On April 17 we celebrated our 12th annual Diversity Dinner, welcoming over 27 cultural organizations within the Waterloo Region. This special night highlights the efforts of many multi-cultural groups championing the hospital. Each year our dinner is hosted by one cultural organization and this year we would like to thank the Armenian Community Centre for hosting.
Thanks to our special guest speaker, Dr. Anil Maheshwari, Chief of Family Medicine. Guests had the pleasure of hearing about his passion for his work and the improvements he has seen with patient care at the hospital.
This year we also recognized 9 cultural organizations that have been hard at work fundraising for the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Funds raised will go towards the WeCareCMH Campaign, to help put equipment and life-saving tools into the hands of our staff.
Thank you to those that were able to attend and continue to support the work we do, and a big thank you to our sponsor this year - African Lion Safari.
What a great pleasure it is to spend this week celebrating the volunteer here at CMH and the Recovery Room Shop. Quite often volunteers themselves don’t have the time to volunteer. Yet these exceptional people have incredible heart, and because of that, they make the time to volunteer. We are so thankful for all that they do, including their kind greetings, listening ear, unprompted assistance and unwavering support for our community.
We would like to thank the CMH staff, physicians and students who help support our volunteers and include them as an integral part of their teams. We would also like to acknowledge all the “unofficial” volunteers amongst us who may be found doing numerous good deeds including: helping their neighbors, donating food, and coordinating sports teams and clubs - we say thank you, and join in celebrating how important you are to our community.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 2:16 PM
Shrine Club Donates $6000 to CMH!
Gary Stewart, President of the Cambridge Shrine Club presents a cheque to Rosemary Lywood, Manager of Women & Children’s. The funds are from the Shrine Club’s Bingo proceeds and go to assist local kids, like the ones we serve at CMH.
This donation of $6,000 will purchase one of the Crib Stretchers like the one pictured, that will be moved into the new wing with the department later this year. Thank you Cambridge Shriners for your gifts of over $155,000 to CMH over the years!
Fun fact: Did you know that Shriner’s head wear is properly called a ‘Fez’?
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 4:14 PM
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada donates
Employees of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada had a chance to tour the new wing and view what will soon become the new TMMC Cafeteria! (our present Cafeteria was named temporarily for TMMC, but the naming was intended for the new space)
Suzanne, Lynn and Scott were excited to see the progress since October. They were thrilled that TMMC will be represented in this beautiful new space that will bring everyone together.
Toyota has been a loyal investor in CMH donating over $300,000 to our Capital Campaign since 2013!.
Many thanks, TMMC!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 4:21 PM
$750 raised by the Ontario Muslim Academy
Ontario Muslim Academy raised funds through the generosity of the Muslim Community of Cambridge. This is just a small token of their appreciation for the awesome medical services provided by CMH.
Thank you to the Ontario Muslim Academy for stopping in at the Foundation office to make a wonderful donation of $750. Over the winter holiday, the staff and students held a bake sale and loose ‘change’ fundraiser in support of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation. Funds raised from the Ontario Muslim Academy will be donated to the WeCareCMH Campaign.
Thank you for all your hard work!
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 10:17 AM
Read a note on our new Mental Health Unit from CMH President and CEO, Patrick Gaskin
“I want to take you to our Inpatient Mental Health Unit.
This unit has limited access to the outdoors – patients, when they are well enough – can take up to ten minutes to get outside.
Today, as a patient in Mental Health Unit, you have access to one shower. This shower is the size of a closet that opens into the Mental Health unit’s hallway. Furthermore, the door does not lock. It is a shower that can be opened by any one at any time.
Now let me take you briefly to the Mental Health unit in the new patient care wing.
Your first impression will be will be how much light drenches the unit.
Light is an important part of the healing process. It was purposely designed as a feature in the new build.
From morning to night, the large floor to ceiling windows will provide healing light to the entire floor. I’m struck by the words of a Mental Health Family Advisory Council Member who described the space as “bright and cheery – much different than what you would expect from a Mental Health Unit.”
We brought the outdoors to the Mental Health Unit by building in Terraces. These outdoor spaces provide our patients with a glimpse of the beautiful vistas Cambridge and the Grand River has to offer. They don’t need to leave the floor to get fresh air.
Furthermore, every inpatient room in mental is equipped with its own shower and bathroom. While this seems like common sense and expected in the design of a hospital building, it is more than that.
It allows us to give our patients back their dignity. Their confidence. Their ability to take care of themselves in a safe environment.
We are building more than a new hospital and purchasing new equipment. We are transforming the way we provide care.
We want our patients to feel supported, safe, and well cared for when they enter our hospital.
To this point, bricks and mortar do not make our patients feel cared for; A hospital is really made up of people. Our staff, our physicians, our visitors, our families, our patients, and just as important, it is made up of you – volunteers, donors, and friends.
You are the ones that make this possible and I am heartened that you will take this campaign over the top. Thank you."
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Success Continues for Best Bites – Taste of the Region!
Best Bites is an annual partnership fundraiser between CMH Foundation and the Rotary Club of Cambridge (Preston-Hespeler). This September tasting event features a large auction and entertainment in a beautiful park setting. Together with presenting sponsors, MNP and RBC, last fall’s Best Bites raised over $78,000. CMH’s portion was directed to a new CT Scanner, part of the hospital WeCareCMH Campaign. Yesterday, the Preston-Hespeler Rotary was presented with their portion of $22,015 that will go towards local Rotary community projects. Thank you to all our event sponsors, volunteers and especially our Rotarians for their hard work and efforts in making Best Bites another successful event! Mark your calendar for this year’s event on September 9, 2018.
Posted by: Alexandra Wolosinecky at 3:38 PM
Grupo das Amigas does it again!
Thank you to the Grupo das Amigas for stopping in at the Foundation office to make an amazing donation of $15,000, pictured with the ladies from the Grupo das Amigas are Dr. Arthur Eugenio, Chief of the Emergency Department and Kim Siegel, Director of Clinical Programs.
The Grupo das Amigas’ annual fundraising dinner celebrating “Friendship Day” included over 400 women and an amazing auction, the event was held Saturday, February 3rd at the Portuguese Club of Cambridge. This year proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of a bladder scanner for the Medical/Surgical Department.
We are exceptionally grateful to each attendee, sponsor and volunteer for making this event a success every year. Thank you to the ladies who spend all year planning this event.
This long standing dinner has helped raised over $100,000 for Cambridge Memorial Hospital since 2009.
Way to go! Thank you so much for your continued support!