Written by: Dane
August 12, 2015
Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare unveiled on Wednesday the Honour
President and CEO of HDGH Janice Kaffer said the benefits of the newly created space are intangible. It’s more than just another cafeteria.
“We know that being in nice surroundings, feeling at home and being able to sit with family members comfortably makes a difference,” she said.
The pleasant atmosphere of the café,
“Our employees need space to get off the unit to sit and relax in an area that is not health-care specific,” Kaffer said. “It is an inspiring, rewarding, but difficult job.”
The charity came up with the $220,000 for the centre through fundraising events such as galas, golf tournaments and walk-a-
The donation also went towards the Little Ninja Program, which offers therapeutic martial arts to kids at the hospital’s Regional Children’s Centre.
“Therapeutic martial arts fits so well with our treatment philosophy and offers children the opportunity they likely would have never had,” said Renee Gilliam, manager of intensive family services at HDGH’s Children’s Centre.
Gilliam said that the program helps children who are receiving mental health services learn self-regulation, focus, and build self-esteem.
Anita Imperioli, president and CEO of In Honour of the Ones We Love, said initiatives like these that improve patient and family care are what the charity aims to do.
“I am so proud to
Bill Marra, vice-president of external/government affairs, planning and development at HDGH, recalled another time the charity made an impact
“Anita and Teresa Silvestri went to the palliative care unit and gave out hand-knit hats and blankets to cancer patients,” he said. “You had to be there to see the reaction of the patients, it moved them to tears.”
Marra said it is partnerships and gestures like these that direct help transform the quality of health care.
“Whether it be a cafeteria, blankets or a six-figure donation, it all makes a difference,” he said.