CN to donate $300,000 to Milton District Hospital Expansion

MILTON, ON, Sept. 15, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced its support of the Milton District Hospital (MDH) Expansion Project with a donation of up to $300,000 to the MDH Foundation's Our Home, Our Hospital Capital Campaign.

Joining CN for the announcement were representatives from Halton Healthcare Services (HHS), the Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF), and the Town of Milton. Through its Miracle Match program, CN will match up to $300,000 in donations made to the Foundation's Campaign by small businesses and corporations.

CN Miracle Match is a national charitable initiative designed to rally communities across Canada behind a very worthy cause – supporting paediatric care.  The program will begin in January 2015 and is a compelling and innovative challenge to the business community as every dollar donated will be doubled.

"Milton is important to us – we've been in this community for more than 100 years," said Claude Mongeau, CN President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're proud to be partnering with the Milton District Hospital Foundation on this new initiative. We're especially pleased that the majority of the funds raised through the CN Miracle Match program will go toward supporting paediatric care."

The Our Home, Our Hospital Capital Campaign is the most ambitious campaign the Milton District Hospital Foundation has undertaken. Funding of the MDH Expansion will be shared between the provincial government, Halton Healthcare Services (HHS) and the community. Community funds will be provided by the Town of Milton and through the MDHF Capital Campaign. These funds will be used for specific local share costs, which includes 100% of equipment costs. Contributions from businesses, such as CN, and the efforts of the Milton District Hospital Foundation are vital to the success of the project.

"We are thrilled that CN is so generously supporting the Milton District Hospital Expansion project. This expansion will greatly improve Halton Healthcare Services ability to provide quality healthcare services to the residents of Milton closer to home and would not be possible without the generous support of organizations such as CN, and our Foundation," said Denise Hardenne, President and CEO, Halton Healthcare Services.

Highlights of the expansion project include a new Emergency Department three times the current size, a modern maternal newborn unit better suited to support Milton's young and growing population, new space for the Diagnostic Imaging Department, Surgical Suites, Intensive Care Unit and the addition of the hospital's first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.

"Milton is Canada's fastest growing community and our Hospital needs to keep pace with that growth. CN's generous donation provides us with a flagship opportunity to encourage strong support among donors for the Hospital Campaign. Working together to achieve results means a great deal to HHS, MDHF and CN," said Helen Vatistas, Executive Director of the Milton District Hospital Foundation.

In April 2014, Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services released a request for proposals to the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the Milton District Hospital expansion project. The successful project team is expected to be selected and announced in spring 2015. Construction is expected to begin shortly after.

About Halton Healthcare:

HHS is a progressive, multi-site healthcare organization comprised of three community hospitals - Georgetown Hospital (GH), Milton District Hospital (MDH) and Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH). Together these hospitals provide healthcare services to more than 300,000 residents in the communities of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. HHS hospitals have been recognized for their best practices in a number of patient safety and patient care initiatives. In 2013, HHS was Accredited with Exemplary Standing - the highest possible status granted by Accreditation Canada.

About Milton District Hospital Foundation:

Incorporated in 1980, Milton District Hospital Foundation is the Milton District Hospital's fundraising arm.  Its sole purpose is to raise funds for new and replacement essential medical equipment, renovation needs, and other supplemental projects of the Milton District Hospital.

About CN       

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.



For further information: For more information about this gift announcement please contact: Mark Hallman, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, CN, 905-669-3384; Anne Ondercin, Director, Philanthropy and Major Gifts, MDHF, 905-878-2383 x7173; For more information on the Milton District Hospital Expansion Project please contact: Trish Carlton, Director, Public Relations, Halton Healthcare Services, 905-338-4668



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