You have the power to make a difference

What does it take to build a healthy community?

It takes dedicated health care providers, state-of-the-art facilities, and engaged citizens who are passionate about their home. It also takes money.

Over the past five years we’ve focused on ambitious redevelopment projects to expand care in our region. We have the opportunity to open a brand new health care facility to meet the changing needs of the Brampton community – but we can’t do it alone.

The Government of Ontario is contributing 90 per cent of the funding to build the new Peel Memorial but there is a “local share” portion of the project that must be raised by Osler and the community.

Osler is also responsible for funding 100 per cent of the equipment costs of the new facility. That is why Osler Foundation recently launched a new campaign with the goal of raising $100 million to complete and equip Peel Memorial, support the expansion of Etobicoke General and enhance services at Brampton Civic.

Our powerful new You Have the Power campaign tells the stories of real patients who have received care at Osler hospitals who will be able to receive the same services at the new Peel Memorial. Soon, you will begin to see flags flying on lamp posts and banners spanning bridges to create awareness around our goal to raise $30 million to complete the new Peel Memorial.

Check out Osler Foundation’s new campaign website to learn more about how you can do your part to build a healthy community.

Even though it hasn’t felt like spring, we welcomed it with open arms at our annual Holi Gala – the Festival of Colours on April 1. We aren’t fooling anyone when we say the event was a huge success!

Guests celebrated in colourful style, enjoying gourmet foods, as well as an array of entertainment and fun in celebration of the renewal of springtime. Headline performer Harbhajan Mann had the sold out crowd of 800 on their feet and dancing to some of his biggest hits.

The event raised over $277,000, which was matched by Orlando Corporation’s $15 Million Matching Challenge, resulting in a $554,000 contribution to Osler’s redevelopment initiatives at Brampton Civic, Etobicoke General and the new Peel Memorial. If you missed the excitement, check out our photo gallery from the event.

Our new campaign and record-setting signature events show us that when a community rallies around a worthy cause, incredible things can happen.

You have the power to build a healthy community.

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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!

Why we <3 our hospitals

Osler hospitals provide incredible care to members of the Brampton, Etobicoke and surrounding communities. Our staff, physicians and volunteers are passionate about providing patient-inspired care and are generous supporters of Osler Foundation.

In June, we learned that the Employee Giving Committee pledged $1 million to Osler Foundation on behalf of Osler staff in support of redevelopment initiatives at our three hospital sites. This pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Orlando Corporation’s $15 Million Matching Challenge, which means that $2 million will be raised to support exceptional patient care at Osler!

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that we have made great progress in renewing and expanding our facilities. As we continue to grow, we will need the support of the entire Osler community.

At the recent “topping off” celebration at Peel Memorial, Osler Foundation received the single largest donation to support the new facility to date. Brampton businessman Sajjad Ebrahim and his family announced a gift of $2.5 million, which will also be matched by Orlando Corporation.

There are hundreds of reasons why we love our hospitals, and there are just as many reasons why you should too. For example:

  • We’re providing access to health care programs and services that are most needed in the community.
  • We’re creating healing spaces for those we serve through our redevelopment efforts at all of our hospital sites.
  • We’re collaborating with our community health care partners in bold, new ways to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and from the right provider.

Donations to Osler don’t just support redevelopment projects. They enable us to acquire equipment and technology that help to deliver exceptional patient care, like our new humanoid robot named MEDiTM that will soon be used to comfort young patients at Osler hospitals.

There are many ways to get involved and show your support for Osler hospitals. In addition to the exciting summer events happening in the community, we announced the star-studded lineup that includes Blue Rodeo and Natalie MacMaster for our One Night. Two Shows. Three Hospitals. Benefit Concert on November 21. It’s my pleasure to attend this event each year and it is definitely one event that you won’t want to miss!

Do you support Osler Foundation? Tell us why you <3 Osler hospitals in the comments.

Inspired care leads to inspired giving

How do you say ‘thank you’ to someone who has provided you with exceptional care during your most vulnerable moments? Sometimes words and gestures just aren’t enough. That is why Osler Foundation provides many opportunities for patients and families to show their gratitude.

One example is the new Grateful Patient program, which offers patients a special way to say thank you, through their donation, to someone who has made a difference in their care. Each honouree is presented with a special heart-shaped pin and receives a personalized message of thanks telling them of the donation.

One of the best parts of my job as CEO is getting to share the stories of the incredible care our patients receive at Osler. Two such experiences inspired patients to acknowledge their care providers with a Grateful Patient pin:

  • Warren Topey came to Etobicoke General for urgent surgery. Thanks to the “understanding, compassion and skill” shown by Dr. John Morrell, he is once again able to live a full life. Warren was able to say a personal ‘thank you’ through a Grateful Patient gift in honour Dr. Morrell.
  • Surinder Gill came to Brampton Civic for a routine test when she learned she needed immediate surgery to remove her enlarged appendix, which had a cancerous tumour that was previously undiscovered. The expertise of Dr. Kashif Irshad saved her life and making a Grateful Patient gift in his honour was her way of saying ‘thanks.’

