Smilezone Foundation transforms OSMH’s Outpatient Paediatric Unit

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Outpatient Unit

A new unit makeover at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is sure to put smiles on patients and their families. The Smilezone Foundation worked closely with the Hospital to renovate and transform the new Outpatient Paediatric Unit on Soldiers’ 2. The space includes colourful murals, modern furniture, and interactive elements like wall-mounted iPads.

“When you walk into the newly renovated unit, you’re transformed from a clinical hospital space to one of beauty, comfort and playfulness,” said Nicole Kraftscik, Senior Development Officer, OSMH Foundation. “We are so grateful for this incredible gift from the Smilezone Foundation, which will make such a difference in the lives of kids and their families across North-Simcoe Muskoka.”

OSMH’s Outpatient Paediatric Program which includes child cancer care, juvenile diabetes, eating disorder care, asthma, mental health and more, are located at four different sites. With the help of Smilezone Foundation and community donors, all the services of this program will soon move to the second floor of OSMH into the new Outpatient Paediatric Unit, as part of the Hospital’s greater movement to “wrap care” around the patient. Now kids who use multiple services of the program will spend less time at the Hospital, and enjoy a transformed family friendly space that includes a gym, murals, iPads and new toys.

“Smilezone Foundation is honored to help improve the experience of young patients at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital,” said Scott Bachly, Founder, Smilezone Foundation. “We know that spending time in the hospital truly affects the entire family, and we are overjoyed that children, siblings, and family members now have these new Smilezone spaces to help make their visits a little easier.”

The Outpatient Paediatric Program at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital provides care to thousands of patients every year across North Simcoe Muskoka. As part of the transformations, Smilezone also replaced the family kitchen and refreshed a treatment room in the Inpatient Paediatric Unit. The project at OSMH is Smilezone’s 36th facility in Ontario, with 193 completed Zones to date.