February 21, 2012

Headwaters Health Care Centre Launches 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Orangeville, ON, February 21, 2012 – A new 100th Anniversary pin celebrating the centennial of Headwaters Health Care Centre, proudly produced by the hospital’s centennial committee, was unveiled today by Liz Ruegg, interim President and CEO at Headwaters Health Care Centre. The unveiling took place at an open house for the 100th anniversary of the hospital.

The hospital has produced 1,500 Centennial commemorative pins. “Every staff, physician and auxiliary member will receive a 100th anniversary keepsake pin and we will have pins available for sale in the hospital gift shop. This pin signifies our hospital’s commitment to caring for 100 years and honours the people who have and continue to deliver high quality, safe care in our community. This pin will be a permanent reminder of our century of caring,” says Ruegg.

In addition to releasing this commemorative pin, Headwaters Health Care Centre is honouring the legacy of the first 100 years of the hospital with a historical exhibit in cooperation with the Dufferin County Museum and Archives. The exhibit in the hospital lobby showcases a selection of photos, artifacts and archives highlighting the work of the IODE in founding the Lord Dufferin Hospital in 1912 and the nursing school (also launched in 1912), along with some of the first hospital staff and physicians.

The hospital has launched ‘Miles of Silver’, a fundraiser that pays tribute to one of the IODE Lord Dufferin Chapter’s hospital fundraisers known as ‘Miles of Copper’, where the women of the IODE placed copper pennies end to end in support of the hospital building campaign. Faye Corbett an IODE member and Registered Nurse at Headwaters Health Care Centre launched the fundraiser as a tribute to the IODE. “I’ve been speaking to service groups - along with retired nurse and current president of the Lord Dufferin IODE, Ronnie Inglis - about the hospital’s 100th anniversary,” says Corbett who is selling 1 foot for $3.00 along the “route” from the original Lord Dufferin Hospital site to the current site of HHCC – a total of 9,134 feet. For more information or to make a donation please call 519-941-2410 ext. 2303 or email Faye Corbett, RN atmilesofsilver100@gmail.com.

Students from kindergarten to grade eight in Dufferin County and the Town of Caledon are invited to submit their own original artwork capturing the essence of the hospital’s 100 years in a poster contest. The deadline has been extended to June 1, 2012. Entry forms are available on the hospital website atwww.headwatershealth.ca.

“Celebrating 100 years is an important milestone for our local hospital and we are hoping to get the community involved throughout the year,” says Ruegg. The hospital has planned public events for September 22 and October 12, 2012. Information about these events will be on the hospital website.

About Headwaters Health Care Centre
Headwaters Health Care Centre serves more than 135,000 residents in The Town of Caledon and Dufferin County. Headwaters’ operates an 87 bed acute and complex continuing care hospital. For more information, go to www.headwatershealth.ca.

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