“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

At Osler, we are privileged to be part of a community that is rich with kindness, generosity, and passion for exceptional health care.

Our fantastic staff, as well as the patients and families in the community, get to see, use and experience this wealth of community spirit each and every day. The generosity of our donors makes it possible for us to buy innovative equipment like AccuVein, which helps to locate veins in patients where they may be difficult to find.

Thanks to our generous donors who enthusiastically support Osler Foundation, we have the technology, facilities and educational opportunities we need to provide patient-inspired care to the community we serve.

Last month, we hosted three special receptions to honour our outstanding leadership-level donors. Every year, donors who have pledged or made a $10,000 gift or more to one of our three hospitals are celebrated by having their names engraved on that hospital’s Circle of Champions donor wall.

At the celebration, donors got to experience how their gifts have impacted the care at our hospitals. We couldn’t do what we do without them!

Check out the photo gallery from the events.

Our staff also got in the giving spirit at the launch of our annual I ♥ My Hospital Employee Giving campaign. This year’s celebration was called OslerFest, and featured a week of fun activities, events and prizes. From a pumpkin carving contest to a fall carnival to mascot design contests, the Osler family came out to show their support of our Foundation. Your enthusiasm and generosity helped us reach our goal of $160,000! We also have 150 new donors this year – a 155 per cent increase over last year.

For more on our Foundation and how you can make a difference in health care in your community, visit www.oslerfoundation.org.

“There’s an opportunity for us to leave the past behind and present something different for the future.” – Jay Weatherill, Premier, Australian Labor Party

As the leaves start to change colour and fall to the ground, some people may see the fall season as an ending. At Osler, we see it as an opportunity for renewal on a grand scale as our redevelopment efforts at all three sites continue to move ahead at a brisk pace.

Etobicoke General
This fall promises to be a busy season at Etobicoke General as planning for a number of projects gets underway:

  • In early October, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued to identify a successful vendor to supply the new nurse call system at the hospital. This nearly $10 million project is expected to begin in 2015.
  • Starting in November, the rear staff parking lot will be reconfigured to increase capacity while new lighting and panic stations will be installed to improve security.
  • The long awaited work on the western hydro lands parking areas is slated to begin in early spring 2015.
  • We’ve also started construction on a second patient washroom in the emergency department, which will be completed in six to eight weeks.

Osler is set to go to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage for the new four-storey tower later this fall. In this stage, we will identify the companies with the experience and capacity necessary to design, build, finance and maintain the new wing at Etobicoke General.

We’re also on track to issue a RFP for a new Ancillary Services Building (ASB) in the coming months. Companies will be able to bid on a contract to design and build the new facility that will be home to physicians offices, hospital clinics and classrooms for our education partners. The ASB project is part of the first phase of expansion.

Peel Memorial
Peel Memorial continues to take shape as multiple cranes now tower above the site. As our construction partners at PCL prepare the foundation for the new building, Osler staff is meeting to finalize space requirements for the facility. Check out our progress by viewing our live webcam.

As work moves forward at the Peel Memorial site we’ll start connecting with the public for their input into various building elements, including colour choices for the interior. Our next community event will take place on Wednesday, October 29 at the Bramalea City Centre while a public meeting will happen later this fall to share more detailed information on building design and progress to date, as well as offer the opportunity to speak with the development team and provide input into the interior spaces.

Brampton Civic
In addition to the exciting changes to the retail food services program at Brampton Civic, the Cardiac Procedures Unit (CPU) is being reconfigured to offer more recovery space for patients following treatment. This work is scheduled to begin next week and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.