Volunteer Services at HDH site wraps up major pledge to low-vision clinic

The contribution of the final installment of a major $100,000 pledge highlighted the annual general meeting of KHSC Volunteer Services to Hotel Dieu Hospital Site Kingston, Inc. on October 16. 

A cheque for $15,000 was presented to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, the final installment on a $100,000 pledge to help facilitate the expansion of the low-vision rehabilitation clinic at the Hotel Dieu Hospital site, a first-of-its-kind clinic in Ontario that supports individuals who have lost vision that cannot be improved with surgery, medicine or standard glasses.  A multi-disciplinary approach, vision rehabilitation therapy uses technology and common experience to help individuals cope with visual impairment and achieve a sense of accomplishment as they regain some level of independence that eye disease may have taken away.

“The best patient care demands the best treatments and equipment,” says Carol Hazell, President of Volunteer Services, “and we’re always so pleased when our donations mean that patients receive care that can have a significant impact on their quality of life. 

“That will be the work of the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Clinic, which is vital these days when so many of our patients are living with serious vision loss.  We’re delighted to support the work of our eye specialists who are working hard to help people realize their full potential for independence and quality of life.”

At the AGM, the hospital’s 229 volunteers were also applauded for donating 17,873 hours of service over the past year, and a group of 16 volunteers received service pins for anywhere from 5 to 25 years of service; in total, the group represented 175 years of dedicated service to the hospital. 

As well, Sister Annette Valade (more than 15 years of service and over 1700 hours) and Theresa Shannon (more than 13 years of service and over 2500 hours) were awarded Local Life Memberships for their longstanding and exceptional volunteer service.

“We’re very grateful to our volunteers for their generous financial gifts, which support us in providing the very best patient care,” says Dr. David Pichora, Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Health Sciences Centre.  “We also deeply appreciate the care and compassion they bring to our Hotel Dieu Hospital site every single day.”

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