Monday, December 1, 2014

New newsletter now available

The Fall/Winter 2014/15 Community Giving Newsletter is now available in the Foundation offices at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering and Centenary hospital campuses.

If you prefer a printed copy, come by our office and say hi and we'll have a copy there for you!

If you can't wait to see it, you can download a PDF version to see on your computer or tablet, right here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mayor's Gala


This year’s Pickering Mayor’s Gala marked a decade as the premiere black-tie fundraiser for Durham Region. More than $1 million has been raised for Rouge Valley Ajax-Pickering Hospital and other important community organizations.
We revisited our roots, the Festival of Trees, in celebration of our hospital’s 60th anniversary.
Guests experienced the awe-inspiring beauty of a Winter Wonderland –without the cold. They recaptured that sense of wonder and joy of fresh snow from our youth.
The funds raised during this memorable evening go directly back into our community supporting those in need. Once again, the majority of the funds will support Rouge Valley Ajax-Pickering hospital –our community’s most valuable asset. A portion of the funds will also support Luke’s Place, Wounded Warriors, Joanne’s House, and the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity.
We could not make such a real difference without the support of our community and corporate partners.
See all of the photos here.

Santa Claus Parades


The Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, through the generous support of Board member Dr. Romas Stas, entered a float in this year's Santa Claus parades, in both Pickering (morning) and Ajax (evening) on Nov. 27.
The float featured pictures of the hospital and staff over the years, celebrating the 60 years of the Ajax and Pickering hospital serving the two communities.

Monday, November 24, 2014

RVAP Milestones!


Now in its 60th year, hospital looking back 50 years to the expansion that changed it all
Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) is celebrated two historic landmarks in the history of Ajax and Pickering’s hospital, with the 60th anniversary of the hospital being recognized this year, and a special event held Nov. 21 to mark the 50th anniversary of the building expansion that changed everything for the community hospital. 
In 1964, the hospital officially completed and opened a four-storey brick building with 127 acute-care beds and 24 bassinets. It is this expansion that was celebrated on Friday, Nov. 21, with a tea and reception, featuring an address from Rouge Valley’s Chairman, Joan Wideman. Many retired nurses and health care staff were on hand to mingle and share their hospital memories, having worked at the hospital over the past 50 years.
“The communities of Ajax and Pickering have always been tremendously supportive and loyal to their community hospital,” says RVHS Board Chairman Joan Wideman. “I’m looking forward to talking to many of the Staff members, Physicians and Auxiliary members who have been part of the team over the years and to commemorating the opening of the expansion that transformed this health care centre into the hospital we know today.”
The hospital’s origin can be traced back to a one-storey wooden building located on King's Crescent in Ajax built during the Second World War. This 30-bed emergency hospital was run by Defense Industries Ltd. as part of the munitions plant operated by the Canadian government. When the war ended, the plant and the hospital were closed. In need of a hospital, the community rallied to raise the needed funds and in 1954, the new hospital officially opened with 38 beds and 12 bassinets, incorporating the original wooden building, which had been relocated to Harwood Avenue.
Today Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering (RVAP) hospital campus is a respected acute care community hospital with a modern 24-hour emergency that expanded in 2009 to currently care for more than 60,000 patient visits per year. The hospital also features a number of excellent programs including obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery, mental health and regional cardiac care. And just as it did at the start, the hospital continues to rely on the loyalty of the communities it serves, enjoying generous support for annual fundraising to make state-of-the-art equipment possible for the medical staff at RVAP to care for patients.
See all of the pictures here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Support from Muslim community

Muslim Welfare Centre brings $50,000 donation to benefit RVHS through Cardiac Care Program

