Restored Sight Results in Gift of $66,000 to Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Vancouver, November 14, 2007 — Vancouver, November 8, 2007 - Grateful for surgery that restored his vision, Vancouver businessman Arnold Silber and his wife Anita recently donated $66,000 to Tapestry Foundation for Health Care to purchase a state-of-the-art laser treatment system for retinal surgical procedures at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJ).
“I am indebted to Dr. Bill Ross who performed the procedure and gave me back my sight,” explained Silber. “When he asked if I could help purchase some new surgical equipment for the hospital, I told him ‘You’ve got it.’

The new laser system - named the “Arnie” in recognition of its donor - replaces 15-year old technology at MSJ’s Surgical Day Care unit. The new system is compact and portable and will be used to perform a range of procedures that include management of diabetic eye complications, detached retinas and injuries to the eye.

“We are very excited about this new laser,” commented retina surgeon Dr. Ross. “It’s an advanced and durable tool that will allow us to repair major retinal problems with the recovery of excellent vision for the vast majority of our patients.”

Mount Saint Joseph Hospital is a leading innovator and service provider for eye care procedures in BC, and one of the top three providers in Western Canada. Through Providence Health Care’s Ophthalmology Program more than 6,500 cataract procedures a year are performed at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital - more than any other hospital in the province. The hospital is also a centre for excellence in BC for corneal transplants, with approximately 90 per cent of the province’s transplants performed at the hospital.

“Grateful patients like Arnold Silber allow Mount Saint Joseph Hospital to respond quickly in bringing in the latest new technology for patient care,” added Dan Levitt, Manager, Major Gifts and Planned Giving with Tapestry Foundation. “This is an exceptional example of a leadership gift to a cause that is dear to the donor, which strengthens the health care system for the broader Vancouver community”.

Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is a new foundation that recently merged St. Vincent’s, Holy Family and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Foundations into one organization. The new foundation raises funds for seniors’ care, hospital care and physical rehabilitation at seven of Providence Health Care’s eight sites in Vancouver.

Tapestry Foundation for Health Care supports patient and resident care at seven of Providence Health Care’s eight sites that include:

• Brock Fahrni Pavilion
• Holy Family Hospital
• Marion Hospice
• Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
• St. Vincent’s Campus of Care
• St. Vincent’s Hospital Langara
• Youville Residence

These sites offer seniors’ care, hospital and hospice care, and physical rehabilitation services in Vancouver. The Foundation supports these sites by raising funds for medical equipment, programs, services and research in the field of elder care.

Marianne Dupré, Communications Officer
Tapestry Foundation for Health Care
Tel: 604.877.8153