Articles By: Donna Danyluk

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 ...


New Respiratory Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital
New Respiratory Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) new Respiratory Unit recently welcomed its very first patient. Doreen Beamish, 80, from Barrie was the first person to be admitted to the new 32-bed unit where she was greeted by the enthusiastic and ...


Inspiring patient shares message of hope
Inspiring patient shares message of hope

Allison Roberts holds the hand of her daughter, Taryn, as they walk through the doors of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. Dressed in pink and with her cherub-like face, Taryn is the perfect picture of a little princess. Yet, for ...

Posted: March 29, 2012|Featured, Oncology, Patient Care|0 comments

Care close to home for the tiniest and most fragile residents
Care close to home for the tiniest and most
fragile residents

Yvette Gabovic-Dahlke cuddles her tiny son as she gently rocks back and forth in the hospital rocking chair. Her eyes rarely leave the precious bundle. With his little head nestled in her neck and his eyes closed in slumber, it ...

Posted: January 30, 2012|Featured, Patient Care, Pediatrics|0 comments

Closing the text book and hitting the hospital halls
Closing the text book and hitting the hospital halls

Josh Gillard, 16, is a grade 12 student at Barrie’s Eastview Secondary School, and yet so far this semester he’s rarely been there. That’s because instead of grabbing his backpack full of books and walking to school, he’s tying up his ...


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