Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services Tracy MacCharles, and MPPs Bas Balkissoon and Soo Wong joined staff, physicians and volunteers of the Scarborough Hospital (TSH) and The Scarborough Hospital Foundation on Tuesday, October 7 to celebrate two very special fundraising efforts from the Toronto Tamil Community.
Toronto Tamil Community Committee members presented a cheque for more than $150,000 towards the Foundation’s campaign to purchase a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for the Birchmount campus. Thanks to the generousity of the Tamil community and the incredible support of many other Scarborough residents, the Foundation was successful in reaching its $5 million dollar goal for the campaign in February 2013.
Since the MRI’s installation in October 2011, wait times, on average, have been reduced by more than half. The introduction of the new unit has also allowed TSH to use its resources more efficiently and avoid patients having to be transferred from the Birchmount campus to the General campus for a scan.
The event also included a $12,000 cheque presentation from Scarborough South Indian restaurant Saravanaa Bhavan towards the Foundation’s exciting, new “I Support My Scarborough Hospital” campaign, which is raising funds to revitalize various programs within the hospital, beginning with the Family Maternity Centre at the Birchmount campus.
“It was an honour to welcome Minister Hoskins, Minister MacCharles and MPPs Soo Wong and Bas Balkissoon to our hospital for this celebration,” said Robert Biron, President and CEO, TSH.
“The ongoing support from our Tamil community is a true example of how strong communities build strong hospitals.”
View photos from event on The Scarborough Hospital’s Facebook page.