There are other ways to show your support for Osler, like participating in our signature events. Mark your calendars as this summer promises to be one of the most exciting ever for Osler Foundation!

Osler Open: Etobicoke Invitational
The Summit Golf & Country Club – September 14, 2015

One of our most popular events, the Osler Open: Etobicoke Invitational helps drive home support for the redevelopment of Etobicoke General.

Walk ‘n’ Roll for Healthy Kids
Etobicoke General – September 19, 2015

New this year, our inaugural Walk ‘n Roll for Healthy Kids is a 5km walk along the Humber River that will raise funds for children’s services Etobicoke General.

All funds raised at these events will be generously matched as part of our $15M Matching Challenge. It’s an extra incentive to get out and get involved – we hope to see you there!

New funding will help Etobicoke General will bring care closer to home

Etobicoke General Hospital is busy on the best of days and when special guests stop by, the pace picks up even more.

On Monday the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, visited Etobicoke General with local MPPs Yvan Baker (MPP Etobicoke-Centre) and Peter Milczyn (MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore) to make an important announcement about expanded health care services in our community.

Osler will receive funding for a new satellite dialysis centre at Etobicoke General. This means great things for the community. Not only will Osler be able to offer access to 36 new dialysis stations for life-sustaining treatments and patient training for at-home dialysis, it will also enable us to provide care closer to home for patients living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

While the satellite dialysis centre will be operated at Etobicoke General, it will be jointly used by Osler and our partners at Humber River Hospital. This new partnership will help put people and patients first while relieving pressure on existing kidney care programs at Osler and Humber River Hospital.

We heard first-hand how this announcement will change the way we provide access to care for patients like Robert Johnstone, who travels from his home in Etobicoke to Brampton Civic Hospital three times a week for dialysis. By receiving treatment closer to home, Robert and his wife Linda will spend significantly less time travelling between appointments, experience less stress and have a better quality of life.

Osler is the Regional CKD Program for the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), one of 26 Regional CKD programs in Ontario. With more than 72,000 visits to Osler’s renal clinic in 2013-14 alone, we are one of the fastest growing regional programs and this distinction, coupled with new funding from the province, reinforces our position as a health care leader for kidney care in Ontario.

The satellite dialysis centre will occupy 27,000 square feet of a new Ancillary Services Building, which is the part of first phase of the renewal and expansion of Etobicoke General. While the opening of the facility is still a few years away, this commitment from the province is a clear indication of its continued support that will help shape the future of the hospital and the community it serves.

While it may not feel like spring just yet, we welcomed it with open arms at our Holi Gala on Friday evening in support of Osler Foundation. All 750 guests enjoyed spectacular musical and dance performances, feasted on flavourful Indian dishes, and rubbed elbows with special guests. Thanks to you we raised more than $160,000, which will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar by Orlando Corporation as part of its $15 Million Matching Challenge to support the redevelopment projects at Osler’s three hospitals.

Relive the excitement, or see it for the first time, by checking out our photo gallery from Friday night!

One Night. Two Stars. And a $15 million pledge for Osler.

As a huge music fan, one of the highlights of my social calendar is Osler Foundation’s One Night«Two Stars«Three Hospitals Benefit Concert, presented by Metrus Development Inc. Performances by Canadian superstars Tom Cochrane with Red Rider and Chantal Kreviazuk raised the roof, but a transformational pledge from Orlando Corporation to donate up to $15 million to Osler’s three hospital sites as part of a unique matching challenge gift raised the bar.

This pledge is the single largest challenge match gift made to a community hospital in Canada – but it comes with a catch. Orlando Corporation will match every dollar contributed to this campaign by Osler’s generous donors, physicians and staff who are so devoted to our three hospitals.

Fully realized, this challenge gift has the potential to generate $30 million and will kick start Osler’s $100 million multi-year capital campaign. Orlando Corporation will donate up to $5 million to support each of Osler’s three sites: Brampton Civic Hospital; Etobicoke General Hospital; and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

The night got even better once the performers took to the stage with Chantal Kreviazuk bringing her piano to life and Tom Cochrane bringing the crowd to its feet as we all sang along.

Proceeds from the event will fund redevelopment projects and the latest generation of medical technology and diagnostic equipment needs across all three sites.

Transformational gifts are important. But it’s also important to remember that we can all play an invaluable role in supporting our hospitals by connecting grateful patients, who want to say “thanks” for the care they received, with Osler Foundation.

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