Oakville Hospital Foundation

December 13, 2010 10:30 ET

Oakville Hospital Foundation announces an inspirational gift

Community philanthropists support the New Oakville Hospital in a big way

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDEA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2010) - For more than 20 years, Betty Birmingham, and her late husband Bruce, have been loyal supporters of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH). On December 16th, 2010 the Oakville Hospital Foundation will host an event to announce and celebrate a tremendous $3.5 million contribution from Betty and Bruce Birmingham to the new Oakville Hospital Campaign, bringing their donations to the hospital to more than $8.1 million.

"I'm often asked why Bruce and I support philanthropic causes like this," says Betty Birmingham. "The answer is simple; Bruce always believed that you support the hospital in your community and that you lead by example, as do I."

The construction of the new Oakville Hospital is significant, as it will be one of the first hospitals in Ontario built using the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's new design guidelines for hospital construction. The new hospital will include a cancer clinic, marking the first time oncology services will be available within the community.

The Birminghams, also the Honourary Co-Chairs of the new Oakville Hospital Campaign, will have their gift recognized through the naming of the Birmingham Cancer and Medical Day Care Clinic.

"I am delighted that the new hospital will be opening an oncology clinic," says Betty. "Having had cancer and having to go outside the community for my treatments, I can appreciate the huge benefits of having a cancer clinic close to home."

The oncology component of the Clinic will provide patient assessment, teaching, counselling, information, chemotherapy administration, blood transfusions, procedures and clinical trials for oncology patients. Radiation treatment will continue to be provided at nearby regional cancer centres.

The Medical Day Care services within the Clinic will provide specialized outpatient care for patients requiring minor medical treatments, therapies or procedures that require a stay of 4-6 hours, including blood transfusions, investigative procedures including needle biopsies and intravenous (IV) injection therapy.

Up to $500,000 of the gift will be allocated towards a matching donation challenge to purchase essential medical equipment for the Cancer and Medical Day Care Clinic. Community donations towards this department will be matched, dollar for dollar - another example of how the Birmingham's believe in catalytic philanthropy.

"Betty and Bruce have been supporting the Oakville Hospital for more than 20 years and their continued commitment to our community's healthcare is truly inspiring," notes John Oliver, President & CEO of Halton Healthcare Services. "This tremendous gift will put new technology directly into the hands of our doctors and healthcare professionals and will provide our patients with access to an enhanced level of healthcare, close to home. This generous donation will touch thousands of lives in our community."

- Thursday, December 16, 2010

- Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
- Parson's Pantry, just off the main lobby
- Complimentary parking passes will be provided

- 11 am - 12 noon

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