Family and friends look over new names added to the Donor Wall at Trenton Memorial Hospital during the TMH Foundation’s annual Donor Appreciation event Wednesday.
QUINTE WEST – Through two very challenging years fighting to retain their current services at Trenton Memorial Hospital, there was one thing that remained constant, the support of the community.
Wednesday, the TMH Foundation recognized that community at its annual Donor Appreciation event. Donors were celebrated for their commitment and dedication to the hospital. More than 100 names were recognized as either going onto the Donor Wall situated in the waiting area outside the ER Green Zone, or they were donors who, through their ongoing support, were moving to a new giving level.
Joining the crowd of more than 100 in attendance was Dr. Emma Robinson, Quinte Health Care’s chief of diagnostic imaging.
As a two-time Olympic medallist in women’s eight rowing (silver in 1996, bronze in 2000), Dr. Robinson knows the importance of early detection through the use of diagnostic imaging. When she was 27 years old and at the peak of her athletic ability she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and early detection helped save her life and, just a few months after receiving treatment, help her team set a world record time.
“Your support in the purchase of priority medical equipment makes a difference,” she told the crowd, thanking them for their support of the new radiography equipment (X-ray) currently being installed at TMH and expected to be up and running by this summer. She also spoke about the ultrasound being purchased this year and the CT Scanner that will be replaced next year.
Diagnostic imaging is the most expensive area in a hospital, as the equipment needed provides diagnosis for every patient. Without it, the other physicians cannot treat the patients that come to TMH.
“The 17,390 X-rays, 5,600 CT scans and 8,200 ultrasounds performed at TMH last year would not have been possible without the generous support of the community and donors like you,” Dr. Robinson said.
The other speaker was Jennifer Gagnon, a former TMH patient and cancer survivor, who at just 31 found a lump on her breast, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, and had to undergo cancer treatment.
“Because of early detection and equipment available at TMH, I was able to undergo routine tests right in the community where I live and raise a family with my husband and three small children,” Gagnon said. “Until you are faced with something like this you don’t realize the little things that make such a huge difference in your life.”
Having TMH where she lived enabled her to spend more time at home and not have to travel as she had to for cancer treatments.
“Your generosity helps provide equipment you may require yourselves some day, and I am very appreciative of that support,” Gagnon said.
TMH Foundation chairman Phil Wild also expressed his appreciation to the attendees and emphasized how the Donor Wall gives the foundation an opportunity to publicly recognize and honour its donors for their support while encouraging others to join in the spirit of giving by raising awareness and hopefully motivating others to a higher level of giving.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to see the pride of those whose names were read aloud during the ceremony,” said Wendy Warner, TMHF executive director. “It’s also very moving to see the families of those who have passed away, to hear their loved ones being acknowledged for their gifts to the community as well.”
Fourteen names were added to the Memoriam Wall this year.
QHC board chairman Doug McGregor said “governments don’t build hospitals, communities do.”
TMHF inspires the community to help them achieve sustainable health care excellence for its community. Anyone interested in more information or donating may contact the Foundation office at 613-392-2540, ext. 5403, email email@example.com