Two major donations will be put to use to allow more efficient care at two HHSC sites in Hamilton. The new McMaster Children’s Centre which is slated to open later this year at a site on Barton Street across from Hamilton General will allow children with a variety of mental health, developmental and physical challenges to be treated under one roof. Purpose built to meet the specialized needs of these children, the centre, which is the first of its kind in Canada; will create a nurturing environment where they can receive leading-edge therapy and treatment, while allowing them to play and have fun. It will provide care for children from birth to their eighteenth birthday.
The Centre will be home to four key programs:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Service
- Child and Youth Mental Health Program
- Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Program
- Prosthetics and Orthotics Service
The Centre’s fundraising effort received a boost recently when the Chedoke Health Foundation came forward with a donation of $3.25 Million. The Chedoke Foundation supported the pioneering rehabilitation programs of the former Chedoke Hospital which gained international acclaim in the 1950’s for its rehabilitative work and research. The project is also supported by a $1 Million gift from the Hamilton District Society for Disabled Children, and another $1Million for ArcelorMittal Dofasco.
Meanwhile, cancer patients requiring radiation treatment will see waiting times reduced as a result of a $5 Million donation from Ron and Nancy Clark to the Juravinski Hospital. Both were impressed with care they had received at the Cancer centre and wanted to support the hospital. Their gift will purchase an MR simulator which provides diagnostic imaging as well as radiation treatment—resulting in shorter waits for CT scans throughout the system. The remainder of the gift will help outfit patient rooms.