On Friday, October 11th, North York General Foundation hosted a musical recognition event in the Torokvei Atrium at our Hospital to thank Dr. Martin and Mrs. Ann Strauss for donating a Samick baby grand piano to our General site.
“In honour of this gift, we are very proud to announce the Strauss Music Series at North York General to promote the healing art of music and enhance the experience of our patients and families,” said Terry Pursell, President & CEO, NYGH Foundation.
The Strauss Music Series will be held in our Atrium four times annually, and will feature talented musicians from our community, including the staff of North York General.
The inaugural event featured special musical performances by two of our talented staff members: Dr. Rupert Abdalian of the Family Medicine team playing the piano, and Lisa Tobias, Special Events Officer for the Foundation playing the cello.
Dr. Tim Rutledge, President & CEO of North York General Hospital, also thanked Dr. and Mrs. Strauss for their thoughtful gift. “Today, the gift of Martin and Ann’s beloved piano is the start of a new legacy at North York General. We have an amazing opportunity to share the universal language of music through live performance and are proud to honour their generosity with performances by two outstanding musicians,” said Dr. Rutledge.
“As a musician myself, I am a true believer in the healing effects of music and I can’t think of a more meaningful way for Dr. and Mrs. Strauss to share their passion than to support musical performance as part of the patient experience here at NYGH.”
Dr. Strauss is a practicing clinical cardiologist and member of the Department of Cardiology and Internal Medicine at NYGH since 1986. Prior to its merger with North York General in 2001, Dr. Strauss was Chief of the Department of Cardiology at Branson Hospital.
The next Strauss Music Series event has been scheduled for December 13, 2013.