The Sky of Stars Baby Wall Relocates to the New OTMH

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The Sky of Stars Baby Wall Relocates to the New OTMH

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Paul McIvor

Paul McIvor

Paul McIvor is the Creative Services & Content Manager, for the Communications & Public Affairs Department of Halton Healthcare, He started in May 2015. He earned his Masters of Arts from the University of South Africa.

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In partnership with the Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHF), we celebrated the official installation of its Sky of Stars Baby Wall Program from the hospital at 327 Reynolds Street to the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH). The Sky of Stars Baby Wall is a whimsical scene of a starlit night sky that was originally created at the old hospital to provide parents and families a way to commemorate the birth of their child or loved one.

For a minimum donation of $150, individuals can purchase a star for this wall, engraved with their baby’s name and birth date to light up this magical sky. In addition to creating a very special legacy for their child, it is a great opportunity for families to give back by supporting the Maternal Child Program.

Since the launch of this fundraising program on March 19, 2004, this enchanted sky has accumulated 300 gold stars, each one named in honour of a baby born at the old OTMH. The proceeds from the Sky of Stars Program support the purchase of the equipment and educational materials required in our program to provide high quality family-centered care for mothers, infants, and children within our community.

While all births are miraculous, we have had some key births that we have the distinct opportunity of celebrating, each one representing a key milestone in the history of OTMH. – Denise Hardenne – President and CEO, Halton Healthcare Services

Babies who were born at old OTMH are designated with gold stars on the new baby wall while those born at the new hospital receive silver stars.

On February 16, 2016 Halton Healthcare installed the stars for the first and last baby born at the hospital at 327 Reynolds Street and the star for the first baby born at the new hospital. These special guests included:

  1. Brian Carter, the first baby born at the legacy OTMH in 1950.
  2. Elise Cabanez, the last baby born on at 7:51 am on December 13, 2015 at the Legacy OTMH site. Elise is the daughter of Roslen Batistil (mother) and Lamberto Cabanez (father) .
  3. Batoul Khalil, the first baby born at the new OTMH at 9:28 on December 13, 2015. Batoul is the daughter of Nermeen Mostafa (mother) and Tarek Khalil (father).

The Maternal Child Program has had the privilege of providing care for over 2,200 new mothers, infants and their families, and for 900 paediatric patients and families each year.

If you are interested in participating in the Sky of Stars Program, simply contact the Oakville Hospital Foundation at 905-338-4642 or log on to www.oakvillehospitalfoundation.com.

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