RVH, Hospice Simcoe split $174K in Smile Cookie proceeds

A record-breaking $15 million has been raised for more than 600 local charities and community groups through the sales of Smile Cookies at Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada.

In Barrie and Stroud, local Tim Hortons restaurants and guests together raised over $174,000 to be split by two charities — Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) and Hospice Simcoe. Click here to read more.

TD Bank Group helps fund RVH’s plan for earlier intervention for youth eating disorders 

With the number of youth affected by eating disorders rising, a $600,000 donation from TD Bank Group (TD) to RVH Foundation will help Royal Victoria Regional Heath Centre (RVH) launch a new lifesaving initiative, centred on early intervention strategies, for young people struggling with this disease.

Through the support of TD, RVH will launch the Advancing Community Eating Disorders (ACED) Care Initiative, powered by TD, with the goal of reducing patient wait times through improving operational efficiencies and enhancing education for medical professionals on early intervention strategies. Click here to read more.

Over $100K raised through the 2022 RBC Race for the Kids to support youth mental health at RVH

Money from the 2022 RBC Race for the Kids will help Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) create a dedicated youth mental health care space in the emergency department.

This year, organizers say more than 600 people from Simcoe and Muskoka participated by walking, running, biking, and blading five kilometres at their own pace and space.

In total, those who participated raised $114,161 for youth mental health at RVH. Click here to read more.

Hockey stars shine, raise $155,000 at the annual Boots and Hearts Barn Burner game in Barrie

Game on once again.

The Boots and Hearts Barn Burner charity hockey game returned following a multi-year, COVID-19-related hiatus to the Sadlon Arena Aug. 3.

Well-known participants Wednesday evening included Toronto Maple Leaf’s captain John Tavares, current players Tyler Seguin, Andrew Mangiapane, Quinton Byfield, Devin Shore and Chris Tierney, and former NHLers Mike Gartner and Gary Roberts. Click here to read more.

Local Philanthropist Honours Nurses With $25,000 Matching Campaign

Local philanthropist and proud RVH supporter, Jane Brown Jackson will honour the life-changing work of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) nurses, by launching her third annual matching gift fundraiser. Having received exceptional care herself from nurses and other care providers, she is inspired to give back and show her support to those who were there for her in the moments that mattered most.

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RVH to enhance cancer diagnosis with new, advanced PET-CT technology

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) will soon install new, state-of-the-art medical imaging technology to enable earlier detection of some cancers.

Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte, along with Barrie—Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin, announced today the Ontario government is investing more than $1 million, enabling RVH to construct space in the health centre’s Medical Imaging department to house a positron emission tomography – computer tomography (PET-CT) scanner. Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) will fund the $2.7 million cost of the PET-CT, which is expected to be operational by the summer of 2023.

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RVH becomes the first Canadian regional health centre to adopt MOLLI

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), the home of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre and its innovative oncoplastic surgery department, has adopted the MOLLI® device – a precise, easy-to-use new technology for breast cancer surgery. Click here to read more.

Alectra Inc. and RVH Research Institute partner to improve health outcomes for vulnerable people

Alectra Inc., together with the RVH Foundation, have established the ‘Alectra Fund for Health and Social Innovation’ to improve the health outcomes for people who are facing barriers across our community.

Through the ‘Alectra Fund for Health & Social Innovation’, Alectra is providing $500,000 – over five years – to sponsor several studies through the RVH Research Institute that focus on the interaction between health and social issues. Click here to read more.

RVH names new President and CEO

Following an extensive four-month national search, RVH announced yesterday the appointment of Gail Hunt as new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 4, 2022. Gail will work closely with RVH’s current President & CEO, Janice Skot, in the coming months to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership transition. Janice will be retiring at the end of June. RVH names new President and CEO

RVH submits plans for first stage of expansion to Ontario government

“This is an expansion plan driven by explosive population growth and a commitment to avoid hallway medicine,” RVH president and chief executive officer Janice Skot said. “To ensure RVH can continue to meet residents’ health care needs in the future, we must secure timely approvals for the plan so we can get shovels in the ground and bring health care — and jobs — closer to home as to proceed quickly.” ‘Get shovels in the ground’: RVH submits plans for first stage of expansion to Ontario government; The Star

Pond hockey with a purpose

The inaugural Braestone Winter Classic is raising money for RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Pond hockey tournament aims to raise $40,000 for cancer centre – Orillia News (orilliamatters.com)

RVH Foundation’s Spirit of Giving raises an incredible $505,000

The Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser in partnership with Bounce 104.1, Pure Country 106, CTV Barrie and PureHealth Pharmacy raised $505,000 in support of patient care at RVH. Generous donors, Paul and Lawrene Larche, also matched donations up to $150,000. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and gave so wholeheartedly. Spirit of Giving raises more than half a million dollars for RVH (iheartradio.ca)

Grateful patient praises RVH health care ‘heroes’

Springwater Township resident says his experience at RVH was “over-the-top” positive in the midst of a global pandemic. Senior praises health-care ‘heroes’ after recent stay at Barrie hospital – Barrie News (barrietoday.com)

Celebrating Resident Doctors Awareness Week

It’s Resident Doctors Awareness Week (February 8 – 12), a national celebration of the vital work undertaken by resident physicians. At RVH, we’re particulary proud of the residents who come through our residency program for family doctors. Since the program began in 2009, 92 family medicine residents have completed their training at RVH, with 55 staying in the area to set up their own practices, providing temporary coverage for area physicians or work in various departments at RVH. You can meet some of our current resident doctors and learn about our residency program here: Barrie hospital marks Resident Doctors Awareness Week (barrietoday.com)