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Baillie family donates $500,000 to OSMH

12/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

(December 8, 2014  – Orillia, ON) –   Former Orillian and noted philanthropist Alexander Charles Baillie and his wife Marilyn today announced a personal donation of $500,000 to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of paediatric care at OSMH.


The donation was made in honour of his late father, Dr. Charles Baillie, a well-known and highly respected family physician in Orillia for 56 years (1934-1990).   Dr. Baillie was renowned for continuing to make house calls well into his senior years and was named to the hospital’s Honourary Staff Group in 1991. 


“My father loved people and this community,” said Baillie.


“In his honour, we are delighted to share this gift with the hospital that meant so much to him and we are proud to see his affiliation carry on in support of young lives.”


In recognition of the donation, the hospital unit providing outpatient paediatric services will now be known as the Dr. Charlie Baillie Paediatric Clinic.   


“Dr. Baillie would be proud of the commitment to high quality care we’ve made in our paediatric neonatal and ambulatory programs,” said Dr. Michelle Gordon, Chief of Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine at OSMH.  “This generous donation is an inspiration to everyone involved in the delivery of care at our hospital.”


OSMH provides specialized paediatric care at an intermediate level between primary community hospitals and tertiary level centers for the North Simcoe Muskoka region. Five community hospitals currently refer paediatric patients to OSMH.


“The Baillies’ donation is especially poignant during this season of giving,” said Pat Campbell, OSMH President and CEO.  “Their support will further enhance our ability to provide high quality care to paediatric patients throughout North Simcoe and Muskoka.”


“Orillia has a well-earned reputation for generosity and community support and the Baillies are an outstanding example of that commitment to the community,” said Nicole McCahon, Executive Director of the OSMH Foundation.


About Alexander Charles Baillie

Alexander Charles Baillie was born in Orillia in 1939.  He was educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard Business School before embarking on a highly successful career in finance.  He began working for Toronto Dominion Bank in 1964 and later held the position of CEO at TD Bank Financial Group from 1997 – 2002.  Mr. Baillie was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006 and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2008. Mr. Baillie holds an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University and from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.  He is a Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University and is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music.


About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation

The OSMH 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.




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


Terry Dyni

Director, Community Relations

Tel.: 705-327-9179

E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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