Articles By: Donna Danyluk

Barrie chef is cooking up support for advanced cardiac care
Barrie chef is cooking up support for advanced
cardiac care

One minute Mark Thompson was watching a soccer match on television and the next he was lying on his living room floor fighting for his life. The 41-year-old Barrie man and father of two young children had the mother of ...


Telemedicine cuts travel time and enhances care
Telemedicine cuts travel time and enhances care

Dr. Bryn Pressnail, oncologist at RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre (SMRCC) has been such an avid supporter of telemedicine that he is among the first to receive a Champion of Telemedicine Award from the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Carse Harman ...


Making staff wellness a top priority
Making staff wellness a top priority

Dr. William Chen, a Barrie family physician and surgical assistant at RVH, makes time for a workout inbetween cases. Dr. William Chen is in between surgical cases so he grabs his pager and quickly leaves the operating room. Will he ...


Developing mental health services for children and teens a priority
Developing mental health services for children and teens
a priority

Tyler* Tyler lived in a dream world. It was a place filled with terror, suspicion, paranoia and voices. The voices told him of the conspiracy only he was to know about and his super powers protected him from danger. He had the ...


Acupuncture turns addict into a believer
Acupuncture turns addict into a believer

Ed Dowdall was one of first patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to be offered auricular acupuncture as an alternative therapy for addictions or mental health issues. Ed Dowdell can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on something. He started ...


Innovative breast cancer surgery one of the keys for survivorship
Innovative breast cancer surgery one of the keys
for survivorship

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Dr. Renee Hanrahan, is trained as both a cancer surgeon and a plastic surgeon, and able to perform cancer surgeries and reconstruction during the same operation. She catches up with her patient, Marie ...


Volunteer connects to Canada through the eyes of patients
Volunteer connects to Canada through the eyes of patients

When Olga Joukova slips on her cheery blue volunteer vest and walks the halls at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) she sees more than patients in rooms – she sees stories.   A Russian immigrant, Joukova discovered volunteering at ...

Posted: November 10, 2013|Featured, Patient Care|0 comments

RVH’s  rehab team gets man back into the game of life
RVH’s rehab team gets man back into the game of life

Cliff Robinson poses with Jan Neale, RN; Susan Travanut, occupational therapist and physiotherapist Kelly McCrae - members of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Day Rehabilitation team. Cliff Robinson played too many games of golf. Or that’s what the avid ...

Posted: May 22, 2013|Patient Care|0 comments

RVH’s Cancer and Palliative Care Unit…
RVH’s Cancer and Palliative Care Unit…

Mark Johnston hugged his wife Sheri Lynn, for the last time. She was unaware of the embrace. She was already gone. In the early hours of August 31st Sheri Lynn, 41, took her last breath and succumbed to the disease she ...

Posted: April 23, 2013|Palliative Care|0 comments

New emergency department opens in Barrie
New emergency department opens in Barrie

In the wee hours of Saturday, June 9, the doors were shut and the lights turned off as emergency department staff at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie said “Goodbye” to their last patient in the old ...


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