Grand River Hospital Grand Opening

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In a heartwarming collaboration, the Grand River Hospital Foundation and Smilezone Foundation transformed four new Smilezones in the Maternity Waiting Room & Hallway and Pediatric Treatment Rooms x2. 

Thank you to the Sittler family for their generous donation. Without their support, this project wouldn’t have been possible! 

“We are grateful to the Sittler family and Smilezone Foundation for their dedication to enhancing the Hospital experience for our youngest patients and their families,” said Ron Gagnon, President and CEO, of Grand River Hospital. “Their contribution will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of those we serve, and we look forward to witnessing the smiles these installations bring.”

“We feel honoured and privileged to have worked with Smilezone Foundation and the Grand River Foundation to enhance the walls of the maternity ward hallways and isolation rooms of Grand River Hospital children’s ward,” said Norma Jean Sittler. “The entire Smilezone team deserves thanks and recognition for bringing our project to life for the betterment of future community members.  Grand River Hospital has been an important part of the Sittler family history having had five generations rely on the care and support of physicians, nurses, and staff personnel.  We hope this creative donation brings an abundance of joy and happiness for many years to come.  We are pleased to bring ‘smiles’ to a community we fondly embrace.”


Smilezone Foundation is a registered charity based in Oakville, ON, committed to putting smiles on children’s and youths’ faces. Founded by Scott Bachly and Adam Graves in 2012, the Foundation’s mission is to make tough days a little brighter for children receiving treatment in hospitals and community health centres. We do this by renovating existing rooms into fun and engaging “Smilezones” that harness the uplifting power of a smile for the children, youth, and families accessing treatment and services. 


Grand River Hospital is building a world-class health system for all in the communities we serve. One of Ontario’s largest community teaching hospital, we’re delivering exceptional, patient-focused quality care through a team of dedicated healthcare workers and volunteers. Located in one of the province’s most diverse and rapidly growing regions, we provide services and support to more than 840,000 residents of Waterloo Region and Guelph Wellington at our two campuses (KW and Freeport) and satellite locations. Driven by innovation, we’re proud of our partnerships and collaborations with health system partners, our region’s academic and innovation communities, and diverse community partners.

At Grand River Hospital Foundation, we dedicate ourselves to our great community by working in partnership with people from all walks of life to make every healthcare experience exceptional. Our main objective is to raise money to support the programs and equipment needs of Grand River Hospital. Thanks to the generous support of donors across the Waterloo region, Grand River Hospital Foundation was able to raise more than $28M last year to support world-class health care right here in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo.

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