Pointe Claire music festival returns for a good cause


Pointe Claire (Quebec) – August 18, 2014 – The outdoor street fair and music festival that morphed into an annual tradition in Pointe Claire is back after taking a year off last summer – and this year the revamped BassStock Music Festival will move to a more family-friendly format and join forces with the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation (LGHF), its co-founder said last week.


The annual event was first born as a street barbecue more than 10 years ago, and after the first edition, organizers thought it might be fun to have a band playing live music, just to add some ambience. The event has grown and grown to the point where more than 2,000 people are expected to show up this year, co-founders and neighbours Dan Lavoie, Fred Herbert and Richard Gurekas said. It was important for the organizers to pick up where they left off in the past after not holding the event for the first time in 11 years last year. The event will begin at 3 p.m.


“Last year, we had a lot of things going on and no one could take up the slack for some of our organizers who couldn’t commit the time last year, but this year we’re back and we’re making a few changes that we feel will increase the number of people coming out to see the show”, said co-founder Dan Lavoie. Those changes include moving the outdoor show to a Sunday, moving up the start time to 3 p.m.  and raising funds for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, Lavoie added. “It’s going to bring a whole new family-friendly dimension to BassStock, and it’s a great way for us to reach out to the community and do some good at the same time. It’s a fun day and the LGHF is a great cause for us to get behind”, he said.


The August 24 concert, which will take place on a stage erected specifically for the event on the green space in the middle of Basswood Circle just east of St. John’s Boulevard and south of Highway 20 in Pointe Claire, will feature nine bands, including headliners on a stage on the green space, the presence of a food truck, a raffle and master of ceremonies Marc Lalonde, the LGHF’s new communications officer. Featured bands are Bad Patch, Pumping Ethyl, The Smog, Joe & The Boys, Pioneer People, Clever Apes, Clay & Friends and The Corsets.


“We thought shaking up the format this year and starting the event earlier in the day might allow some of the band members to play for their families, because when they play in bars, their families may not be able to see them play”, said Herbert, the music co-ordinator for the event.


About 50 volunteers, including the sound man – another neighbour on the small street – will kick in their efforts to bring the show together.


“There are a lot of volunteers and a lot of folks helping out. They don’t get paid. The bands don’t get paid. It’s a real grass-roots operation,” Gurekas said.


Organizers are hoping to raise $1,000 for the Foundation through the raffle and free-will donations.


About the LGHF
Since 1964, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation has contributed to a higher standard of equipment and has provided a broader array of patient services than would be possible through government funding alone.  The LGHF is an integral part of the HSSC.


The West Island HSSC at a glance
The West Island HSSC includes the CLSC de Pierrefonds, the CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis, the Centre d’hébergement Denis-Benjamin-Viger and the Lakeshore General Hospital. Its territory covers the boroughs of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, as well as the municipalities of Baie-D’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Kirkland, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Senneville. The West Island HSSC serves a population of over 220,000 people. No fewer than 2,125 employees and some 250 physicians (generalists and specialists) work in a bilingual environment, with over 500 volunteers. Largest employer in the West Island, the organization is evolving and has the wind in its sails. Its vision is to become an HSSC of Excellence.

 

The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation to finance a state-of-the-art Multifunctional Radiology Room

Pointe-Claire (Quebec) – January 21, 2016  The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation (LGHF) is pleased to announce that it will finance the development and the acquisition of high-end medical equipment for a Multifunctional Radiology Room at the Lakeshore General Hospital (LGH), a project initiated at the time of the West Island Health and Social Services Centre. This 1.7 million dollar investment has been made possible primarily thanks to the gift of the Eric T. Webster Foundation.


Following the analysis of the clinical needs of the LGH and upon recommendation of Dr. Fadi Aris, radiologist recognized for his rich experience and success at the renowned Cleveland Radiology Clinic, the LGH will be equipped with a Multifunctional Radiology Room. The specialized digital imaging equipment to be installed will offer, in some cases, an alternative to conventional surgical procedures, thereby minimizing the invasive component of the process and improving the recovery time of patients and reducing their waiting period. The opening of this room is planned for 2016.


