Community shows its heart for Mayor Hazel McCallion, donating more than
$12 million to date
MISSISSAUGA/WEST TORONTO, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Trillium Health Centre
today celebrated Mayor Hazel McCallion's 88th birthday as part of its "I Heart
Hazel" campaign to raise funds for the Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart
Health. Mayor McCallion unveiled the signage for the cardiac centre named in
Birthday festivities also included an honour guard salute, a performance
of "Happy Birthday" by the Heart and Soulz choir from Hazel McCallion Senior
Public School, and a presentation to the Mayor of a Heart Art quilt created by
patients from Trillium's Complex Continuing Care program.
"Mayor McCallion's birthday marks an important milestone in this
campaign," said Kim Warburton, chair of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation
board. "It was such a pleasure to celebrate with the Mayor and to be able to
give her the gift of knowing that over $12 million has already been raised for
the cardiac centre named in her honour."
The Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart Health at Trillium Health Centre is
one of the nation's busiest and most advanced cardiac care centres, providing
the citizens of Mississauga, West Toronto and the surrounding area with access
to advanced cardiac services and care within their community.
"When someone requires lifesaving cardiac care, it is important that it
is delivered quickly within minutes of home or work, by the best clinical
staff, using the latest technologies," said Janet Davidson, O.C., president
and CEO, Trillium Health Centre. "Trillium is a recognized leader in advanced
cardiac care, providing this community and the surrounding region with the
best in diagnostics, cardiology, cardiac surgery and rehabilitation."
The Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart Health also conducts half of the
minimally-invasive beating heart surgeries in Canada and is one of the few
hospitals implanting defibrillators directly into patients' chests to help
maintain their heart rhythms.
In 2008, the Trillium Health Centre Foundation launched a campaign to
raise $15 million for the Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart Health. Eight
leading corporations and community leaders, the "cardiac champions" pledged to
give half of the $15 million campaign goal.
These cardiac champions - Fred Ketchen, Robert and Francine Barrett,
Nameh and Jacqueline Jabbour, the Bank of Montreal, Ralph Chiodo, and Ethel
Taylor - are matching dollar-for-dollar the amount donated by the community.
"We are so grateful to the community for their ongoing support and to Tim
Hortons and Mattamy Homes for their partnership," said Warburton. "Thanks to
the generosity of our cardiac champions, corporate partners and individual
members of the community, our target of $15 million is in sight."
The $15 million fundraising initiative will help Trillium treat high-risk
patients without delay in expanded catheterization and electrophysiology
laboratories, diagnose complex heart disease earlier and more accurately with
new equipment and technologies, benefit cardiac patients here and across
Canada by increasing research capacity, and acquire next generation diagnostic
Those interested in making a donation or learning more can visit
www.ihearthazel.com. Donations can also be arranged by contacting the Trillium
Health Centre Foundation at 905.848.7575.
About Trillium Health Centre
Trillium Health Centre is one of Canada's largest community hospitals
with regional programs in cardiac, stroke, neurosurgery, orthopaedic, and
sexual assault and domestic violence services. Housing a model ambulatory care
centre and the largest free standing day surgery centre in North America,
Trillium serves more than one million residents in Peel and West Toronto and
from other communities across Ontario. With the continued support of the
Trillium Health Centre Foundation, the hospital's fundraising arm, the
two-site facility is attracting international attention for its innovative
approach to providing health care services and has received numerous national
awards for quality and innovation. For more information, visit
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