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Gifts of Care During the Holiday Season

Mia Huber

The generosity of our community has always been a special part of the Holiday’s at Grand River Hospital. This Holiday Season more than ever Grand River Hospital was operating under extraordinary circumstances, and our community have shown up providing incredible support through Gifts of Care.  Grand River Hospital Foundation received boxes and boxes of Gifts of Care including treats, toys and quilts for our Grand River Kids and NICU, blankets for Cancer Care, and countless supplies needed for each Area of Care.  Thank you so much for your continued generosity, support and care for Grand River Hospital: Alissa Bingeman Centre...

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Elora Singers: A Gift of Music for Grand River Hospital Staff

Paul McIntyre Royston

The Elora Singers would like to invite the staff, caregivers, patients, and volunteers of Grand River Hospital to be our guests for our online holiday music concerts, "A Nativity Festival". This series of 3 brand-new concerts was recorded over the last two months following many hours of planning and recording, and observing very strict safety precautions.The concerts are broadcast on YouTube and are available on demand until January 4.  We are so grateful to all of you for your dedication to helping those most vulnerable and for keeping us safe. We hope we can bring a few minutes of joy to...

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Holiday History at the Hospital

Mia Huber

As we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we are reaching out to our community to uncover amazing stories that help tell our collective story. Our wonderful Grand River Hospital Archives team has shared with us some priceless pieces of Grand River Hospital Holiday History:  Our 1949 Operating Nursing Staff in the Operating Room work room at Kitchener Waterloo Hospital. This image was used as the department's 1949 Holiday Card, sent to other departments and physicians in the hospital. From left to right, Anne Leslie, Marjorie McQueen, Elaine Snider, Kathleen Esch, Doris Murray, Shirley Shantz (Sim), Emma Farquharson. This photograph was taken in December...

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A Warm Welcome to New Members of our Board

Angela Olano

Please join us in welcoming two new members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Rounding out our team of dedicated community leaders, Dr. Neil Naik and Hongwei Liu joined the Board in the fall of 2020. Dr. Neil Naik practices family medicine in Waterloo, Ontario where he teaches family medicine and office management to medical students as an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.  Dr. Naik grew up in the GTA and studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his residency in both urban Newfoundland and rural Nunavut, and further enhanced his education with an...

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Celebrating 125 Years at Grand River Hospital

Mia Huber

In 1893, Berlin, Ontario (renamed Kitchener in 1916) found itself in need of a genuine advance of medical care. The small but growing community realized that a hospital of their very own would support the increasing population, as well as care for the less fortunate, as they grew into a town and then a city. The Seagram family, famous distillers, politicians, and philanthropists at the time, generously stepped forward to offer 95 acres of land. ...if and only if the citizens could fully fund hospital construction costs, before the first brick or beam was laid. Drawing on the community’s innovative...

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