Cambridge Toyota raises $3600 for the Trees of Caring Campaign
For over 19 years, Cambridge Toyota has been running a promotion for the holiday season with proceeds to CMH. Twenty-five dollars is donated from each new or used car purchased in November and December.
New owners receive a Trees of Caring card and a warm feeling when they drive their vehicle past the tree display. Since 1993 this incentive has contributed over $65,000 to Trees of Caring.
Today they presented this years total of $3600. Thank you Cambridge Toyota!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 1:22 PM
Trees of Caring- a letter from Lisa Short, Executive Director CMHF
Dear Community Member,
When I see the Trees of Caring this holiday season, I won’t just be thinking how the lights make Cambridge Memorial Hospital look more festive.
I’ll also be thinking about how all those lights are buying equipment for our new hospital. The donations lighting up those strings will help buy the medical tools and technology that will help families, friends, and neighbours in our community… people like my Mom.
I’ll think about the equipment Mom’s doctor used in the routine colonoscopy that found cancer in her colon. The diagnostic machines that found another mass on her kidney, and the sophisticated tools her surgeons used during two minimally invasive surgeries a few winters ago.
You probably know that laparoscopic surgery needs much smaller incisions than traditional operations. Surgeons insert a slender tube, containing a tiny camera and surgical instruments, through cuts that are usually no more than a half-inch long.
Minimally invasive surgery allowed Mom to heal faster and get back to the business of being a Grandma. Today her helping hands support the busy lives of many family members. We’ve continued to make great memories with Mom, and I know we’ll feel extra grateful that she will be part of our Christmas morning ritual once again.
As a daughter, I’m grateful to you for supporting Cambridge Memorial Hospital this year. As the Executive Director of our hospital’s Foundation, I’m grateful that you helped to give our doctors and other medical staff the tools they need to take excellent care of our loved ones.
I’m sure you know that the hospital relies 100% on community donations to pay for the life-saving equipment in Emergency, the operating rooms, the diagnostic bays, and on the units. I’m asking you, in honour of those you love, to make a special year-end donation to the Trees of Caring Campaign.
Since joining the Foundation a year ago, I’ve been humbled and inspired by generous people like you who understand that investing in our hospital is the cornerstone of a strong community. We are so lucky to have passionate staff at Cambridge Memorial who are dedicated to saving and improving lives, every day of the year.
They are present for many of our big moments in life. The births and deaths, the sudden traumas and routine surgeries, the life-threatening events. These dedicated professionals hold our hands during the first hellos, and the last goodbyes, and everything in between.
In turn, we need to make sure they have the tools and technology they need to provide excellent care to our families.
As you know, we have a brand new hospital wing to fill with equipment. Everything from bedpans to surgical tools, heart monitors to infant warmers. It will take a sustained commitment from all of us to make that happen.
I know that many in our community have been frustrated by the delays in opening the new wing at Cambridge Memorial, including our staff. But we are determined to accept nothing less than the best, safest facilities for our community.
In the meantime, staff continue to rise above the outdated facilities in the hospital to provide high quality care. As the Chief of Emergency said to me, “If we’re able to do great things in the facilities we have now, just imagine what we’ll be able to do in the new space!”
That exciting potential is about to be unleashed in the coming months when staff and patients finally begin to occupy the new wing. Our medical staff are eager to be able to provide expanded services. Patients are eager for more privacy. Demand is already high for the additional patient beds, most of them in single rooms.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about this new era of patient care at Cambridge Memorial, and ready to continue your commitment to our hospital with a year-end gift to the Trees of Caring Campaign today.
I also hope you know that every donation counts. Rest assured that your gift will go straight to the highest equipment priorities for your hospital. Together, donors can take pride in the community hospital that we are building together!
Thank you again for your wonderful support for Cambridge Memorial.
P.S. As I sit writing to you now, the Trees of Caring are ablaze with community spirit. And as we close out 2018, I’m hoping I can appeal to your spirit of generosity once again. Every donation you make to Cambridge Memorial’s Trees of Caring Campaign represents new equipment that will save and improve the lives of our loved ones, neighbours, coworkers and friends. Please send your year-end donation today!
Thirty-eight years a surgeon, sixty-fourthousand patients treated and one awesome career.
