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Second City Comedy Show raises big bucks for hospital equipment

Proceeds will be used to purchase an abdominal ultrasound probe, allowing clinicians to provide more advanced examinations
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From Left: Mark Riczu, Executive Director, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) Foundation, Dr. Tim Hillson, Ophthalmologist and Nicole Kraftscik, Senior Development Officer, OSMH Foundation.

The Best of Second City Comedy Show in Orillia raised a lot more than laughter on Oct. 19. Through ticket sales, more than $8,700 was generated for surgical equipment at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

“The show was absolutely hilarious and I’m thrilled knowing the funds raised will go to such an important cause,” said Dr. Tim Hillson, who organized the fundraiser. “A huge thank you to the amazing talent at Second City, and to everyone who attended the event.”

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward purchasing an abdominal ultrasound probe for the Surgical Services department at the hospital. With this new piece of equipment, clinicians will be able to provide more advanced abdominal, renal, trauma and aorta examinations.

It will also allow clinicians to expand both imaging capabilities and application, while maintaining comfort for the patient.

“We’re so thankful to have amazing community partners like Dr. Hillson who goes above and beyond to help our hospital,” said Nicole Kraftscik, Senior Development Officer, OSMH Foundation. “Because of this event, our surgical team is now outfitted with a new piece of equipment that will improve patient examinations and care.”

If you would like to support improved equipment and technology at OSMH, contact the Foundation office at 705-325-6464 or

About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation:

The OSMH Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and the people of Orillia and North Simcoe/Muskoka. The foundation provides funds to the Hospital to buy medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community based healthcare.