A Message from RVH Foundation CEO
If the past little while has shown us anything, it is that change is a constant. Our community is changing by the day. The pandemic has forever changed the community in ways we’ll continue to feel for many years to come.
Whether folks have lived or cottaged here for generations or have newly moved to the region – we all love it. And, to make sure we all continue to enjoy the quality of life this beautiful region offers, we must ensure that the quality of our health care keeps pace.
This is the opportunity that change brings with it.
To ensure that RVH can offer the region world-class, life-saving care, RVH Foundation has been preparing for the largest capital campaign effort in the history of Simcoe Muskoka.
A Message from our Campaign Co-Chairs
As long-time supporters of RVH, we could not be more honoured to be the co-chairs of what will be the largest capital campaign of its kind in Simcoe Muskoka.
This campaign, set to publicly launch this October, is a rallying cry for our community to support the planned expansion of this critical health centre. RVH is bursting at the seams. Prior to the pandemic, the hospital was at 115 percent capacity on most days. Our surgery wait times are close to four months. And the situation is only exacerbated by our rapidly growing population.
Stories From Our Community
Our corporate and individual donors, our patients and their families, make up a community of support for RVH that we’re grateful to have with us. Here are some of their RVH stories.
“The concept of Alectra being an ally to the communities and stakeholders it serves” became a rallying cry, says Peberdy. The company developed a social-impact program called AlectraCARES and began searching for partners who could help bring its vision to life. That’s where the RVH Foundation came in.
Over the years, Karen and Tom have seen the area’s exponential growth first-hand and understood the challenges that the region was facing, particularly when it comes to health care. And during the pandemic that became particularly acute.
I told myself I was overreacting, and the pain would go away. But I’d been in agony for three days, and it wasn’t getting better. My husband and I decided to go to the emergency department at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH).
Here are some of our favourite moments from the past year, when our community came together in creative and caring ways to show their support for patient care at RVH.
NATIONAL NURSING WEEK
To mark National Nursing Week in May of 2021, local philanthropist Jane Brown Jackson chose to honour the life-changing work of nurses by launching a fundraiser to benefit RVH. For the second year, Jane matched up to $25,000 in donations to RVH, resulting in more than $50,000 raised for a vital Intensive Care Unit expansion.
Having received exceptional care herself from nurses and other care providers, Jane wanted to show her gratitude by setting an example and inspiring others to donate to RVH to help provide life-saving care.
CRYSTAL CLASSIC INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Following a pandemic postponement in 2020, we were delighted to welcome back our Crystal Classic invitational golf tournament last September, in a COVID-safe format, at the beautiful Barrie Country Club.
The tournament was a sell-out and participants enjoyed a wonderful sunny day on the greens while raising $114,000 to support the future of health care in our region.
The event included an online auction, delicious sampling stations, and some friendly competition that resulted in a hole-in-one for patient care at RVH.
TIM HORTONS SMILE COOKIE CAMPAIGN
We can’t stop smiling! RVH’s Birthing Unit received $85,103 to support patient care, thanks to the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign during the week of September 13 to 19, 2021. The annual campaign is a week-long demonstration of community generosity, with all proceeds from the sale of Tim Hortons Smile Cookies benefiting local charities.
Funds raised support the redevelopment and expansion of the Birthing Unit and Maternal Care Unit – where approximately 2,000 babies are born each year – and will help RVH to meet the needs of our rapidly expanding community.
We’re grateful to the owners and staff of local Tim Hortons restaurants in Barrie & Stroud and to all those who purchased Tim Hortons Smile Cookies.
McHappy Day was McAmazing! On September 22, 2021, the community came together in a delicious way to raise an incredible $40,000 in support of RVH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Ronald McDonald House, Toronto. The funds will be split evenly between the two charities.
We’re grateful to local McDonald’s Restaurants owner/operators, Jennifer and Jason O’Neill and Trevor McKee, who generously donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of all menu items that day, which will go to support the planned expansion of the NICU.
The expansion plans include a redesign of the clinical space to allow for additional space, with more privacy for new families to bond and heal, and additional specialized equipment for resuscitation, ventilation, and monitoring. Such wonderful support for our tiniest patients!