Hockey Night for Osler raises $67,500

hockeynight20132 hockeynight20131If you missed the action at Powerade last night, the Osler Crusaders suited up to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni for what proved to be a riveting display of strategy and skill.

The game was nothing short of spectacular – excellent skating, finished checks and lots of shots on net. Osler had quite the rally going until the Leafs scored that ninth, back-breaking goal. I also got to meet some of my heroes like Darryl Sittler, Johnny Bower and Mike Palmateer.

Many thanks to the Osler Crusaders who lace up every year and show great courage to take some mighty big shots from some mighty big guys.

Many thanks to our opponents, the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni, who showed great professionalism and sportsmanship on and off the ice to our Osler family and friends in the community.

And, special thanks to the Brampton Canadettes Midget AA and Cruiser Sports Intermediate Division Sledge Hockey teams for the entertaining intermissions.

To everyone who played a role in bringing this game together, from Osler sponsors and  donors to Osler and Foundation staff, physicians and volunteers, your efforts are well appreciated. Over 1,700 tickets were sold and $67,500 was raised through the Osler Foundation! These funds will support the redevelopment of Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General Hospital, and fund the next generation of diagnostic equipment and technology at Brampton Civic Hospital.

You’ve got to check out my photo highlights from last night! If you missed Osler’s own offering pre-game tips, you can catch them here.

Game on!

After a lengthy lockout, the NHL returns to the ice this weekend. I reserved my seat in front of the TV for the abbreviated season. It’ll be good to get the head back in the game before the puck drops for Hockey Night for Osler on January 28 at the Powerade Centre.

The event pits the Osler Crusaders against the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni. Fans’ most beloved captain, Darryl Sittler, will lead the alumni team whose roster includes Mark Osborne and Darcy Tucker along with Coach Johnny Bower and Assistant Coach, Mike Palmateer.

Osler Crusaders have assembled an impressive line-up of powerhouse players. Returning to the bench as Head Coach is Dr. Naveed Mohammad and Assistant Coach, Cindy Dolden. They report our players are coming out of intensive training and in fine form for the match.

Proceeds of the Osler Foundation’s event will support the redevelopment of Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General Hospital, and fund the next generation of diagnostic equipment and technology at Brampton Civic Hospital. Come out and cheer on the Osler squad to a victory cup!

Last year’s showdown was only a warm-up. It’s GAME ON! Click here for tickets.

A holiday surge

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone in our community had a wonderful holiday season and was able to spend some time with family and friends.

Our hospitals experienced the hustle and bustle of the holiday season too – most notably in our Emergency Departments (EDs). Over the past couple of weeks, thousands of people have passed through both Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General EDs for care for themselves or for their loved ones. At the top of the New Year, we saw an all time record high of patient visits to both EDs exceeding 640 patients per day.

We understand from our local health system partners that family physician offices, walk-in clinics and urgent care centres have been managing surges as well.

We were very busy over the holidays particularly as this flu season grips the community. Osler and community health care providers developed strategies to deal with the higher-than-expected volumes well before the holiday season. It was a challenging time and we continued to focus on the delivery of timely, safe and compassionate care to all patients and their families.

Our recent Telephone Town Hall, which we hosted with the Central West CCAC, Central West LHIN, Headwaters and Region of Peel Health Services is another example of how we are continuing to build and strengthen our relationship with our partners and help people better understand how we work together to provide health services to the community.

This focus on strengthening partnerships with local health service providers is a significant component of Osler’s new corporate Strategic Plan, which is set to be launched in the coming months. As part of this Strategic Plan and in the spirit of continuous improvement, we will be exploring a number of new opportunities with our partners. Through initiatives including new Primary Care Panels, the creation of a joint role with a partner organization and ongoing Telephone Town Hall meetings, we are poised to work differently and in new and more collaborative ways to help ensure residents of our region have access to the services they need, when and where they need them most.

We know that there is still a lot of work to be done to improve and increase access, but we are looking forward to this journey alongside our health system partners. Look out for more information and details about the launch of our new corporate Strategic Plan over the coming weeks and months.