February 2016
 
Introducing our new e-newsletter
 

There is so much going on at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada, we thought that the best way to stay in touch more often would be through an e-newsletter. So, welcome to E-Orthopedik! Every two months or so, a copy of E-Orthopedik will land in your email box. It will feature hospital news, patient stories, event and fundraising information. Should you wish to opt out and not receive the newsletter, please scroll to the bottom and press the unsubcribe button. Should you prefer to receive the newsletter in French, please send an email to moncommunications@shrinenet.org.

In this special first edition, we take a look back at 2015, a historic year filled with a whirlwind of activities.  But before we look at the highlights of 2015, we wanted to share a breaking news story. 

 
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada                     named o ne of Montreal’s top employers
 
 
The Shriners Hospitals for Children ®  – Canada is proud to be named one of Montreal’s top employers for 2016 by Mediacorp. This special designation recognizes the hospital as an industry leader in offering an exceptional workplace.  

“This is an incredible place to work thanks to our employees, volunteers and the Shriners Fraternity. We are like a close-knit family,” says Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of the hospital.  “With only 300 employees, you virtually know everyone by name. Thus, when a co-worker needs a little extra help people readily pitch in.” 

“The hospital is being distinguished as one of Montreal’s top employer’s thanks in part to its special culture; its generous education and training opportunities; and its exceptional recognition initiatives,” says Laurence Steck, Director of Human Resources.  “We are proud of our collegial work environment where every employee can thrive and can achieve their goals.”
 
Happy anniversary!
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada turned 90
 
A skating party was held on February 19, 2015 in honour of the 90th anniversary of the founding of Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. Dozens of skaters twirled arou nd the rink created  on the terrace of the old Cedar Avenue hospital.  Ice sculptures, clowns, hot cocoa and other goodies make the event festive. The rink harkened back to the 1960 and 70s when the ice-skating was an annual tradition.  The event served to commemorate the hospital’s history of care, research and teaching. 

 
A historic day!
Hospital dedication was a grand affair
 
On August 20, over 2000 people crowded the grounds of the Glen site for the dedication ceremony for the new Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada. 

A who’s who of politicians and Shriners leadership were on hand to cut a huge red ribbon to officially mark the dedication of the Montreal-based facility. In attendance were Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Gaétan Barrette, M.D., Quebec Health and Social ServicesMinister, Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Céline Doray, Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada, Normand Rinfret, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Gino Beretta, Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Governors, Dale Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Jerry G. Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International and many other dignitaries, donors and special guests. Patient representatives including Marie-Pierre Paquette and Carter Brown made the grand opening and hospital tours extra special.  
 
Hollywood star stops by
Jennifer Lawrence visits with patients
 
It was a huge surprise to find Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence in the lobby of the old Cedar Avenue hospital on August 7, 2015.  The 24-year old superstar was in Montreal filming X-Men: Apocalypse and took the time out to visit with children at their bedside, to sign casts, to test her yo-yoing skills with one young man and pose for photos with parents and staff.
 
Everyone had a ball at the inaugural One & Only Ball
Dazzling evening raises $1.2 million
 
The One & Only Ball surpassed all expectations. The glittering event raised $1.2 million for the Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign.  The ball was held on October 3 at Uniprix Stadium.  The party goers included Shriners leadership, business executives and members of some of Montreal’s most distinguished families. The event’s theme, Hollywood Glam, harkened back to 1925, the year the Canada Shriners Hospital was founded.  
 
Saying goodbye!
Last patient leaves old hospital
 

Last September 25 was an extremely emotional day as patient care wound down at the old Cedar Avenue facility.  After 90 years, the doors of the hospital were closed for good.  Nicolas, photographed with his dad outside the ambulatory care clinic was the last patient to officially receive care. The new hospital on the Glen site opened its doors on October 5, the start of a new chapter in the history of the Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. 

 
First patients welcomed at new hospital
 
At 11 a.m. on October 5, 2015 the doors of the Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada swung open and the very first patients to be treated in the new state-of-the-art and family-friendly hospital walked in to be greeted by a welcome committee.  
    
Little Milan Biasotto is hospital’s first inpatient 
 
On October 7th, three-year-old Milan Biasotto became the first inpatient at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada’s new Glen site hospital. Living over 2.5 hours away from the Montreal-based hospital, Milan and his mom or dad (they alternated weeks) stayed with us for six weeks as he underwent intense physiotherapy and occupational therapy. His hope: to walk unassisted one day.   
Milan and his dad
 
Inauguration of the MEGA Brands Playroom 
 
The MEGA Brands playroom on the fourth floor of the Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada was officially opened on December 7.  The design team from MEGA Brands, part of the Mattel family of brands donated more than 720 hours to create and build furniture, large-scale aquariums made of colourful Mega Bloks.  A total of 75,000 Mega Bloks were allocated to decorating the playroom and filling bins to allow children to build their own creations. The toy retailer also donated 7,500 toys for the hospital’s playroom and patient waiting areas. 
 
Grand opening of Research Centre 
Dr. Rene St. Arnaud
 
Following an international search Montrealer René St-Arnaud, Ph .D. was appointed Director of Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada Research Centre and First Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research during a ceremony on December 16, 2015.
 
We still need your support! 
Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Capital Campaign
 
We’re nearly there the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign for the construction of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada surpassed the $126 million dollars raised or pledged in December.   The goal is to reach $130 million dollars by May 2016. You can help by making a donation online or by mail.  By mail, please send your donation made out to the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, to our new address 1003, Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC, H4A 0A9. 

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