For Immediate Release

April 26, 2019

CIBC Donates $75,000 towards new Endoscopy Clinic at the Dartmouth General Hospital  

L-R: Blair Brown, Senior Manager & Team Leader, Public Sector & Professional Associations Atlantic, CIBC Commercial Banking; Stephen Harding, President and CEO, DGH Foundation; David Garnier, First Vice President, Portfolio Management and Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy; Tim Robbins, Market Vice President Nova Scotia, CIBC Commercial Banking; Peter Boyd, Board Chair, DGH Foundation

DARTMOUTH, NS (April 24, 2019) – At the Dartmouth General Hospital today, the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation alongside CIBC announced a generous pledge of $75,000 towards the $13M Above and Beyond Capital Campaign.

“The Foundation would like to thank CIBC for their amazing gift,” says Stephen Harding, President and CEO of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. “CIBC has been a longtime supporter of the Dartmouth General as an event sponsor and as a committed donor, and this pledge means so much to our community by allowing us to enhance and expand our endoscopic services.”

CIBC’s pledge will help fund the latest equipment and technology in the new Endoscopy Clinic, which will be part of the new Surgical Centre in the hospital’s three-story addition, scheduled to open in December 2019. The Endoscopy Clinic will improve patient care, specifically in cancer care, through early detection and diagnosis.

“We are delighted to make this gift to the Above and Beyond Campaign,” notes Mike Bagnall, Vice-President and Regional Head of CIBC Commercial Banking Atlantic. “CIBC prides itself in addressing community needs, like timely and accessible healthcare, and we are proud to give back to the Dartmouth General Hospital by positively impacting patients’ experience in endoscopy care.”

The new Endoscopy Clinic will have two dedicated exam and procedure rooms, something the hospital has never had before. Currently, eighty percent of all scoping and screening, like colonoscopies, done at the Dartmouth General are related to cancer investigation. The new clinic will allow the Dartmouth General healthcare team to reduce wait times for these endoscopic procedures.

Each year, more than 12,000 Nova Scotians are found to have pre-cancerous growths. Removing polyps during colonoscopies can prevent illnesses, like colorectal cancer, and reduce the number of deaths from the disease. Thanks to donors like CIBC, Dartmouth General’s new Endoscopy Clinic will be equipped with better technologies to more accurately identify these precancerous growths.

 “We are excited to be investing in positive change in our communities, especially when it comes to diseases like cancer that have affected many of us and those around us,” says David Garnier, First Vice-President, Portfolio Management  and Investment Advisor of CIBC Wood Gundy. “We are thrilled to be a part of the project that is able to provide Dartmouth General with the technology necessary to excel these types of services even further.”

Thank you CIBC, your gift will impact the lives of many.

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