The boot cast on Brian Bockstael’s foot is a reminder of how critical the Ottawa Hospital is. After he slipped on the ice and turned his ankle, X-rays at the Civic Campus emergency department confirmed it was broken.

Brian, the president of Coughlin & Associates, which administers employee benefits for The Ottawa Hospital, has needed the hospital’s services a number of times over the years. And his three children were born at the Civic.

“Our employees and clients, and all their families, rely on the hospital for their health-care needs,” said Brian. “So, it’s important that we stand up and support them.  It’s a benefit to everybody involved. We need to have good health care.”

Image: From left to right, Mark Hogan, Dr. Kitts, Brian Bockstael, and Michel Quenneville

Coughlin has supported health care and social services in the Ottawa community for 40 years. It was one of the original donors to the eye Institute at The Ottawa Hospital in the early 1980s, and has been a generous supporter of hospital since. It is a sponsor of the annual Ottawa Hospital Gala, The RIDE,  and other annual employee fundraising events, such as golf tournaments.  Coughlin also provides a suite at the Canadian Tire Centre for hockey games as a prize for the hospital’s annual IGive Campaign.

“It is part of the community way of doing business -- of giving back,” said Brian. “We have to have good health care. So, the more support we give, the better it is,” he said.

Patient care has improved thanks to the Coughlin team’s generosity.

Brian knows firsthand the benefits of The Ottawa Hospital. His foot is on the mend, thanks to the care he received in emergency.