CIBC donation to new Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre "A gift to all women"

Bank makes $250,000 contribution to coordinated breast cancer care

OSHAWA, ON, June 3 /CNW/ - The Oshawa Hospital Foundation announces a $250,000 donation from CIBC to support the new Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. As a dedicated donor and a corporate leader in support of breast cancer care, CIBC sets an example to the local business community by making charitable giving a corporate priority.

"It is absolutely incredible to have such a dedicated partner," said Stephanie Ball, Chair of The Oshawa Hospital Foundation. "We are indeed grateful to CIBC for their ongoing support of the Foundation and Lakeridge Health Oshawa's healthcare initiatives. This new generous donation towards the Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre will serve thousands of women throughout the Durham Region. Building an entire medical support system for breast cancer-from screening, diagnosis, surgery, medical and radiation oncology to supportive care, all under one roof, is an extraordinary accomplishment. This donation from CIBC is a gift to all women."

CIBC's pledge of $250,000 to the Oshawa Hospital Foundation's My Health My Hospital Campaign, adds to the more than $300,000 it has already donated to the Foundation. CIBC's donation will be presented at 12:30 pm, Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the grand opening its new six-day CIBC 401 & Stevenson Banking Centre located in the city's south end with photo opportunities.

"CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, employees and our communities," said Larry Tomei, CIBC's Senior Vice-President for Central Canada. "Breast cancer touches all of us in some way and is a cause very close to our hearts. We're proud to support important initiatives like the Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre, which will improve breast care, health and services across the Durham region."

"The aim of breast assessment is to obtain a definitive diagnosis of all potential screen-detected or clinical abnormalities in a timely way," said Dr. Peter Dixon, Vice President Regional Cancer Services at the R.S McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre. "Waiting for a diagnosis is a very stressful time for many women; some of whom may not require significant treatment. Our Centre's goal is to reduce this wait-time and coordinate services in order to screen, diagnose and treat women as quickly and efficiently as possible. CIBC's contribution is really helping to change the way women experience breast cancer."

"The future of breast cancer care at Lakeridge Health Oshawa is bright," adds Dixon. He notes that with the right facility acting as an anchor and the right team of professionals dedicated to providing the right support, we are building our services to respond to the healthcare needs or our community.

SOURCE Oshawa Hospital Foundation

For further information: Andrea Russell, Acting CEO, The Oshawa Hospital Foundation, (905) 576-8711 ext. 4176; Jessica Botelho-Carinci, Senior Manager, Community Investment, CIBC, 416-980-8859, jessica.botelho@cibc.com.

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