One night. Two Legends. An amazing achievement for Osler!

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. – Albert Camus, author and philosopher

I recently had the honour of welcoming Canadian music legends Jann Arden and Burton Cummings to Brampton’s Rose Theatre in support of Osler Foundation’s gala benefit concert. And what an amazing evening we had!

Before the concert, Jann Arden graciously met with fans and guests to sign autographs and pose for photos. Onstage, they both were amazing. Jann Arden performed her Juno-award winning hits peppered with her signature wit and humour. With only a piano and his voice, Burton Cummings blew the roof off the theatre with his hits, including The Guess Who classic These Eyes. He had such a wonderful time he told us, backstage, that he would have loved to play longer for the audience!

Both artists took Osler’s message of Going Beyond to heart by donating personal items to the silent auction. Jann Arden created a painting live on stage that sold for $5,000, while Burton Cummings sparked a lively bidding war with his donation of a signed flute he played on The Guess Who hit Undun, which sold for a generous $17,500 bid.

The gala set a new record, raising over $650,000! Congratulations and thank you to the gala committee, the sponsors and of course, the guests who created a memorable evening that will provide tremendous support to Osler’s hospitals and the patients we serve.

We’re ending this year on a high note and this will be my last blog of 2013. While some of us will take time off over the next few weeks, many at Osler will be hard at work providing excellent care to all patients who come through our doors.

Over the holiday season, we often see an increase in patients in the emergency departments (ED). To help us manage during this busy time we’ve posted some important tips to help patients understand their health care options before heading to the ED.

Until the New Year, best wishes for a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Season’s greetings from Osler!

“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” Anthony J. D’Angelo, author and motivational speaker

What a year! The long list of milestones reached, achievements earned and partnerships forged at Osler over the last 12 months is nothing short of remarkable.

This incredible progress in delivering on our Vision of providing patient-inspired health care without boundaries would not be possible without the unwavering support of our community and partners.  For this, I heartily THANK YOU.

Osler is more than a health care system. It is a community.

Working together day-in and day-out builds the Osler community inside our walls. Outside, it is the support from patients and their families, our health care partners and generous donors that lift us up and challenge us to go beyond to provide extraordinary patient care.

As we say goodbye to another year, we have created a video message to spread a little holiday cheer to the Osler community. Keep your eyes peeled – you may recognize a few Osler elves that also have a message to share.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with you in the New Year!

On the road to redevelopment

The road to success is always under construction. – Lily Tomlin

These days it can seem like Osler is constantly under construction. But, we are making significant improvements to each site that will provide us with the facilities to continue to deliver patient-inspired health care well into the future.

We continue to make steady progress on Peel redevelopment and we will soon recognize another exciting milestone. The close of the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the project is imminent, when the three short-listed teams will submit their final bids to design, build, finance and maintain the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

Since the RFP was released in June, a dedicated team of Osler staff, physicians, volunteers and community members have spent many hours in consultation with each of the three teams to provide important feedback on designs. This is no easy task and for this they deserve a round of applause.

Osler, along with our partners at Infrastructure Ontario, will spend the next several months evaluating proposals from the short-listed teams. Following evaluation, the successful team will be announced and construction is expected to begin shortly after. This is anticipated for Spring 2014.

Over at Etobicoke General, the cafeteria received an exciting makeover during the month of November.

Next time you visit the hospital, be sure to check out our beautiful, modern space and enjoy a sandwich from the new Subway counter in the redesigned seating area. Renovations also took place at the Tim Hortons location to provide more meal options and faster service for people on the go.

cafeteria-ribbon-cuttingPiping and paving projects that have been taking place outside Etobicoke General will wrap up before the holidays. In the New Year we will be turning our focus to early works projects that will help prepare the hospital grounds for the construction of the new four-storey wing.

Last week, we also received word from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that our submission for an additional $10M to continue with infrastructure improvements at the site was approved.  We will begin planning activities for the work earlier in the New Year. Stay tuned for more.

At Brampton Civic, the renovation for the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Collection lab on the third floor Labour and Delivery unit is underway in order to meet the Canadian Blood Services deadlines for opening the lab.