E.S. Fox donates $5 million to new Niagara hospital project

Stroke Centre will be named ‘The Fox Family Centre of Excellence for Stroke’

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Spencer Fox of E.S. Fox Ltd. has donated $5 million to the future South Niagara Site of Niagara Health.

Fox is the third generation to lead E.S. Fox Ltd. and he says two devastating, life-changing events inspired him to be a Founding Donor for the South Niagara Site, which will be home to various regional centres of excellence, specializing in areas such as stroke, seniors-focused care, and complex care for longer-stay patients.

In 1998 his father Edward S. Fox was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“My father believed strongly in the hospital and thought it was important to keep the equipment and facilities as up to date as possible,” Fox said.

In 2014, Fox’s son, Ben – then, 15 years old – suffered a stroke, caused by a carotid artery dissection: a separation of the layers of the artery wall supplying oxygen to the head and brain, impacting his left side. Following his recovery, Ben has become a champion for raising money and awareness about heart disease and stroke – carrying on a legacy of giving back to our communities.

Established in 1934 as a small plumbing and heating company, E.S. Fox Limited works in the sectors of oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, pulp and paper, steel, automotive, nuclear, power generation, pharmaceutical, casinos, hotels, hospitals, schools, and themed entertainment.

The company is headquartered in Niagara Falls and operates regional offices in Hamilton, Toronto, Port Robinson, Oshawa, Kincardine, Kingston, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.

For Spencer Fox, the healthcare partnership spans nearly four decades and is even more important today as infrastructure of a hospital is an essential component in ensuring that local people have access to the highest quality of care.

In recognition of his generosity, leadership, and commitment to giving back and creating meaningful impact for healthcare in Niagara, the Stroke Centre will be named The Fox Family Centre of Excellence for Stroke.


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