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McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation Celebrates Transformational Gifts in support of the Enabling Dreams Campaign for the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre
December 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation Celebrates Transformational Gifts in support of the Enabling Dreams Campaign for the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre

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HAMILTON: On December 8, 2014, Pearl F. Veenema, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation announced that the Enabling Dreams Campaign in support of the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre had achieved more than 90% of its $6.5-million campaign goal. The campaign has told the stories, including the dreams, of children who are supported through McMaster Children’s Hospital and its programs currently operating out of the Chedoke site.

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President, McMaster Children’s Hospital, spoke with pride about how, when opened in the fall of 2015, “the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre will be the only centre of its kind in Canada, offering this breadth and combination of services including the Autism Spectrum Disorder Service, Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Program, Child and Youth Outpatient Mental Health Program and the Prosthetics and Orthotics Service, in a purpose-built facility designed to meet the specialized needs of children with physical, mental and developmental challenges”.

Three transformational gifts were announced at today’s event, held in the lobby of McMaster Children’s Hospital, in the presence of staff, patients and families who will benefit from the new Centre. All three gifts were from organizations with a long-standing history of supporting the health care needs of Hamilton and surrounding region, recognizing the leadership of Hamilton Health Sciences as the regional hub of specialty medical care.

The gifts include $3.25-million from the Chedoke Health Foundation, which has a more than 100 year history of contributing to the health and well-being of this community. In announcing the gift, Hamilton Health Sciences President and CEO, Rob MacIsaac, announced that “this tremendous gift will help ensure that the essential equipment and furnishings are in place in this new purpose-built and family-centred environment designed to enable the dreams of today’s generation and of generations to come. The Chedoke Health Foundation has been a cornerstone in our community, providing unwavering support for the growth and redevelopment of both Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences and this gift contributes to that legacy.”

In presenting the cheque, current Chedoke Health Foundation President, Urmas Soomet, indicated that “we were truly inspired by this campaign, and wanted to make a commitment that would serve as a lasting legacy to our history, and a tribute to the children of this community. Patients and families who receive care in these programs deserve our support. We are honoured that this gift can equip an environment that enables the realization of the dreams of these families.”

Hamilton District Society for Disabled Children announced a $1-million gift. “This gift, from a Society that oversaw the Children’s Developmental Rehabilitation Program until 1978 when the program transitioned to Chedoke Hospital, reflects a long history of caring, compassion and commitment to community and to these amazing children”, said Pearl Veenema in announcing and acknowledging the gift. Society President, Mark Matson, commented while presenting the cheque that “we are truly honoured to be able to make this gift. We are humbled by the dedication and strength of the patients and families who are cared for through the programs that will transition to the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre. With this gift, it is a privilege for us to ensure that the dedicated teams have the necessary equipment and comfortable furnishings to provide the appropriate care and support that these families deserve.”

ArcelorMittal Dofasco is known locally by their company motto “Our product is steel. Our strength is people.” Today, the company reaffirmed this core belief in announcing its $1-million investment in the Child and Youth Outpatient Mental Health Program. “For more than 100 years, the importance of people and community has been a part of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco story. Today’s gift is testimony to the company’s continued commitment as it represents a recognition that the epidemic of mental health issues amongst the young today, left untreated or continuously stigmatized, will directly impact the future health of our community”, said Pearl Veenema.

When making the announcement, ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s new President and CEO Sean Donnelly commented, “The McMaster Children’s Health Centre is an example of rethinking a challenge – and finding an innovative solution. This first-of-its-kind facility in Canada is truly a centre dedicated to children and their families with their needs in mind. The Children’s Mental Health Outpatient Program provides a much needed addition to the continuum of care in our community and we are honoured to take a leadership role in the effort to both provide leading mental health care and to de-stigmatize these illnesses which affect so many children and youth.”

At the event’s conclusion, Foundation President and CEO Pearl Veenema indicated that she “looks forward to the continued support from the community and in completing the campaign in advance of the new Health Centre’s opening in fall 2015.”


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About Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation:

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation is a registered charitable organization which includes Hamilton General Hospital Foundation, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation and all of their associated programs. Through the generosity of our donors, we fund capital redevelopment projects, purchase medical equipment and technology, and invest in research and education. Our mission is to raise funds and manage donor gifts to support outstanding clinical care and research for the communities served by Hamilton Health Sciences; our goal is Health Care, Transformed.

About McMaster Children’s Hospital:

McMaster Children’s Hospital is the regional referral centre for children who require specialized services in south-central Ontario, and is the fourth largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in Canada. With more than 211,000 patient visits a year, we provide a full range of specialized pediatric services including a dedicated emergency department, 40 outpatient clinics, the province’s largest neonatal intensive care unit and the only pediatric trauma centre in the region. In addition, a range of specialized outpatient services operate at the Chedoke site, including autism, developmental pediatrics and rehabilitation, and mental health. It is also home to the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and the internationally renowned Offord Centre for Child Studies.

For more information contact:

Tamara Pope
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
905-521-2100 ext. 43744
popetamara@hhsc.ca
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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