This was one of the messages shared by guest speaker, Dr. Mitch Abrams, during his keynote presentation last Thursday, at Galt Country Club.
This Donor Recognition evening was an opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to some of the incredible donors who play a pivotal role in sustaining Cambridge Memorial Hospital. One hundred percent of Hospital equipment is funded through donations, meaning that generosity is the driving force behind our ability to acquire cutting-edge equipment, ensuring the best care possible for our patients.
The evening commenced with Cheryl Hugill, CMHF Board Chair, welcoming our guests and acknowledging that our facility resides on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples.
Patrick Gaskin, CMH President and CEO, spoke next, sharing a recent grateful patient story. He followed with an update that our capital redevelopment progress is ahead of schedule progress. Bursting with pride, he concluded by sharing and CMH’s outstanding 99.98% Accreditation score, only shared with his team that day.
Dr. Augustin Nguyen, Chief of Medicine and Director of Medical Programs, took to the podium to emphasize the transformative impact of advanced technology on diagnostics, patient wait times, and the attraction of skilled medical professionals to our Hospital. To validate that impact, guests listened to a heartfelt recording from Dr. Nguyen’s patient, Ryan L., who conveyed his gratitude to donors. He expressed his appreciation of Dr. Nguyen’s accurate assessment of his symptoms. Due to CMH having the cutting-edge technology needed, Ryan was able to have a same day appointment where MRI technology was used to facilitate the swift diagnosis of a tumour pressing against his spine. Timely access to care close to home saved Ryan’s life, and this wouldn’t be possible without donor support.
Our special guest, Dr. Mitch Abrams, captivated the audience with his passionate research, that was ‘born’ at CMH and spread organically worldwide. He explained in common terms the intricate relationship between mind-body medicine, of mindfulness, psychophysiology, quantum physics, and neurocardiology. His message encouraged a shift in the narrative around self-care, physician training, and underscored the profound implications for community and population health. He encouraged everyone to take the necessary time to listen to their heart rhythm, especially in moments of anxiety or stress. Becoming in rhythm, or in ‘coherence’ with those around has been shown to boost the success of any task or team outcome.
Closing out the evening, Lisa Short, CMHF Executive Director, shared a touching patient story that exemplified the kindness and compassion demonstrated during end-of-life care at CMH. This narrative now stands as our Trees of Caring story, symbolized by a luminous display now lit on Coronation Boulevard, serving as a reminder to embrace generosity this holiday season. To read the full story, and to donate to Trees of Caring, please click here.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event — speakers, attendees, and guests, we extend our deepest appreciation for your presence and ongoing support. Your dedication enables us to provide exceptional care to our Community. The diverse group in attendance reinforced Dr. Abram’s message… that we are all intricately connected.
For those interested in delving deeper into Dr. Mitch Abram’s teachings, watch his Ted Talk at the bottom of this page, or click here to visit Dr. Abram’s website NexGenHealth.
Once again, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our Hospital and Community.