We say it every year: Time is flying by, and this past year was no exception. It was great to have the chance to reflect on 2016 and all we have accomplished, together.
Looking back, there is so much to be grateful for. Every day, I now get to walk into the incredible new Peel Memorial. In early February our halls will begin to fill with patients using the Urgent Care Centre, Diagnostic Imaging Unit, Labs and more.
Brampton Civic continued to provide extraordinary care with the help of generous donors who came forward to help replace and upgrade equipment. Our paediatric patients benefited from the CN Miracle Match which funded much-needed paediatric equipment in our clinics and acute care units – everything from exam tables and infant scales, to specialized vital signs and blood pressure monitors for babies and young children. Thank you to all the donors who responded to the challenge.
And now, at Etobicoke General, we have three cranes on site and can see the new wing rising from the ground, as it stays on track to open in late 2018.
During the public tours at Peel Memorial, participants were surprised to hear that the government does not fund the 10,000 plus pieces of equipment required at Peel Memorial, not to mention what is needed at Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic to keep pace with ever-changing technology. You’ll meet a number of our donors and champions in this issue of Partners who are aware that 100 per cent of equipment costs must be raised in the community.
For example, you’ll learn how Magna International donated $1 million to fund two state-ofthe-art digital x-ray machines. And how Doug Jamieson was inspired to donate $5,000 to fully fund a new vital signs monitor – something that was integral to every phase of his care when he recently experienced a heart attack. You’ll also read about our committed staff and physicians, who – in addition to all they do through their work – are giving their financial support and time because they know, first-hand, how important it is to have the right equipment and technology available to provide the best care. We include our champion Matt Anderson, Osler’s former President and CEO, who has accepted a new role in another health system. In addition, you’ll meet a four-year-old superhero, Rachel, featured on our front cover.
We hope the acts of generosity and caring shared in these stories, will inspire you to continue your support. If so, please remind your family, friends and neighbours that the fundraising for Osler’s three hospitals is not done yet.
Each and every day, your support is changing lives. On behalf of the Osler Foundation Board, our amazing physicians and staff, and most importantly, the families we serve, thank you for your generosity.