Changing the face of Osler, one brick at a time

This week’s guest bloggers are Ann Ford, Joint VP, Facilities and Redevelopment and Ken Mayhew, President & CEO, Osler Foundation

We know that in health care, things are constantly changing – from adopting innovative clinical practices to using new digital technologies for patient care to upgrading the facilities that enable us to provide much needed programs and services to the community. Our ambitious redevelopment program continues to move forward and it’s changing the face of Osler.

Reaching another milestone at Etobicoke General

Excitement is building at Etobicoke General with the closure of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance, and maintain the hospital’s new four-storey wing. Over the next few months we’ll review the proposals before announcing the winning bid. Once a team has been selected, construction on the new facility is expected to begin in summer 2016.

As the winter months settle in, we won’t be slowing down. We’ve started an Early Works project to prepare the existing building for the new addition by replacing mechanical equipment, upgrading power systems and installing connection points that will link building systems between the two structures.

We’re also moving forward with plans to build a new Ancillary Services Building (ASB) that will be home to a number of outpatient programs and services. The ASB will allow us to bring much needed clinical services into the community, such as dialysis, and we plan to start construction in spring 2016.

Peel Memorial takes shape

It’s exciting to watch the progress at the new Peel Memorial. There is plenty going on outside the building as brickworks are nearing completion, the majority of the windows are now in place, and the metal siding that will cover the outside of the penthouses is ready to be installed. Meanwhile, work is proceeding on the building’s water lines, storm and sanitary connections to municipal services.

As the winter months approach, construction workers will finish all the jobs needed to make the structure weather-tight. Then, they will move inside where they’ll focus on the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, wall boarding, priming and painting, as well as the countless other tasks that will make this structure a wonderful health facility for this community.

Construction on the new Peel Memorial is on track to be completed by fall of 2016. Following a period of equipment installation, training and orientation we will be ready to open our doors in early 2017.

A strong show of community support

The community is playing an important role in our redevelopment projects. This past weekend, Canadian country stars Blue Rodeo and fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster performed for a sold out crowd in support of Osler Foundation. The $610,000 raised, which was matched by Orlando Corporation’s generous $15 Million Matching Challenge, resulted in a $1.2 million contribution to redevelopment projects and the latest generation of medical technology and diagnostic equipment needs across all three sites.

If you missed the excitement on Saturday night, check out our photo gallery!

Why giving isn’t just for the holiday season anymore

We’re getting closer to the holiday season and for me, the act of giving becomes top-of-mind. But over the last few months I’ve seen that for many donors, giving is a year-round trend.

Osler is always improving. Whether it’s updating our patient care spaces through our ambitious redevelopment program or upgrading our equipment to help us provide more innovative patient care, it means that at Osler – anytime is the perfect time to give.

This summer was a perfect example of year-round giving as generous supporters raised more than $1.1 million for Osler Foundation through a number of exciting events. Thanks to the $15 Million Matching Challenge every dollar raised has been matched, doubling the impact of each gift:

  • Rain didn’t stop the fun at the Osler Open: Brampton Invitational as golfers hit the links to raise a record-breaking $672,000 for the new Peel Memorial.
  • Our sold-out Osler Open: Etobicoke Invitational scored a ‘hole in one’ by raising an outstanding $234,000 for redevelopment efforts while our newest event, Walk ‘n’ Roll for Healthy Kids, raised $68,000 for Etobicoke General’s women’s and children’s program.
  • Car enthusiasts revved their engines at the famous Canadian Tire Mosport Park in the Unforgettable Drive event to raise $190,000 for redevelopment projects at Etobicoke General.
  • Long-time Osler Foundation supporter Woodbine Entertainment Group announced a five-year $100,000 pledge to help build and equip the new emergency department at Etobicoke General.

Amid the excitement we learned of the passing of Ralf Jarchow, a true champion for Peel Memorial, who was killed in a traffic accident while completing an 11-day cycling quest to raise funds for the hospital. We send our deepest condolences to his family and are extremely touched by the continued support of his family, friends and colleagues as they rallied to exceed his fundraising goal.

Generosity comes in many forms. I recently blogged about the generous $1 million pledge from our Employee Giving Committee to support redevelopment at Osler’s three hospital sites over the next five years. We made significant progress by raising 80 per cent of our $200,000 target during our annual Employee Giving Campaign.

We’ve also had a year of unprecedented physician support that included a new $100,000 pledge from the EGH Professional Staff Association. The tremendous commitment that staff and physicians have for Osler is truly a wonderful thing to see!

And thanks to the $15 Million Matching Challenge, we’re looking to smash all previous records for our annual benefit concert One Night. Two Shows. Three Hospitals. This year’s star-studded lineup features Blue Rodeo and Natalie MacMaster. It’s one of the events I look forward to the most each year – I hope you will join us for a memorable night!

With all of these amazing events, Osler Foundation is getting closer to completing its $100 million capital campaign but we still have a long way to go until we reach our final goal. We’re looking forward to the many events that are still to come!