“We are particularly proud of this capital investment because it meets a significant need for advanced radiology care for the West-Island community. Patients requiring such treatments will no longer be transferred to other institutions and will be treated close to home,” says Benoît Morin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (MWIIUHSSC), of which the Lakeshore General Hospital is a facility.


“This new room at the cutting edge of technology will enable the hospital to provide modern treatment options. It will have an immediate and profound impact on several departments, namely: Surgery, Nephrology, Oncology, Hemodialysis, Emergency and Obstetrics, “says Heather Holmes, Managing Director of the LGHF.  “We thank the Eric T. Webster Foundation for their immeasurable support, without whom the project would not have been possible,” added Holmes.


“The Eric T. Webster Foundation is pleased to help finance and equip the new Multifunctional Radiology Room at The Lakeshore General Hospital. It will be a great benefit to patients to have access to the specialized digital Imaging equipment. Our thanks to Dr. Fadi Aris. We wish Dr. Aris, his staff and the LGHF every success. “


About the LGHF

Founded in 1964, the Foundation’s mandate is to collect the necessary funds to improve patient care at the Lakeshore General Hospital. In this way, it contributes to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, major structural renovations, and programs and specialized training for the professional staff – initiatives not supported by the government.


About the MWIIUHSSC
The Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre emerged from the grouping of the West-Island HSSC, the Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle HSSC, the St. Mary’s Hospital Centre, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the West Montreal Readaptation Centre, the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre, and Batshaw Youth and Family Centres. It includes no less than 9000 employees and 750 physicians.


The LGHF is grateful for its corporate partners and their invaluable support and community involvement: Desjardins, Radimed, Spinelli, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral Complex, Catsys IT & Media, Complexes Funéraires Yves Légaré, Jean Coutu (Beaurepaire), Mansfield Athletic Club, Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel,  Pharmaprix Southwest One/MedEquip, Plus Belle La Vie, Réseau Sélection and Rouge Nail Bar.


Multifunctional Radiology Room Photo | From left to right :

Véronique Rodella, Head of the Nuclear Medecine and Electrophysiology Department,  Lakeshore General Hospital

Heather Holmes, Managing Director, Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation

Benoit Morin, President and Chief Executive Officer of MWIIUHSSC

Dr. Shadia Armanious, Chief of the Medical Imaging Department, Lakeshore General Hospital

Sophie Ouellet, Director of Multidisciplinary Services, Lakeshore General Hospital

The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation raises $61,605 at its 2015 National Bank Duck Race!

Pointe-Claire (Quebec) – September 2, 2015  The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation (LGHF) is happy to announce that its 19th National Bank Duck Race, held on August 29th, 2015 at Valois Pool in Pointe-Claire, raised $61,605: these funds will be used to finance the Siemens Symbia S Gamma Camera. This equipment detects the presence of tumors and diseases in the bones and organs like the brain, heart, thyroid, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc.


“Our objective each year is to bring our community together in order to have fun and raise funds for the Lakeshore General Hospital.” said Heather Holmes, Managing Director of the LGHF. “We are thrilled at the success of this 19th edition: not only did we surpass our attendance record, but also the funds raised exceeded last year’s numbers”, she added.


As of 11am, children and adults alike were able to let go and enjoy numerous activities: euro bungee, inflatables, dance and cheerleading performances, zumba, reptile show, local bands, face-painting, temporary tattoos, and carnival games. Lakeshore Louis, the LGHF mascot, was also there to welcome the 330 party-goers, much to the delight of the many children present.


At 4pm, the crowd eagerly gathered around the pool to watch the much-awaited Race. 5,000 ducks raced in a friendly competition, propelled by the water-kicking of dozens of children and lifeguards. Here are the winners:

  • 1st prize (7-day cruise for 2 to Bahamas from New York. Value: 4,000$): Léopold Malo
  • 2nd prize (2-night getaway for 2 to Muskoka. Value: 1,000$): Sylvie Toupin
  • 3rd to 7th prizes (Tim Hortons gift card. Value: 200$): Premnath Dhanesar, Josette Drouin, Mr. Bichai, Jean-Nil Belzile, Ken Jones
  • 8th prize (Elliptical. Value: 1,000$): Michelle Adams
  • 9th prize (Hand-crafted mirror. Value: 800$): Odette Di Muro
  • 10th prize (Family portrait package. Value: 600$): Pierrette Archambault
  • 11th and 12th prizes (Birthday party package. Value: 250$): Guy Nadeau, Felicia Weinmann


