Brampton - William Osler Health System hospitals are celebrating significant anniversaries this fall, and plans to mark these milestones are well underway with a number of activities and events planned in the community and in the hospitals over the weeks ahead.
Etobicoke General Hospital opened its doors on September 25, 1972 (40 years) after several years of grassroots community fundraising. Brampton Civic Hospital opened on October 28, 2007 (5 years) as the largest community hospital in Ontario. This year, Peel Memorial has also reached some noteworthy milestones in its journey of renewal. To commemorate these anniversaries and Peel Memorial's 82-year legacy of caring, an Osler-wide celebration is planned for the week of October 29 – celebrating “Safe and Compassionate Care….Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
The communities of Brampton, Etobicoke and the surrounding areas are invited to take part in Osler's anniversary activities and events. The most visual and visible activity as part of the celebrations is the '2012 Osler Anniversary Mosaic', which is themed, I ♥ MY Hospital
. The mosaic will be made up of messages from people in the community and across the hospital sharing congratulations, an expression of thanks based on an experience in an Osler hospital, or commemorating a loved one who was born at or cared for in one of the hospitals.
“We are proud of Osler's rich history of medical excellence, innovation, and great care that makes a difference in the lives of patients and their families,” said Kay Blair, Board Chair, William Osler Health System. “The Osler Anniversary Mosaic is a wonderful way to bring our hospital community together so that we can all be part of Osler's proud legacy of care.”
Mosaic sentiments can be a hand-written message or drawing, and must be received by October 5, 2012. Submissions need to be created on a white, 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and then scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at Osler Foundation offices, just inside the main entrance of each hospital. Online messages, stories and photos can also be shared through Osler's anniversaries webpage, CelebrateOsler.com
The community is also invited to commemorate the past and celebrate the future at Osler hospitals throughout the week of October 29 to November 3. Activities planned during the week include a multi-faith sunrise ceremony, displays of hospital archive items, and the unveiling of each hospital's Anniversary Mosaic. The events will culminate in a benefit concert for Osler on Saturday, November 3, at the Rose Theatre in Brampton.
To honour Peel Memorial's legacy and celebrate the next phase of its revitalization, a public event will also be held to unlock two Peel Memorial time capsules.
“These are exciting times for Osler with lots of great activities and events to look forward to as part of our anniversary celebrations,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System. “We encourage as many in the community as possible to complete a mosaic piece, submit a story about an Osler experience or memory, or join us in October for one of the events taking place across our hospital sites.”
Volunteers from the hospitals will also be on-hand in the community in September to help people share their Osler message or memory on the Anniversary Mosaic. On Saturday, September 15, volunteers will be at Shoppers World in Brampton, and on Saturday, September 29 at Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke. Everyone who shares a story and/or message for one of the 2012 Anniversary Mosaics along with their contact information will be entered into a draw to win tickets to the benefit concert on November 3.
For more information about Osler anniversary week activities, visit http://www.williamoslerhs.ca/