Vi­sions, Voices and Views

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

Glen­garry res­i­dents will have an op­por­tu­nity to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties as Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal cel­e­brates its 50th an­niver­sary this month.

An open house, in­clud­ing a tour of the hos­pi­tal, will be held Tues­day, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be a launch of a new book called, Vi­sions, Voices and Views: Cel­e­brat­ing 50 years at

HGMH, chron­i­cling the history of HGMH. In the evening on May 12 there will be a wine and cheese gath­er­ing for in­vited com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers and part­ners.

The chair of the hos­pi­tal’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, Bill Shields, says “50 years is a long time - we’re all look­ing for­ward to it.” Thurs­day, May 14, the hos­pi­tal will have a staff cel­e­bra­tion start­ing at 7 p.m. Then on Fri­day, May 15 it will have a for­mal black tie en­gage­ment ban­quet for in­vited guests and part­ners start­ing at 6 p.m. HGMH opened May 12, 1965, af­ter four years in the plan­ning stages and one year in con­struc­tion.

For the an­niver­sary fes­tiv­i­ties May 12, the or­ga­niz­ers will have a large tent set up near the west side of the hos­pi­tal with a dis­play of pic­tures high­light­ing the history of the hos­pi­tal where peo­ple from the com­mu­nity can gather.

From there, or­ga­niz­ers will take them on a tour of the hos­pi­tal to see some of the latest im­prove­ments to the in­sti­tu­tion.

For ex­am­ple, visi­tors will see the hos­pi­tal ther­a­peu­tic pool that has wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity, as well as the new day surgery area. Mr. Shields, who has been on the hos­pi­tal board for 12 years, was in­volved when the ther­a­peu­tic pool was in­stalled.

Visi­tors will also see the new pul­monary func­tion test­ing lab and the ul­tra­sound test­ing tech­nol­ogy.

“Once the com­mu­nity starts to hear about (the cel­e­bra­tion plans) and ear­marks the date on the cal­en­dar, we’ll be very pleased to see a big turn-out.” Also May 12, some of the peo­ple who have helped in the de­vel­op­ment of hos­pi­tal projects over the years will be rec­og­nized. Hos­pi­tal board trea­surer Roger Sauvé, who heads the book pro­ject, said he is “very proud” of the fin­ished prod­uct. As editor of the book, he started work­ing on the pro­ject in Au­tumn 2014. “It re­flects the history of the hos­pi­tal at the time it was

lived,” he said.

For the first re­lease he had 300 copies printed and will be able to have a sec­ond print­ing if there is enough in­ter­est. The book is largely com­prised of pho­to­graphs

and ar­ti­cles from The

Glen­garry News.

The book will cost $25 and also will be on sale af­ter the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at var­i­ous lo­cal out­lets. Any prof­its from the book will be re­turned to the hos­pi­tal.

The cover pho­to­graph on the book is a copy of a paint­ing by Lan­caster area artist Michael Cartwright. It is en­ti­tled “A Jewel On The Pond.” Peo­ple will re­call that in 2013, he do­nated a paint­ing de­pict­ing the Lan­caster wharf as a thank you for the help he re­ceived through the hos­pi­tal’s Post Acute Stroke Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram. Hos­pi­tal board chair Jac­que­line Fraser, who is on the hos­pi­tal an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion com­mit­tee, pro­vided the French trans­la­tion of the book.

She thanks her friend Thérèse Whe­lan for help­ing to proof­read the book. Mrs. Fraser says she re­mem­bers when the hos­pi­tal first opened.

“I re­mem­ber we were so proud to have a hos­pi­tal of our own,” she says. “We are still very proud.”

AN­GELA BROWN PHOTO

CEL­E­BRAT­ING 50 YEARS: Hos­pi­tal board trea­surer and or­ga­nizer of the hos­pi­tal history book pro­ject, Roger Sauvé, holds the pre-press is­sue of the new book, Vi­sions,Voic­e­sand Views:Cel­e­brat­ing50yearsatHGMH, that tells the story of the history of Hôpi­tal...

“A Jewel on Mill Pond” by artist Michael Cartwright is on the cover of Vsions,Voic­e­sandViews.

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