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Orillia Lions Club donates $10,000 for hospital EMR project

4/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

(Wednesday, April 13, 2016—Orillia, ON)-  The Orillia Lions Club is investing in local healthcare through a $10,000 donation to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH). The donation will go towards the hospital’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project.

"We chose to support the Electronic Medical Project because it impacts everyone at the hospital,” said long time Orillia Lions Club member, Alan Smale. “It will help improve service to patients, save the doctors time and reduce the potential for error.”

Scheduled to Go Live in early June, the EMR will replace most of the manual systems currently used for gathering, sharing and storing patient information. Fundraising for the multi-year, multi-million dollar project began in 2014.

“This donation further demonstrates the Orillia Lions ongoing support to our hospital and community,” said Nicole McCahon, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation.  “With the help of our community supporters, events, responses from direct mail and major gifts, we are able to implement a new system that will dramatically improve the quality of care we provide at our hospital.”

The Orillia Lions Club has a strong history of supporting the hospital, with total giving reaching more than $175,000. Their most significant contribution was a $75,000 donation towards building the hospital’s community tower.  

The Orillia Lions Club is a service club dedicated to enriching the Orillia community.  Their mission is to empower volunteers to serve their community, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. Members attend regular meetings and raise funds for various causes in the community. If you are interested in learning more about the club or becoming a member, please contact Lion John Rooney at rooney@muskoka.com.Visit their website at http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/orilliaca/

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.

About the Orillia Lions Club
The Orillia Lions Club, chartered in 1937, is a service club dedicated to enriching the Orillia community.  Their mission is to empower volunteers to serve their community, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. Members attend regular meetings and raise funds for various causes in the community. While their primary purpose is to assist the visually impaired, they also focus on youth by supporting the Orillia Youth Centre and the Summer Reading Program at the Library. If you agree with their mission and have a desire to serve your community, please contact Lion John Rooney at rooney@muskoka.com. Visit their website at http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/orilliaca/ 

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

Carleigh Bodrug, Communications Officer, OSMH Foundation
1-705-325-6464
E-mail: cbodrug@osmh.on.ca

(From left) Nicole McCahon, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation, Gina West, Denise Cole, Orillia Lions Club President, Mark Rolland, Ian Sinclair, Brenda Healy, Nicole Kraftscik, Development Officer, Major Gifts, OSMH Foundation (Back from left) John Rooney, Wendy Taylor, Bill Belfour, Alan Smale, Jamies Mask





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