Honouring Harold G. Shipp’s generous support
Trillium Health Centre Foundation honoured community builder Harold G. Shipp and family on June 21, 2012, at a dedication reception held at the Trillium Mississauga site.
Generations of Shipps gathered at the dedication reception in honour of Harold G. Shipp (centre).
Over 60 friends, physicians, colleagues and supporters attended. Guest speakers Mayor Hazel McCallion and Chief of Surgical Health, Trillium sites, Dr. Gary McIsaac spoke movingly of their long-time friend Harold G. and his family.
The Shipp family name is integral to the history and growth of both Trillium sites, two of the four sites that form The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre. The late June Shipp volunteered for 35 years, until she succumbed to stroke in 2001. In 2005 Mr. Shipp donated an unprecedented $6-million to the Trillium capital campaign. In recognition, exterior signage was unveiled naming the Harold G. and June C. Shipp Stroke Centre.
Harold G. Shipp joined the Queensway Board of Directors in 1971. Uniquely, in 1974 he was invited to join the South Peel Hospital Foundation and so served both hospitals for decades. He remains Honourary Chair of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation Board.
“Harold G. Shipp and the Shipp family have helped countless residents across the region through their support of cardiac care, neuroscience services and diagnostic imaging at the Trillium sites,” says Steve Hoscheit, Foundation President and CEO. “We are enormously grateful to the Shipps for their vision and passion for quality health care in our community.”
The Foundation hosted the dedication on the third floor lobby of the new Patient Wing where a glass plaque was unveiled honouring the Shipps’ personal and corporate philanthropic support.
“I am blessed,” said Mr. Shipp, through tears, surrounded by his wife Margaret, daughters Catherine and Victoria, many of his 9 grandchildren and his three-year-old great granddaughter.
Following the reception, Debra Carson, Director, Neuroscience Services/Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Health System, Trillium sites and Clinical Manager, Stroke Unit, Nadia Woloshyn, took Shipp family members on a short tour of the Neurosciences Services patient care areas, including the special care unit on 2B. The hospital has begun plans for larger unit to be situated much closer to neurosurgery, stroke and surgical spine patient care areas. The new Neuroscience Special Care Unit will ensure high-risk patients receive the ultimate in safe, acute care.