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.

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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

New directors named to Foundation board

The 2014/15 Rouge Valley Health System Board of Directors: Back row from left, Gord Moore, Jim Boyko (Vice-Chair), Dr. Mark Prieditis, Wayne Cassidy, Shiv Bansal, Frank Ortencio, John DiCesare, Victor Sgro, Tom McCulloch, Michael Claener (Treasurer), Ken Scullion and Dineshkumar Subramaniam. Seated from left, Dr. Romas Stas, Janet Ainslie, Terri Toms, Judith Barker (Chair), Sherry Robinson, Nancy Maxwell, Lucy Stocco and Chad Hanna (President & CEO). Absent: Michael Angemeer, Mark Jackson, Peter Lobraico, Dr. Joe Ricci, Faith Mariano, Joan Wideman and Rik Ganderton.
Two community leaders elected to hospital charity’s Board of Directors

July 18, 2014 — A long time volunteer and supporter, along with a returning founding member were elected to the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation (RVHSF) Board of Directors at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting at the end of June.

Wayne Cassidy and Peter Lobraico begin three-year terms on the Board of Directors and will help to provide leadership and oversight to the activities of the Foundation. Judith Barker, who accepted the nomination to continue to Chair the RVHSF Board of Directors for the 2014/15 term, is pleased on behalf of her fellow Board members, to announce the addition of the newest members.

“These two men are great community supporters and have a special bond with Rouge Valley,” said Ms. Barker. “Their generous support, of time, talent and finances has already proven they are great friends to the Foundation. Through their involvement as Board members, we are certain they will help us achieve great success in the years ahead to raise needed funds to provide the Rouge Valley Health System with leading-edge medical equipment.”

Wayne Cassidy, Principal of D.W. Cassidy & Co, is actively involved in community service through local charities and minor sports, including sponsoring and running an annual charity golf tournament which has raised close to $500,000 over the last 26 years, benefiting local charities including the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation. He and his wife Sandra are long-time donors and supporters of Foundation signature events such as the annual Rouge Gala and Who's Your Caddy? ladies-only golf tournament.

Peter Lobraico is was a founding member of the first Foundation board in 1989 and served on the board for 12 years, six years as chair. Peter left the Foundation Board at that time to serve as a member of the Rouge Valley Health System board for nine years. Peter is looking forward to rejoining the Foundation Board as it moves forward with fundraising to support Rouge Valley's expansive and well-respected surgical program and has agreed to Chair the Plastics/Cancer Surgical Fundraising Campaign for 2014.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spectacular Homes of Toronto East Revealed During Gates Open Home and Garden Tours June 14

People looking for spectacular home and garden ideas enjoyed the 2014 Gates Open Home and Garden Tour June 14.

Nine breath-taking homes situated along the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto East were featured, in the Bluffs area, which boasts some of Canada’s most enviable real estate. Community volunteers along with the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, organized the exclusive event in support of the community hospital’s surgical program.

“We are opening our homes and gardens to guests to showcase the beauty of the Bluffs and Scarborough’s million dollar view of Lake Ontario,” Committee Member Erin Fulton-Girgis said before the tour. Her own home – which recently underwent extensive upgrades - was part of the tour. “This neighbourhood is often called Scarborough’s best kept secret. Our goal is to let others see what we already know: the Scarborough Bluffs is an amazing place to live.”

The eight selected homes ranged from traditional to urban d├ęcor, each magnificently appointed. Their grounds are impeccably manicured, some with walkways that meander down to the lake. The June date assures the seasonal perennials are in full bloom, accented with each homeowner’s favourite annuals in their inspiring landscaped properties along the 65-metre high escarpment. 

“Rouge Valley Health System was my home away from home as a child growing up with asthma,” says Erin. “When we moved into our home two years ago, we knew it needed some TLC. Since then we have gutted the first and second floor to better suit our lifestyle and have done a lot landscape work outside. Unveiling the new look of our home is a perfect way to support the hospital that helped me as a kid.”

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ThrowBack Thursday: Roger Anderson

Regional Chairman Roger Anderson has fond memories of Ajax and Pickering's hospital from over the years. Here's what he tells us: 

"I can remember the days when you could go to the Ajax and Pickering hospital, no traffic light, only one way in and one way out. 

There was no exit off Clements. And when you walked in the front door of the hospital, everyone knew who you were, because they were all local. It didn't matter whether you were visiting or you were there for care, everyone knew who you were. 

And today, as you go in, it's still the same, except there's so many new people they don't know everyone anymore.But the care and the attention is still the same."

Thanks for sharing Chairman Anderson.
Do you have a memory of Ajax and Pickering hospital to share?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Walk with Heart hits ambitious $100,000 target, yet again

When it comes to the Rouge Valley Health System’s Cardiac Rehab team, it is a marvel to behold what they can accomplish with the amazing energy level their staff and volunteers bring to everything they do. Such is the case with the 2014 Walk with Heart, which once again ‘wowed’ everyone who attended on April 26 at Rouge Valley Centenary’s 11th Floor rehab centre.

With a morning full of activities and entertainment, the 727 participants walked their way to the event’s goal of $100,000. It was the second consecutive year the event has hit that ambitious target and organizers were raving about the support they received.

“A big thank you to everyone who participated and helped out with this year’s Walk with Heart!,” says Lynn Scholey, an Exercise Therapist for the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Service. “It’s a total success story.”

See more pictures here.

She points to a few of the many highlights from the event to show how they were able to reach their goal. The biggest walk team this year was 30 walkers and the highest fundraising total was $6,000!
Other notables: The donation from farthest away came from Gosnells, Australia, and the largest one-time donation was $1,020.

Among the fun had during the morning, were Boy vs. Girl Exercise Therapist challenges, featuring a fun tricycle race and biathlon challenge. Exercise Therapist Mike won the MET test challenge with the highest peak oxygen consumption.

Miss Universe Canada finalists came out to offer support and many of the hospital’s cardiologists attended and took part in cardiac test challenges to support fundraising for the event.

All in all, the Walk with Heart was a tremendous success again and everyone from the Cardiac Rehab team expresses their appreciation to all of the participants, donors and volunteers for their generous support.