Gujarati Community Donates More Than $500,000 to Oakville Hospital

In-Patient Rehab South Unit in the new Hospital will be named in their honour

Gujarati Community Donates More Than $500,000 to Oakville Hospital

The Gujarati community of Oakville have generously pledged $508,000 to help fund the equipment needs of Oakville’s new Hospital. The donation is from seventeen donor families who were inspired to come together and make a leadership gift to the hospital.

“As local residents, we are privileged to live in a community that offers us so much, especially this new state-of-the-art hospital that will be here for our families and others during times of illness,’ said Kirit Patel, P.Eng Senior Fellow P&WC (retired), the donor instrumental in bringing this gift to the Hospital. “Together, we wanted to show ourgratitude by giving to an organization that provides exceptional health care to all patients.”

Canada is home to a large Gujarati community. Named after Gujarat, a state in the mid-western part of India, the Gujarati people have settled worldwide and many are engaged in technical and other professions. They have played an instrumental role in many industries including manufacturing, textile and pharmaceutical, not just in Gujarat but the world over. Philanthropy is an important part of their culture.

In recognition of their gift, the Inpatient Rehab South Unit in the new Hospital will be named in their honour, and numerous rooms within it.

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Service will provide intensive, short term rehabilitation for patients with a variety of diagnoses. The program, utilizing the entire 4th floor of the north building, will care for close to 900 patients annually. The program will be unique in that it will have a defined focus in both specialized geriatric and rehabilitation services. The average length of stay for patients in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service is 21 days, compared to a hospital stay on a traditional inpatient unit of 3-5 days.

A wide variety of therapies are offered to inpatient rehabilitation patients including speech language pathology, physiotherapy, audiology consultations, chiropody and foot care and recreational therapy including pets, music, cooking and a variety of other activities. The goal of the program is to assist patients in regaining functional abilities to allow them to return home or an alternate level of care in the community.

“It has been an honour to work with Kirit and his friends and family on this extraordinary gift fromthe Gujarati community,” said Tina Triano, CEO of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. “I am moved by their spirit, warmth and goodwill. Their generosity will make a tremendous difference in the level of care our new Hospital will be able to provide to patients”.


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