900,000 to the SMHF. He also donates to the Muskoka Hospice, the Port Carling Community Health Hub and the OSPCA.

Napier’s generosity will help towards the construction of two secure rooms at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital. Mental health-related visits at MAHC’s emergency departments have increased steadily year over year and with it the risk to staff of being assaulted.