We are fortunate to have thousands of people in our community who are dedicated to supporting The Ottawa Hospital. Whether through a personal donation or corporate gift, or by participating and raising funds through community events, individuals are raising critical funds for a wide variety of departments, programs and units at all three campuses.
Below are a couple of highlights from the past year.
Canada’s first Rehabilitation Virtual Reality Laboratory is available to patients at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre (TOHRC) thanks in part to a dedicated group from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Director-General Lillian Thomsen, who is also on the Board of Governors of TOH.
The sophisticated virtual reality lab helps patients who have suffered an injury or disease learn to be mobile again. With the permission of the Treasury Board, DFAIT employees organized two special events – DFAIT Moves 5k Run/Walk and an international online auction for DFAIT employees – which raised more than $100,000 to support the purchase of the virtual reality lab. The campaign was inspired by DFAIT colleague, Bushra Saeed, who was injured in 2009 in Afghanistan and is today an outpatient of TRC.
Throughout The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (TOHCC) are plaques bearing the names of some of the individuals and companies who supported the wonderfully successful 20-20 Campaign and the building of this new facility. As patients and their loved ones pass through the halls of TOHCC, they are reminded of the support their community has shown and continues to show through donations. Those donations help The Ottawa Hospital provide the best possible cancer care to patients as well as groundbreaking research into cancer treatments.