Edna and Susanna lived in the same community for many years, but never met. Yet they will forever be linked and remembered at Surrey Memorial Hospital because their generosity made it possible for thousands of Surrey residents to regain their sense of hearing.
In many ways, Edna and Susanna’s stories are similar. Along with their husbands, they were both long-time residents of Surrey. During their lifetimes, the two women donated to Surrey Memorial Hospital for about 10 years. Both expressed their wish to provide larger gifts to help the hospital.
Edna and Susanna became widows around the same time. When they updated their wills, they each included a gift of $20,000 to Surrey Hospitals Foundation.
Those two gifts made it possible to start the inner ear surgery program at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. They helped to purchase specialized tools, including a House Ontology Set, which allows doctors to identify and fix regular and complex ear, nose, and throat (ENT) challenges in infants, children, and adults. This equipment purchase allowed Fraser Health to recruit a top ENT surgeon to Surrey Memorial Hospital.
The surgical instruments purchased with their donations are still in use today. Edna and Susanna have helped improve the hearing of thousands of people. Please consider joining them in making a legacy gift to Surrey Hospitals Foundation.