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Hospital Gala raises $70,000 for Paed/NICU project

10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Orillia, ON) – The 15th Annual Hospital Gala, the Crystal Ball, raised $70,000 in support of the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s (OSMH) Paediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) project. Hosted by the OSMH Foundation and Casino Rama Resort on Friday, October 14th, funds were raised through ticket sales, sponsorship, and a live and silent auction.

“We had an incredible sold out evening at Casino Rama Resort, and I can’t thank our sponsors, donors and attendees enough for their support,” said Lorraine Bergeron, Chair, 15th Annual Hospital Gala Committee. “Our communities always step up to ensure patients at OSMH have access to the best care possible.” 

Construction of the Paed/NICU space has officially started, and the renovations are anticipated to be complete in early 2017. The $2.7-million project will see the NICU more than double in size from 955 square-feet to 2,200 square-feet. Essential equipment will also be replaced, including incubators, ventilators and cardiac monitors. 

“Thanks to our amazing supporters, we are one step closer to having an enhanced Paed/NICU space for newborns across the region,” explained Nicole McCahon, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation. “The $2.7-million project is entirely funded by community support to the OSMH Foundation, which is why events like the 15th Annual Hospital Gala are so important.”

Since it began in 2002, the hospital gala has raised more than $750,000 in support of the hospital’s greatest needs. In previous years, the gala has supported the Electronic Medical Record system, cancer care and vital equipment purchases at OSMH.

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: 

Carleigh Bodrug, Communications Officer, OSMH Foundation 

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