Articles By: Donna Danyluk
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
Care close to home for the tiniest and most
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 ...
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 ...
The first association of volunteers at Hôpital Montfort was created in the spring of 1955 when Ms. LeFort, wife of the hospital’s architect, […]Read more →
From high school and university students to young professionals and recent retirees, volunteers at Runnymede Healthcare Centre play an integral role in enhancing […]Read more →
We believe that our events should be educational tools that benefit our participants both physically and socially. This year, the University of Ottawa […]Read more →
Improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers is a constant endeavor for health care organizations. Since 2009, hospitals in Ontario have been required […]Read more →
Fate led me to the field of neurosurgery. As a young man, I was a keen cyclist and skier. Then, when I was in […]Read more →
Since its founding in 1992, volunteers have been one of the most valuable resources for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, playing a vital role […]Read more →
Craig Bemrose does much more than just serve coffee at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). He’s also helping to improve patient care […]Read more →
Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University have opened the first phase of a new outpatient clinic that will provide innovative care for adults […]Read more →
Two years ago, during the Summit for Sinai fundraising climb up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the fundraisingteam encountered an unexpected life-saving task. While making […]Read more →
Facilities Management and Design
When the Just for Kids (JFK) Clinic opened 23 years ago at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, it had just an office and two […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a really long time.” Eighteen-year-old Chelsea Leger-Watt says these words just after her high school graduation. […]Read more →
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Mount Sinai Hospital is launching a new fundraising walk this fall that will be the only walk in Toronto focused on the critically-important […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
When Dr. Amber Couzens talks about the Hippo pathway, she is not referring to a large lumbering mammal. The post-doctoral researcher in the […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
The growth of ambulatory care services is having a dramatic impact on how health care is delivered in Canada. Better management of ambulatory care […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
The excruciating pain has often been compared to childbirth, and at some point in their life one in 10 Canadians will experience it. […]Read more →
Shortly after giving birth, Tiffany Lawless found her perfect match. She landed a one-in-a-million-job helping to match new moms with patients who need […]Read more →
When it comes to golfing, the participants of the Who’s Your Caddy? Ladies-Only Golf Tournament can’t be accused of taking the game too […]Read more →
When a group of drugs called the “new oral anticoagulants” or “NOACs” recently became available in Canada, many felt that it would be […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
The health care system needs transformative change. That’s not a platitude or a pie-in-the-sky aspiration. That’s today’s reality for health leaders who face year-over-year […]Read more →
Patient and Staff Safety
A 73-year old woman is in hospital after surgery to remove a bowel cancer. She is given broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent infection at […]Read more →