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.