In December 2016, Dr. Scott Geddes retired — well sort of. Dr. Geddes first came to Cambridge Memorial Hospital in 1979 and chose our hospital over many others because he loved the city and wanted to work close to family. Although interested in all aspects of surgery, Dr. Geddes found his passion in general surgery. It was a field in which he thought he could provide the best possible care for the most people.
Quickly integrating himself within the CMH family Dr. Geddes became a tireless champion for our Foundation. When asked what motivated him, he responded,
The Foundation is very important for the hospital. We get money from the government for salaries, bricks, and mortar, but as surgeons, the funding we get for the equipment we use comes from our community. It’s important to give back, and I chose to help raise funds so that we can provide the best care possible to our patients.
Retirement brought a whole new set of fun activities for Dr. Geddes, like spending more time with family, going to the cottage and getting on his bike for long trips. Six months into his well-deserved retirement, he found himself missing the bustle of surgery and helping people. So, he recently stepped back into the operating room as an assistant and continued his role as an assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He also maintained his carpal tunnel clinic at the hospital. In addition to all of this, he decided to accept an opportunity to cover a six-month leave in general surgery. As Dr. Geddes says, “I guess I haven’t yet completely retired.”
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 9:14 AM
Sarmazian Brothers Flooring Gives Back to CMH!
$9000 Raised from Sarmazian Floorings One Day Sale!
Thank you to all those that stopped by Sarmazian Brothers Flooring for their one day sale on October 27th. Armig Sarmazian, Jack Vessoyan, Sareen Sarmazian and Raffi Sarmazian stopped by the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation today to present us with their proceeds of $9000! We are so lucky to having such caring community partners. Sarmazian Brothers Flooring are long time supporter of CMH and you will notice their name on our Caring Business Donor Wall in the new wing! Thank you for visiting!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 12:04 PM
Name a Room
Create Your Legacy
Name a Room in the New and Renovated Cambridge Memorial Hospital
As individuals, or by joining with your friends, buy a room*at CMH and honour your relationships with this meaningful gesture of support.
For more information, please contact the CMH Foundation at 519-740-4966 or email us at [email protected]
Stories of Giving
The Cermak Family Honouring their Daughters Legacy
Often individuals choose to name a room after a loved one. For the Cermak Family finding ways to honour their daughter Naomi has been a source of joy.
“Although Naomi’s time here on earth was short, she made an impact on her friends and in the scientific community. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of
Maastricht in the Netherlands and won the Young Investigators Award at the European College of Sports Science in 2011 for her beet root juice presentation. Naomi was to be a keynote speaker in Barcelona the following year but became ill at this time.
She had given presentations in Europe and North America and was on her way to creating her niche in research. For her legacy to live on there has been a Memorial Scholarship set up at Brock University, the University of Maastricht and at McMaster University. Now we would like to remember her by naming a room in our local hospital. She is always with us and we hope in the future others will remember her for what she accomplished and for the wonderful person she was as a daughter, sister, friend, scholar and athlete.”
It was a pleasure for us to help the Cermaks fulfill their vision in honour of Naomi.
Robert H. (Bob) McClurkin Giving Back
You could say that giving back is in Bob McClurkin’s blood. Bob has lived in Cambridge since he was six years old, went on to become an OPP officer and is now retired from the force. He started giving to Cambridge Memorial Hospital over 20 years ago and proudly reports that he has donated blood 161 times in his lifetime.
Not long ago, Bob required surgery and spent some time under the watchful eye of the nurses and doctors in our surgical unit. Bob’s gratitude for the care he received prompted him to look for yet another way to give back. When he learned of the Buy a Room Program in support of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, he didn’t hesitate to make
a donation to name a room on the Surgical floor to show his appreciation.
Rita Westbrook Supporting her Community
Rita Westbrook has spent her entire life dedicated to the service of others. Raised in a family that immigrated from Europe after the war, her family knew hardship. Rita witnessed firsthand the way her parents cared for others and welcomed them into their home to share what very little they had.
It was from these humble beginnings that service to her community evolved naturally. Rita served with the Waterloo Regional Police Service for over 35 years and retired as a Superintendent. She spent many years volunteering on boards throughout
our community, including the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Board (2011–2016) and currently on the WWLHIN Board. When asked about her years of service, Rita replies “Giving back has always felt like the right thing to do.”
