Putting smiles on the faces of Etobicoke General Hospital’s youngest patients

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MEDIA RELEASE 

Putting smiles on the faces of Etobicoke General Hospital’s youngest patients Smilezone Foundation revitalizes paediatric spaces for children and families 

August 16, 2019 ETOBICOKE – Some of Etobicoke General Hospital’s youngest patients have been given a new reason to smile. On Thursday, August 15, William Osler Health System (Osler) officially opened a new Smilezone in the Mother/Baby Unit of its Etobicoke General site. Generously donated by Smilezone Foundation, with support from the Slaight Family Foundation, the bright, fun Smilezone includes murals, sensory development equipment, drawing boards, tablet stations, and TVs meant to help improve the experience for children and families when they visit the hospital. 

“With the recent opening of the new patient tower at Etobicoke General Hospital, the Smilezone comes at a perfect time, ensuring Etobicoke families have a warm and welcoming experience at every step of their hospital visit. We are incredibly grateful to Smilezone and the Slaight Family Foundation for such a tremendously meaningful gift,” said Ken Mayhew, President & CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation. “Our paediatric staff and physicians are passionate about delivering exceptional patient care and now their surroundings complement the care they provide every day.” 

The Smilezone transforms the hallways and patient lounge in the Mother/Baby Unit on Level 4 of Etobicoke General Hospital. Children and families will now be greeted with beautiful, outdoor-themed wall murals while sensory equipment and kid-friend technology in the lounge will help ease what can sometimes be a stressful experience for children. 

“Smilezone Foundation is truly thrilled to be a part of this exciting renovation at Etobicoke General Hospital,” said Scott Bachly, chair of the Smilezone Foundation. “We are delighted with the new Smilezone, giving children and their families a reason to smile during their hospital visits. A huge thank you to the Slaight Family Foundation, whom we are gratefully recognizing today for their ongoing support.” 

For information on ways to support community health care and to see photos of the new Smilezone, visit www.oslerfoundation.org. To learn more about Etobicoke General Hospital, visit www.williamoslerhs.ca

ABOUT SMILEZONE FOUNDATION: Smilezone Foundation is a registered charity based in Oakville, ON, committed to putting smiles on kids’ faces. Founded by Scott Bachly and Adam Graves in 2012, the Foundation’s mission is to make tough days a little brighter for kids receiving treatment in hospitals and health care facilities. We do this by creating fun and engaging “Smilezones” that harness the uplifting power of a smile for the kids and their families. Please visit smilezone.com for more information about the 220+ Smilezones across Ontario. 

ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM and FOUNDATION: William Osler Health System is a hospital system, which includes Brampton Civic Hospital, Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness and Etobicoke General Hospital, and serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Osler’s emergency departments are among the busiest in Canada and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in the province. William Osler Health System Foundation seeks to create a healthier community through giving by inspiring its communities to invest in exceptional health care close to home. 

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For more information: Donna Harris 

Manager, Public Relations and Digital Media William Osler Health System P: 905-494-2120 Ext: 29807 donna.harris@williamoslerhs.ca 

Photo caption: (L-R) Dr. Brendan Carr, President & CEO, William Osler Health System; Michael Del Zotto, Defenceman, Anaheim Ducks; Scott Bachly, Chair and Co-founder, Smilezone; Bob Peacock, Chair, William Osler Health System Foundation Board of Directors; Ken Mayhew, President & CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation; Lindsay Hogeboom, Manager, Women’s and Children’s Program at Etobicoke General Hospital; Nicole McCahon, Vice President, Philanthropy, William Osler Health System Foundation.