“As the event’s title sponsor, National Bank is pleased to have contributed for a fifth year in a row to the success of this race which is so important to West Islanders,” said Nancy Hammond, Regional Vice-President – Western Montreal for National Bank. “With about 300 employees, 21 branches and millions of dollars granted in financing, the Bank will continue to play a leading role in the area’s economic and social development.”


The LGHF would like to thank its donors, sponsors, and event partners for helping to ensure the success of the event, notably National Bank, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka, Tim Hortons, SPA Munari, Spinelli Nissan, Cora’s Pointe-Claire, Elran, Dairy Queen (des Sources blvd.), City of Pointe-Claire and Valois Pool. Thank you to all ticket sales locations, including the National Bank branches. Most of all, thank you to our community, our Board of Directors, and our many amazing volunteers for their phenomenal participation.


About the LGHF
Founded in 1965, the Foundation’s mandate is to collect the necessary funds to improve patient care at the Lakeshore General Hospital. In this way, it contributes to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, major structural renovations, and programs and specialized training for the professional staff – initiatives not supported by the government.


The LGHF is grateful to its annual partners for their valuable support and commitment to the community: TC Media, Radimed, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, Catsys IT & Media, Desjardins, Jean Coutu (Beaurepaire), Marriott Terminal Aéroport de Montréal, Pharmaprix South West One/MedEquip and Spinelli Nissan.

Purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the Nuclear Medicine unit of the Lakeshore General Hospital

Pointe-Claire (Quebec) – September 24, 2015  The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation (LGHF) is pleased to announce that the Siemens Symbia S Gamma Camera, state-of-the-art equipment which the Foundation funded in its entirety, is now fully operational in the Nuclear Medicine department of the Lakeshore General Hospital facility of the CIUSSS ODIM.


The Equipment

The Gamma Camera allows for scintigraphy, a type of examination that provides functional images of organs and bones. The patient is injected in the arm with isotopes, which gravitate to the affected organ or other target to be examined. The Gamma Camera then detects the rays emitted by the body and, thanks to modern software, the image is reconstructed on a screen. Scintigraphy allows the examination of the structure and function of the bones and organs like the brain, heart, thyroid, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. The Camera detects the presence of tumors and diseases, as well as the origin of pain and diseases.


“This Siemens Symbia S Gamma Camera replaces an older model, which was approximately ten years old” specified Véronique Rodella, Chief of Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at the Lakeshore General Hospital facility. “Thanks to this new equipment, we maintain very short waiting times for patients needing scintigraphy. Time is of the essence: the earlier the diagnosis, the earlier the appropriate treatment can begin”, she added.


The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation’s Contribution

Thanks to its donors, the Foundation fully funded the $400,000 needed to buy the Gamma Camera. “The scope and improvements brought to the healthcare administered to our community begin with state-of-the-art equipment. We would like to thank our generous donors who, once again, enable us to support the Lakeshore General Hospital facility in the fulfilment of its mission”, declared Heather Holmes, General Manager of the LGHF.


“On behalf of the Lakeshore General Hospital facility and as President and CEO of the CIUSSS ODIM, I would like to thank the generosity of all the donors that made the completion of this project possible. Together, we alter the lives of our patients. Together, we improve the health of our community”, concluded Benoît Morin.


About the LGHF
Founded in 1965, the Foundation’s mandate is to collect the necessary funds to improve patient care at the Lakeshore General Hospital. In this way, it contributes to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, major structural renovations, as well as programs and specialized training for the professional staff – initiatives not supported by the government.


The LGHF is grateful to its annual corporate partners for their valuable support and commitment to the community: Desjardins, Radimed, TC Media, Groupe Spinelli, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, Catsys IT & Media, Jean Coutu (Beaurepaire), Marriott Terminal Aéroport de Montréal, and Pharmaprix South West One/MedEquip.