Rita feels strongly that the hospital represents an important part of a thriving community. She states “our hospital is always going to be there for us; but in order for it to be there for us with the very best, we have to support it”.
Rita has been giving to CMH for many years. After the loss of her husband in 2017, Rita decided to name a room in the new wing of the hospital in his honour. When asked about why she gives, Rita points out all that she is grateful for including
a good life and a rewarding career. She believes you have to give something back when you have been given so much.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 2:59 PM
The Stars Have Aligned With Our Trees of Caring Partners
Our Trees of Caring along Coronation Boulevard are beginning to shine brightly! Leading the generosity are our 3 Star donors who together have contributed $9,000 to help purchase patient equipment for Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH). Ten additional corporate donors have contributed with bronze sponsorships.
We would like to recognize 12 years of steadfast holiday support from the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch 272, who have once again lit the prominent Bronze Star. We would also like to welcome Farm Mutual Re who has lit our Silver Star this year, and celebrate the donation of Cambridge Brass who holds this year’s Gold Star, all in support of the Trees of Caring at CMH.
The Star program is part of the Trees of Caring Campaign, now in its 30th year. Donations will purchase patient equipment for the new wing, helping put the best tools possible into the hands of our physicians, nurses and allied professionals.
“We were so pleased to have our communities continued support for 30 years of Trees of Caring. It speaks to the generosity this community shows each and every year. Our community continues to rally around CMH and the WeCareCMH Campaign and for that we are grateful.” – Lisa Short, Executive Director, CMH Foundation
Another community partner raising funds for local healthcare is Cambridge Toyota. For over 19 years, Cambridge Toyota has been running a promotion for the holiday season with proceeds to CMH. Twenty-five dollars is donated from each new or used car purchased in November and December. New owners receive a Trees of Caring card and a warm feeling when they drive their vehicle past the tree display. Since 1993 this incentive has contributed over $65,000 to Trees of Caring. Thank you Cambridge Toyota!
Donations can be made anytime at our secure website www.cmhfoundation.ca. You can also pay us a visit at the CMH Foundation Office (700 Coronation Blvd) or call 519.740.4966
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 9:04 AM
OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY FROM PATRICK GASKIN, PRESIDENT AND CEO
These are all appropriate words to describe the two-year delay of the much needed expansion of services at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Everyone has waited long enough. Everyone deserves to know what we are doing to finish this project.
What is happening with construction on the site?
Months have passed with little construction work being done. Work slowed when subcontractors stopped coming on site. The subcontractors claimed they were not getting paid by the contractor. By September, Zurich Insurance got involved to settle their claims. Despite this intervention, there is minimal work at our site and we have not received a schedule that shows when we will get the new wing.
What is the hospital doing about it?
Since delays have started on our project, we issued a number of ‘notices of default.’ In August, we formally started a process that gave the contractor and lenders 120 days to remedy the situation. This period ends December 11.
What happens December 12?
If no steps are taken and we do not get a satisfactory strategy to complete the work, we have every intention of exercising our rights in the project agreement. This includes making a demand on the performance bond or, if necessary, terminating the contract. By exercising our options, this project will get finished.
Why was this contractor picked?
The hospital followed the government’s procurement process. Contractors and their project lenders were pre-qualified, and five teams were invited to submit proposals. The winning proposal received the highest score during the evaluation phase.
Will our community need to pay more?
We signed a contract in 2014 at a fixed price. Our position is that we will only pay the agreed upon amounts stated in the contract when certain milestones are met. The hospital has not yet had to pay for the construction of the new wing.
Last year, we were assured these delays would be overcome and that the entire project would be finished in 2019, just a few months behind the original schedule. As of today, we have no guaranteed completion date for the new wing, let alone a start date for the more complicated renovations of the current hospital.
This affects everyone! We cannot hire new staff and attract new physicians to expand much needed services. We cannot enhance the care we provide with the new, modern equipment that you, our generous community, have provided through the fundraising efforts.
Rest assured, we are committed to act so that this project can move forward and we will update you before the end of December on how we will proceed.
