New Oakville Hospital to have Gujarati Community’ Wing


Gujarati seniors taking a tour of the hospital

Oakville, November 28 (CINEWS): On Wednesday, 21st Oct 2015, a group of donors and some of the individuals from “Gujarati Seniors” were invited for a tour of the “Gujarati Community” wing at the New Oakville Hospital on Dundas Street at Third Line. The two hour tour was given by Tina Triano, CEO, and Mandy Walsh, Director at the Oakville Hospital Foundation. The naming of the wing honoured the community which raised more than $508,000 for the foundation. One of the donors alone contributed $250,000.
About 25 guests had assembled in the atrium, which had a welcoming, warm fireplace and a wall electronic display with the names of donors. Among the many areas which were shown in the tour were: the emergency department, the patient rooms, the dining and food court, rehabilitation floor, physiotherapy fitness rooms, as well as our community wing. Within the ‘Gujarati Community’ wing, we have more than a dozen rooms named after individual donors who have committed funds to equip these patient rooms. Each bright and airy room has a sofa bed for a family member to stay overnight, there is also a computer to enable patient to order meal from a menu, a self-contained decontamination system, etc. The hospital will have more than 400 rooms, about 80% of which will be single patient rooms.
One of the rooms has been named as “Gujarati Seniors” room to reflect the donations to be given by the fund raising effort by this organisation over the next five years. “Gujarati Seniors” had a very successful Gala event in August when we performed “A Journey …” dance drama and raised more than $5,500 towards the fund. President, Kirit Patel presented a cheque to the Hospital in front of the “Gujarati Community” plaque. He thanked the community members who have stepped forward to donate funds to enable a first in Canada, whereby the wing is named as “Gujarati Community” wing. Tina Triano reminisced about a coffee shop meeting between Kirit and herself some three years ago, which has resulted in this accomplishment; and she thanked Kirit for his leadership and the individual donors who have stepped forward to make this happen.
The hospital is due to open on 13 December 2015, and is reported as one of the most technologically advanced in Ontario. Ꮠ

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