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McHappy Day Supports Infants at OSMH

5/1/2009 12:00:00 AM

(Friday, May 1, 2009 – Orillia, ON) – Wrapping your hands around a Big Mac this McHappy Day will help parents wrap their arms around their newborns in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH). 

 

Half of the proceeds raised locally from the sale of a McMuffin sandwich, Happy Meal and Big Mac sandwich on Wednesday, May 6 (McHappy Day) will go towards the purchase of a Biliblanket for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

 

“We wanted to make a difference in our community,” says local store owner Roy Pearn. “Across Canada, McHappy day will improve the lives of children. In our community we will be helping to improve the lives of newborns in OSMH’s neonatal intensive care unit. That just seemed like a natural fit.”

 

The lightweight, fibreoptic biliblanket is a portable phototherapy device used for the treatment of jaundice. While infants may typically experience jaundice after birth, severe cases require medical intervention to avoid serious complications. The blanket allows staff to easily care for the infant and allows parents to hold their babies instead of leaving them in an enclosed incubator. When appropriate the infants may also be discharged with the blanket.

 

“McDonald’s has a long history of supporting our hospital and it is a great honour to be chosen again as the designated charity,” says Nicole McCahon, Executive Director of the OSMH Foundation. “Because of this effort we will be able to purchase equipment to support this vital service, for our children, our families, and our future.”

 

Every year McHappy Day at McDonald’s restaurants across Canada raises funds for children’s charities. It relies on support from across the community. Local politicians, celebrities and hospital leaders will be just some of the people pitching in to make the day a success.

 

Join us for McHappy Day on May 6, at Orillia’s two McDonald locations: at Wal-mart and on Memorial Avenue. Half the proceeds from every sale will support the youngest patients at OSMH.

 

 

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and the people of Orillia and North Simcoe/Muskoka. The foundation provides funds to the hospital to buy medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community based healthcare.

 

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

 

Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T:(705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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