Suncor Energy Foundation invests $2 million in Fort McMurray health care

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, July 24 /CNW/ - The Suncor Energy Foundation is
pleased to announce a five year, $2 million investment in the Northern Lights
Regional Health Foundation that will primarily be used to fund health and
wellness programs and services as well as the purchase of new medical
    "Bringing more primary health care capacity into the community is an
important addition to the health care infrastructure in Fort McMurray," said
Bryan Rabik, chair of the Northern Lights Regional Health Foundation. "It will
help ensure community members receive the care they need while reducing some
of the current burden on existing facilities. The tremendous support we have
received from the Suncor Energy Foundation will be felt by the entire
    In recognition of the foundation's contribution to the Northern Lights
Health Region, a new Community Health and Wellness Centre, which is in the
development stages for the Fort McMurray subdivision of Timberlea, will be
named in its honor. The Northern Lights Health Region and the Wood Buffalo
Physicians Group are currently identifying the services and programs to be
offered at the centre.
    "I'm confident this investment will make a positive difference in our
community for many years to come," said Kirk Bailey, Suncor's executive vice
president. "We recognize our responsibility to help maintain and improve the
quality of life of this community. And we're proud of this contribution and
how it will benefit Fort McMurray and the region."
    The investment is part of Suncor's commitment to help provide necessary
funding to health care facilities in the Wood Buffalo and Edmonton regions.
Between 1998 and 2007 the Suncor Energy Foundation has invested more than
$2.25 million in the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre for programs,
services and new medical equipment, including major funding for a new MRI
(Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine.
    The Foundation's past investments also include $400,000 for the Lois Hole
Hospital for Women and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton.
Support has helped give doctors the technology they need to provide the best
patient care possible, and has helped create places where families from out of
town are able to stay while their loved ones receive treatment.
    "Suncor is committed to providing support to ensure that communities in
which we operate in northern Alberta continue to be healthy places to live and
do business," said Bailey.

    The Suncor Energy Foundation, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008,
is a private, non-profit charitable foundation established by Suncor to
receive Suncor's contributions and support registered Canadian charitable
organizations. Its funding priorities are educational, environmental and
community-based initiatives that primarily support Suncor's operating
communities. By the end of 2008, the Foundation will have contributed more
than $57 million to Canadian communities.

    Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray,
Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and
diesel fuel, while operations throughout Western Canada produce natural gas.
Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail
distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline
and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver
area under the Phillips 66(R) brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

    Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is an authorized licensee of the Phillips
66(R) brand and marks in the state of Colorado. Sunoco in Canada is separate
and unrelated to Sunoco in the United States, which is owned by Sunoco, Inc.
of Philadelphia.

For further information:

For further information: Cathy Glover, Director, Suncor Energy
Foundation, Phone: (403) 205-6806, Email:

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