Patrick M. Gaskin, MHA, CHE
President and CEO
Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Award win as “Volunteer Group of the Year”
What an incredible opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the WeCareCMH North Dumfries Campaign Committee, as we share their Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Award win as “Volunteer Group of the Year”
Genuine community spirit and remarkable enthusiasm for a better healthcare experience and facilities motivates this committee’s innovative approach to fundraising, and drives their success to the benefit of all in the community CMH serves. This dedicated group of a dozen volunteers set out on their mission in 2015 with a goal of $250,000. Within one year they had raised their goal to $500,000 and are still going strong with over $2M raised to date, and a commitment to continue actively fundraising until 2019.
The Emergency Department Waiting Room in the hospital’s new wing is named in honour of North Dumfries Community donors who have responded keenly to the committee’s requests. Fundraising events like dinner dances, ham dinners and a historical house tour have been an important part of this committee’s fundraising, and has helped to build community awareness of hospital needs and how equipment is 100% community funded.
Thank you to the Chamber for celebrating community volunteers and to Reid Heritage Homes for sponsoring this ‘Volunteer Group of the Year’ award!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 9:15 AM
Volunteer of the Year- Erica Tennenbaum
We are so excited to congratulate Erica Tennenbaum, Co-Chair of our Best Bites Committee for her recent ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award bestowed by the Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards.
Erica has such great passion for this community - for the hospital and for Rotary especially. It is her commitment as a Rotarian that brought her to the role as co-chair of Best Bites, a role she has served with enthusiasm for almost a decade. Rotary has been an integral part of Erica’s life since she was an early teen. Her 24 years of service taught her about volunteering and the impact one person can have on their community. Erica showed great leadership in 2006 when she led a group of Rotarians in convincing the Hospital Foundation to revive the Taste of the Region event from its former days at Langdon Hall. She believes the current Best Bites event has become a win-win for all who participate– restaurants, businesses, community guests and two deserving charities. Erica also credits her Co-chair, Amy Cottenie, from MNP, and their tenured committee of volunteers for the event’s success. These dedicated individuals are the reason Erica has enjoyed serving in this capacity and raising funds for CMH.
Thank you to the Chamber for celebrating community volunteers and to McSevney Ebben LLP for sponsoring this ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 10:11 AM
Growing Trees of Caring Together
Cambridge businesses help to brighten the Trees of Caring Campaign
To celebrate the 30th year of Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s (CMH) Trees of Caring campaign the program is expanding into new corners of the community! As we continue our tradition of lighting trees in front of our hospital, local businesses are invited to lead our new Community Trees of Caring initiative by hosting a Tree of Caring of their own and collecting donations for CMH.
This program started last year with the support of Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa (just off Blair Rd.), and EPTCON Ltd (Bishop St. location). This year Trees will once again be shining brightly at both of these locations.
Langdon Hall has been a generous supporter of the Trees of Caring campaign and will continue to host a tree lighting event, in support of CMH on December 3rd. In addition to this event they will also have a staff giving campaign. In 2017 their efforts raised over $4,500 towards new equipment for the Women & Children’s Department at CMH, last year’s Trees of Caring’s focus.
Joining this community initiative for the first time to celebrate 30 years of Trees is Chartwell Retirement Residence (Queen Square), Renna Financial Team (Bishop St) and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce (Hespeler Rd).
“The Trees of Caring Program is an amazing 30 year tradition and we are proud that it continues to shine brightly in our community. This is a wonderful time of year for all of us at the Foundation as so many donors join with us to honour someone special with a light on our trees. We are grateful for 30 years of caring and support and look forward to growing the program through our initiative that invites local businesses to get on board. We envision that in future years, Trees of Caring will light up offices, lobbies and outdoor spaces all across Waterloo Region. Helping Cambridge Memorial Hospital provide the very best healthcare for our families, friends and neighbours.” shares Lisa Short CMHF Executive Director
All Community Trees of Caring Partners are provided with a Marketing Toolkit including posters, donation boxes, light bulb ornaments and table signs as well as support from the CMHF staff team.
Over 300 generous donors have already given over $37,300 to our Trees of Caring. This year’s goal is to raise $270,000. These funds will assist CMH in purchasing specialized equipment for the new wing.
Each gift will provide care and comfort to patients at CMH. Lighting a bulb ($10) or string of lights ($250) can honour someone special your life, or the memory of a loved one.
Donations can be made securely online at www.cmhfoundation.ca, dropped off at the CMH Foundation Office (700 Coronation Blvd), or by calling 519.740.4966.
For more information or to become a Community Trees of Caring business please email [email protected]