North York General Foundation welcomed members of its Heritage Circle to the 26th annual Heritage Circle Luncheon at the Donalda Club on Thursday, October 15th. Members of the Foundation staff and Board of Governors celebrated the group’s generosity, sharing how their gifts have a direct impact on the care provided at North York General Hospital.
Foundation President and CEO Terry Pursell, Board Chair Ron Baruch and North York General Hospital President and CEO Dr. Tim Rutledge shared their gratitude for members’ present and future investment. Guests were then treated to an interactive lecture from North York General’s Orthopaedic team, led by Dr. Ted Rumble, orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr. Rumble showcased how North York General’s incredible interprofessional orthopaedic team changes the lives of over 1,000 patients and their families each year, through over 1,400 joint replacement surgeries. Guests were taken through a patient’s journey to mobility: from assessment at Total Joint Assessment Clinic (TJAC), through the surgical process, to recovery post-surgery and, finally, post-operative rehabilitation. The lecture was rounded out by an informative Q&A session and first-hand look at some of the tools and prostheses used during surgery.
The orthopaedic team shared how our donors’ incredible generosity is helping our hospital restore mobility and improving our patients’ quality of life. From the grandfather who is finally able to get back down on his knees and play with his grandchildren, to the tennis fanatic we’ve helped get back on the court, to the elderly woman who is able to live independently in her own home – we are helping thousands of patients live the kind of lives they want.
The luncheon also celebrated the tenth anniversary of the very generous gift that led to the creation of the Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Orthopaedics and Plastics Centre at North York General. Prior to the centre opening, the orthopaedic department was operating in a 650-square-foot space that was treating 14,000 patients each year (close to 10,000 more than the space was designed for). We simply didn’t have the capacity to treat everyone who needed our help. Recognizing our community’s need, philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Nanji provided the lead gift to create the new centre that is treating over 26,000 patients in our community each year. Mr. and Mrs. Nanji’s generosity is a fantastic example of how donors can impact how our hospital delivers care to our community.
The Heritage Circle was created to recognize our planned giving donors. Members of the Heritage Circle have made a gift to the foundation, such as a bequest, a life insurance policy, a charitable trust, or have created an endowment fund. For more information about our planned giving program, the Heritage Circle, or to make a planned gift, please contact Valerie Morrison, Planned Giving Officer at 416.756.6708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.