$5 Million Gift to the New Oakville Hospital to Enhance Diagnostic Imaging

Posted: April 13, 2011
OAKVILLE (April 12, 2011): Oakville residents will see enhancements to the diagnostic imaging services offered in their community thanks to a $5 million donation from the WB Family Foundation.

“This tremendous gift will help to ensure that Oakville residents have improved access to more advanced diagnostic imaging technology and services in their community,” said John Oliver, President and CEO of Halton Healthcare Services (HHS). “On behalf of all the staff, physicians and volunteers at the Hospital I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the WB Family Foundation for their very generous donation.”

The WB Family donation will contribute toward enhancing the diagnostic imaging department at the current OTMH and the new Oakville Hospital. “Advanced imaging provided by CT scanners, MRI equipment, digital mammography as well as other modalities in our department, are vital, non-invasive diagnostic tools that play a key role in enhancing our ability to provide for the medical needs of our community,” explained Dr. Robert Yu, Chief, HHS Diagnostic Imaging Department. “The generous support we receive from our community enables us to purchase the essential equipment we require to provide the best possible care to our patients.”

“I am pleased that our support of diagnostic imaging can help Oakville residents,” said Marilyn Beamish of The WB Family Foundation. “Our family and corporate family, The Woodbridge Group, has had connections to OTMH for more than 30 years. The Woodbridge Group employs thousands of people worldwide but Toronto and points west is home to many of our corporate employees. With our background in manufacturing, we continue to be interested in optimization of asset utility and are pleased when we hear of increased productivity of a CT or MRI.”

Diagnostic imaging technology is an area that can significantly impact the cost of healthcare in hospitals today. In addition to supporting the workflow of other departments in the hospital, advanced imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can shorten the length of a person's hospital stay and decrease the high costs associated with hospitalization. The new Oakville Hospital will provide MRI services for residents of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. HHS has plans to open the new hospital with a combination of five MRIs and CT scanners. Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital currently operates one MRI to service a catchment area of more than 300,000 people.

“With Oakville's population rapidly growing with new young families we feel fortunate to be in a position to give back to the community and hospital that has been there for us for so many years,” said Marilyn Beamish.

“We are grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the WB Family Foundation,” said Tina Triano, CEO of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. “The Beamish family has demonstrated time and again their commitment to enhancing healthcare and this latest investment will have a profound impact on our community.”

The WB Family Foundation is a private Canadian charitable foundation that directs its energy and resources to selected issues of significance for Canadians. The Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for individuals through initiatives in the following three areas: medical research, education and health care.

The Oakville Hospital Foundation is partnering with the community to fund essential medical equipment to enable high quality patient care at OTMH and the new Oakville Hospital. The $5 million donation from the WB Family Foundation is the second largest gift to the new Oakville Hospital campaign.

Media Contact: Suzanne Hallsworth Communications Director Oakville Hospital Foundation 905.845.2571 ext 6250 mailto:shallsworth@haltonhealthcare.on.ca