Stories of HopeA Gift That Will Keep on Giving

Posted on: Dec 21, 2016

A generous gift of beautiful art to the Lois Hole Hospital for Women has arrived just in time to brighten spirits for Christmas.

Dr. David Buchanan and his wife Betty Jean donated three lovely paintings that have found a new home on the walls of the busy third floor Post Partum Unit of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

Dr. Buchanan practiced in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital from 1963 to 1994. During that time, he took care of a lot of mothers and babies, and wanted to give something of lasting value to the hospital where he spent so many dedicated years.

The three paintings are by Judith Christine Mills, whose evocative work contains depictions of cultures across Canada. The paintings depict newborns and their families, a fitting and wonderful addition to the ward.

“My wife and I found these works in a private gallery in the west end – and they seemed perfect for us,” says Dr. Buchanan. “The paintings hung on the walls of my office at the Baker Clinic for many years and when I retired, they came home with me. Now, we believe that giving the watercolours to the hospital seems appropriate, and the staff responsible for deciding where to hang them found an absolutely perfect spot for them in Post Partum. They look perfect and we couldn’t be happier.”

Terry Tobin, Senior Development Officer of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, expressed his enthusiasm for the gift and remarked on its suitability for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

“There’s a very tangible value to artwork in a hospital setting,” says Tobin. “The Lois Hole Hospital for Women is home to an eclectic set of artworks that provide comfort to patients in almost every part of the hospital. It’s part of the holistic approach to healing and patient care that the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is famous for. We’re delighted to welcome these new additions to the collection.”

Buchanan Art Donation

(Left to Right): Betty Jean Buchanan, Lorna Clark (Antepartum Unit Manager, Lois Hole Hospital for Women), Dr. David Buchanan, and Janie Tyrrell (Executive Director of Women’s Health, Lois Hole Hospital for Women) with the beautiful Mills paintings donated by Dr. and Mrs.Buchanan.