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Armoyan family celebrates impact of their IWK donation

October 5, 2015

Halifax, NS – Members of the Armoyan family visited the IWK Health Centre today to celebrate the tremendous impact of their generous donation on the delivery of patient care over the last five years.

In 2010, the newly redeveloped Armoyan Family Pediatric Medical Unit (PMU) opened on the 7th floor of the IWK thanks to a $750,000 gift from the Armoyans as part of the Children’s Site Redevelopment Project. Today, George Armoyan and members of his family visited the unit to learn about the many ways patients, families and caregivers have benefited from their philanthropy.

“It gives our family great pride to give back to our community by supporting the IWK. It’s an important resource that’s there for our children and grandchildren when they need it,” said George Armoyan, family spokesman. “To walk through the hallways of a space we helped improve and meet the patients who are receiving care here is incredibly moving.”

One of those patients is nine year old Kenzie Fraser. Kenzie has Systematic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) – a condition that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of motion in the joints. She has spent a lot of time at the IWK throughout her life and was an inpatient the day the new Armoyan Family Pediatric Medical Unit opened five years ago.

“There is no comparison between the old unit and the new unit,” said Jennifer Fraser, Kenzie’s mom. “It’s much more welcoming and comfortable for families like ours and has made a great difference to the quality of our stays at the IWK.”

The PMU has 24 single patient rooms, each with its own bathroom. The space was designed with the goal of providing more comfort, privacy and dignity to families. Patients cared for on the unit range from very young infants to teenagers who require hospital admissions for a variety of medical reasons. Examples include gastroenterology patients with irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease, respiratory patients with asthma, chronic lung disease or cystic fibrosis, or infectious disease patients with rheumatology disorders such as JIA and autoimmune conditions.

“We are honoured to welcome the Armoyan family to the IWK today to highlight the tremendous impact of their gift for our patients and their families,” said Tracy Kitch, president & CEO, IWK Health Centre. “Their incredible generosity allowed us to dramatically transform this physical space and create an environment where we can deliver the highest levels of patient and family-centered quality care.”


About the IWK Foundation

The IWK Foundation is a champion of excellence in women's and children's health and medicine and works in partnership with the IWK Health Centre to support their vision of providing quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime Provinces and beyond. Our donors are passionately committed to making a difference for Maritime families, contributing over $13 million to the most urgent care priorities at the IWK last year. Funds raised also support the IWK's global leadership in research and knowledge sharing, which in turn improves lives worldwide. For more information, visit

About the IWK Health Centre

The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region's leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. In addition to providing highly specialized and complex care, the IWK provides certain primary care services and is a strong advocate for the health of families. The IWK is a global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a partner in educating the next generation of health professionals. Visit

Photo caption: (L-R) Jennifer Gillivan, president & CEO, IWK Foundation, Jennifer and Kenzie Fraser, IWK patient family, Tracy Kitch, president & CEO, IWK Health Centre, George Armoyan, Sime Armoyan, George Armoyan and Sam Armoyan.

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Kelly Duggan
Communications Strategist
IWK Foundation

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