Visions, Voices and Views
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
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.”
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.