Enduring love, for two men they lost 25 years apart, has inspired a local family to give back to Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) in a big way. The Malaviya family have made an investment of $500,000 in local healthcare.
Satish and Santosh were brothers and beloved husbands and fathers. The elder brother, Satish Kumar Malaviya, passed away 25 years ago due to complications related to diabetes and heart disease. Santosh Kumar Malaviya passed away in July due to complications related to Covid-19. Their lives and their legacy are being honoured at CMH in naming the Malaviya Family Lecture Hall in the hospital’s new wing. The gift will help fund the purchase of new equipment for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The Malaviya Family Lecture Hall has pride of place within the Medical Education Centre in CMH’s new wing. It is located adjacent to the hospital’s new central courtyard. This bright and welcoming location provides the CMH team with a workspace that promotes innovative learning, planning and collaboration.
“Our family has lived in this community for 50 years. We consider CMH to be our hospital as we have depended on it for treatment and care throughout our lives. When we lost my uncle this summer, we felt it was the right time to give back and honour two men that mean so much to us,” Sanjay Malaviya, Satish’s son commented.
When the Malaviya family learned that having a special dialysis machine available in the ICU department would provide an option for critical care closer to home for other families, they didn’t hesitate to take action. They reached out to CMH’s Foundation, whose mission is to champion investment in CMH to purchase equipment for the hospital. As a result, CMH will begin to offer Continual Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) this fall*. The machine will arrive and staff are being trained in the coming weeks to offer specialized care for our community.
“I take comfort in knowing that this critical resource will now be available in the ICU department for families in our community. I am grateful that our family is able to honour my father and uncle in this way.” reflected Nupur Kotecha, daughter of Santosh.
“We are beyond thankful to the Malaviya Family for their investment in our hospital and a CRRT unit for our ICU. This investment has come to us at a time when we have both the state-of-the-art facility and the talented team required to utilize the important piece of equipment. An entire community of donors have blazed the trail and we know that this generous gift from the Malaviya Family will inspire others to invest in the future of healthcare for our community,” said Lisa Short, Executive Director, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation.
About the Medical Education Campus: Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) is a medical training site for the Waterloo-Wellington Regional Medical Education Campus for the McMaster University De Groote School of Medicine. CMH is also a medical training partner with Conestoga College. As a teaching site for general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, anaesthesia, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and psychiatry, it is dedicated to supporting collaborative learning for tomorrow’s healthcare practitioners.
*Please note that regretfully, due to issues and pressures related to the Pandemic, this service has been delayed until 2023.