Ribbon cut on upgraded family lounge at hospital

By Dan Rankin

Cutting the ribbon on the hospital's new west wing family lounge Monday morning were hospital foundation chair John McIntosh, left, and Trillium Mutual Insurance ag team leader Fran Hibbert. The upgrades to the lounge were made possible thanks in part to $25,000 from Trillium Mutual Insurance's Trillium ROOTS Community Fund.
Cutting the ribbon on the hospital’s new west wing family lounge Monday morning were hospital foundation chair John McIntosh, left, and Trillium Mutual Insurance ag team leader Fran Hibbert. The upgrades to the lounge were made possible thanks in part to $25,000 from Trillium Mutual Insurance’s Trillium ROOTS Community Fund.
Present for the ribbon-cutting of the hospital's redesigned west wing family lounge were, back row from left, hospital foundation chair John McIntosh, hospital manager Jane Rundle, hospital in-patient emergenecy team lead Frances Taylor, president of the hospital auxiliary Larry Beattie, HPHA vice president of people and workplace health Marie Omerod, Trillium ROOTS council member Margaret Jack, hospital foundation fundraising chair Pat Craigmile, hospital administrative assistant Trina Cooper, hospital foundation executive director Krista Linklater, and, seated, Trillium Mutual ag team leader Fran Hibbert.
Present for the ribbon-cutting of the hospital’s redesigned west wing family lounge were, back row from left, hospital foundation chair John McIntosh, hospital manager Jane Rundle, hospital in-patient emergenecy team lead Frances Taylor, president of the hospital auxiliary Larry Beattie, HPHA vice president of people and workplace health Marie Omerod, Trillium ROOTS council member Margaret Jack, hospital foundation fundraising chair Pat Craigmile, hospital administrative assistant Trina Cooper, hospital foundation executive director Krista Linklater, and, seated, Trillium Mutual ag team leader Fran Hibbert.

A ribbon-cutting was held at St. Marys Memorial Hospital’s west wing family lounge on Monday, which received a major facelift recently thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from Trillium Mutual Insurance’s Trillium ROOTS Community Fund.

The new lounge, which is regularly used by such visitors to the hospital as the families of palliative care patients, or patients receiving blood transfusions, now contains such features as a microwave and minifridge, a fire place and reclining lounge chair – among other seating and furniture – and a flatscreen ‘smart’ TV capable of connecting to the internet and holding Skype conversations.

“This space gives patients’ families somewhere to collect their thoughts, visit, bring a meal and share and break bread together,” said hospital manager Jane Rundle, noting that the reclining lounge chair can double as a bed for a family member to provide a more comfortable overnight stay near their loved one.

Commenting on the donation from Trillium Mutual, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Vice President of People and Workplace Health, Marie Omerod said, “the dedication and commitment of this community to the hospital is second to none. This room means so much to patients and their families from a privacy perspective, letting loved ones relax in a home-like setting.”

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