GUELPH, ON, May 9 /CNW/ - St. Joseph's Health Centre has opened Guelph's
only centre for survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI) thanks in part
to a generous $100,000 donation from The Co-operators.
"As an insurer of more than a million vehicles in Canada, we see
first-hand the devastation that traumatic brain injuries cause, and we
also see what is possible in terms of rehabilitation," said Doug
McLellan, Vice-President of Audit Services at The Co-operators and a
member of the board of the St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation.
"We're pleased to be able to support such a first-rate facility right
here in our hometown of Guelph."
Traumatic brain injury is more common in Canada than breast cancer,
HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury combined.
Estimates put the direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injury
at more than $3 billion annually. Brain injury is the leading killer
and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40. In a national survey,
66% of brain injury survivors living in the community reported an
ongoing need for assistance with some activities of daily living, while
75% said they were no longer able to work.
In the time it takes to slip and fall, a person's life can change
forever. A brain injury can have a devastating impact on a person's
independence, and on the lives of his or her family. Employment,
schooling, friendships - even families - can end as survivors cope with
the multitude of physical, emotional, behavioural and mental
consequences of a brain injury.
Many communities lack services to help this vulnerable population but
St. Joseph's ABI Adult Day Program has been operating in Guelph for
more than decade. Using a social/recreational model it helps men and
women develop the independence-supporting life-skills and coping
strategies they need to adapt to their changed circumstance and live
productive, fulfilled lives in their communities.
"We're thrilled that The Cooperators stepped forward to help us provide
this vital community service," says Marianne Walker, President, St.
Joseph's Health Centre Guelph. "It's great to see this kind of
visionary collaboration between St. Joseph's and a generous community
partner like The Co-operators. We are deeply grateful for their
About St. Joseph's Health Centre:
St. Joseph's Health Centre is the city's only specialty hospital
offering continuing complex care, and rehabilitation and Guelph's first
choice for residential long-term care. The Centre's Community Outreach
Day Programs are recognized as being among the best in Canada. St.
Joseph's also provides outpatient clinics which include physiotherapy,
occupational and speech therapy, rheumatology, physiatry, and bone
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $40 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is ranked #2 among the 50 Best
Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights, and listed among the
50 Best Employers in Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE The Co-operators
For further information:
| Barbara Macrae |
St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation
519-824-6000 ext. 4405
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