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CIBC makes a healthy investment by pledging $500K for the New Humber River Hospital


CIBC makes a healthy investment by pledging $500K for the New Humber River Hospital

TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - CIBC today announced a generous pledge of $500,000 in support of the NEW Humber River Hospital - North America's first fully digital hospital. The new hospital's Cancer Centre waiting room will be named in recognition of CIBC's investment in the health of our community.

Representatives from CIBC, led by Senior Vice President Larry Tomei, gathered at the construction site of the new Humber River Hospital on May 16(th) to celebrate CIBC's pledge and to take a tour of the new Hospital construction site, including the Cancer Centre.

The new Cancer Centre is projected to receive over 17,000 visits annually.  From assessment and detection to treatment, Humber's Cancer Program provides an integrated approach to care that puts patients and their families first.

CIBC is committed to working with organizations that support research and services for people affected by cancer, as well as with programs focused on advocacy and treatment that make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. Over the past 15 years CIBC and its employees have invested $135 million nationally in health care and research, with a focus on cancer.

Quotes:

Larry Tomei, SVP, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC

"CIBC supports causes that matter to our clients, employees and communities. With a community investment focus on Kids, Cures and Community, we are proud to support the Humber River Hospital Foundation,  an organization that makes a difference in the lives of so many individuals across the region. We're committed to working with organizations that support those living with cancer; research into early detection and advanced treatment methods; and ultimately towards finding a cure."

Dr. Rueben Devlin, President & CEO, Humber River Hospital

"We applaud CIBC for their generous investment in the NEW Humber River Hospital and our vision to reinvent patient care.  Their long standing dedication to our hospital has made a significant impact in this community.  Through this $500,000 pledge, CIBC has demonstrated their belief in a hospital where caring will be just as important as the care. On behalf of the entire Humber team I thank them for their support."

About Humber River Hospital:

Humber River Hospital is one of Canada's largest regional acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. The hospital currently operates on three sites with a total of 549 beds, 3,000 staff, approximately 600 physicians and 400 volunteers. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, the hospital is home to Ontario's first Centre of Excellence for laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Canada's first home nocturnal dialysis program and a major cancer program.

Humber River Hospital is currently building North America's first fully digital hospital, one that the organization plans to make a technological and environmental showcase. Learn more about our plans for the future at www.hrrh.ca/redevelopment.

About CIBC:

CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2012, CIBC contributed more than $38 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations.  You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

Lori D'Amore Marketing and Communications Officer Humber River Hospital Foundation (416) 249-8111 ext. 3985 ldamore@hrrh.on.ca

Image with caption: "Mr. Larry Tomei, Senior Vice President, Retail and Business Banking for CIBC (6th from left) presents Dr. Rueben Devlin, President & CEO of Humber River Hospital (to Mr. Tomei's left), with a cheque for $500,000. The waiting room at the NEW Humber River Hospital's Cancer Care Centre will be named in recognition of CIBC's investment in Humber River Hospital and the health of the community they serve. (CNW Group/Humber River Regional Hospital)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7732_PHOTO_EN_26825.jpg

Image with caption: "Mr. Larry Tomei, Senior Vice President, Retail and Business Banking for CIBC (5th from right) and members of the CIBC team pose for a photo in what will be the NEW Humber River Hospital's Cancer Care Centre's waiting room. (CNW Group/Humber River Regional Hospital)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130516_C7732_PHOTO_EN_26824.jpg

SOURCE: Humber River Regional Hospital

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CO: Humber River Regional Hospital ST: Ontario NI: HEA CHARITY

-0- May/16/2013 15:54 GMT

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