On Saturday, November 15, a partnership between the Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto and Rouge Valley Health System Foundation formed with the announcement of a very generous $50,000 gift for the hospital’s Cardiac Care Program. 
This is the first ever gift of its kind to a local community hospital by this group. Foundation representatives met with Muhammad Ali, a Director on the MWC Board, last year and he shared his cardiac story with us. He learned first hand as a patient what the direct impact of community donations mean to patients who have undergone a cardiac event. 
As a patient, Muhammed experienced the full range of the services provided in the Cardiac Care Program, from emergency to rehab. It gave him an appreciation for the program and since then the Foundation has worked with Muhammed and his many colleagues who have shared similar stories and this is how they came to choose to support their local hospital. 
The Muslim Welfare Centre was founded in 1993 by Muhammad’s parents, the late Major Muhammad Abbas Ali and wife Sarwar Jahan Begum, who were once patients of Dr. Ricci, as well. 
This amazing non-profit organization participates in significant outreach throughout Ontario, Canada, and the world. From essential Food Banks, Meals on Wheels, the Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Public School Nutrition program, Free Medical Clinic, Disaster Relief, Support a Child, Water Exploration, and the very recent Regent Park Meals, just to name a few! 

The Foundation gives its heartfelt thanks to the Muslim Welfare Centre for this new partnership.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Community’s hospital celebrating big milestones

Now in its 60th year, hospital looking back 50 years to the expansion that changed it all

Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) is celebrating two historic landmarks in the history of Ajax and Pickering’s hospital, with the 60th anniversary of the hospital being recognized this year, and next week a special event planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the building expansion that changed everything for the community hospital.
Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering, as it looked back in 1964!


In 1964, the hospital officially completed and opened a four-storey brick building with 127 acute-care beds and 24 bassinets. It is this expansion to be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 21, with a tea and reception, featuring an address from Rouge Valley’s Chairman, Joan Wideman. Many retired nurses and health care staff expected to return to mingle and share their hospital memories, having worked at the hospital over the past 50 years.

“The communities of Ajax and Pickering have always been tremendously supportive and loyal to their community hospital,” says RVHS Board Chairman Joan Wideman. “I’m looking forward to talking to many of the Staff members, Physicians and Auxiliary members who have been part of the team over the years and to commemorating the opening of the expansion that transformed this health care centre into the hospital we know today.”

The hospital’s origin can be traced back to a one-storey wooden building located on King's Crescent in Ajax built during the Second World War. This 30-bed emergency hospital was run by Defense Industries Ltd. as part of the munitions plant operated by the Canadian government. When the war ended, the plant and the hospital were closed. In need of a hospital, the community rallied to raise the needed funds and in 1954, the new hospital officially opened with 38 beds and 12 bassinets, incorporating the original wooden building, which had been relocated to Harwood Avenue.

Today Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering (RVAP) hospital campus is a respected acute care community hospital with a modern 24-hour emergency that expanded in 2009 to currently care for more than 60,000 patient visits per year. The hospital also features a number of excellent programs including obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery, mental health and regional cardiac care. And just as it did at the start, the hospital continues to rely on the loyalty of the communities it serves, enjoying generous support for annual fundraising to make state-of-the-art equipment possible for the medical staff at RVAP to care for patients.

Dignitaries expected to be on hand to help celebrate the occasion include Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson and Pickering-Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles, Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan and members of Ajax Council.

Date: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital campus, Cafeteria, East Entrance
580 Harwood Ave. S., Ajax.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seeing is Believing


The Rouge Valley Health System Foundation was honoured to hold an exclusive evening for the supporters of the Seeing is Believing campaign on Oct. 15.
Guests enjoyed featured art and wine sponsored by E&J Gallo Winery Canada Ltd. to support and celebrate the Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Program of Rouge Valley Health System. The event was hosted by de luca fine art gallery on Avenue Road in Toronto.
Along with professional artists, we asked a few celebrity 'artists' to contribute. One such person who agreed to participate was artist and Canadian rock icon Terry Watkinson of Max Webster. He picked up a paint brush to create an original piece for the event. He was joined by Christine Bentley, Breakfast TV’s Dina Pugliese and Jennifer Valentyne, to name a few more.
For more details on the campaign, contact Ros Sagar-Lal at rsagar-lal@rougevalley.ca.
See all of the pictures here.