Thursday, April 10, 2014

Celebrating 60 years of Ajax's hospital: Muriel's story

Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. We asked some of our long-time supporters to share their memories of how the hospital has impacted them over the years:

On May 27, 1955, our son Eric was born at Ajax General hospital.

Dr. Ruddy was called to attend. As he was on his way to a party, he was wearing a tuxedo. (Knowing the story) our son says "of course he was wearing a tuxedo, he was delivering me, wasn't he!?"

There was one nurse that evening on maternity. As she was busy in the delivery room, the five women in postnatal, went to the nursery, picked out our own babies, and took them back to our rooms to breastfeed.

Since then, the hospital has seen us through many incidents, including my husband's three heart attacks!
Muriel Hughes, Ajax


If you have a memory of Ajax and Pickering's hospital from over the years, email mslavik@rougevalley.ca.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Healing Hope Brunch puts cancer care in spotlight

Cancer survivor holds second annual event to support ‘excellent’ oncology program

Letna Allen-Rowe enjoyed the success of her first Healing Hope Brunch so much that she decided to bring even more hope to the staff, doctors and patients of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital’s (RVC) Oncology Unit, by bringing the event back for a second time.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I have benefited from the services of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital, its team of doctors, oncologists, nurses and volunteers. I pledged to give back to the hospital, so for my second year of this event I hope to raise enough funds this time to double the effort,” says Ms. Letna. “If I can replace one pair of surgical gloves, or even an injection needle, I may be able to help save a life from the dreaded effects of cancer, especially breast cancer.”



See all of the photos from the event here.

This year’s Healing Hope Brunch featured a fantastic lineup of entertainment, with host Marcia Brown, a fashion show with designs by Hylton House of Designs as well as Premier Jour, and even a couple of special guest speakers from RVC’s Oncology team, who shared their knowledge on cancer care. Ms. Letna, a performer and singer herself, was very excited to bring together talented performers including Jimmy Reid, Mr. Cooper, the Forest Creek Steel Band Orchestra, Mel C, Marley Edwards and duo Rochelle Robinson and Jestiena Salmon for the audience’s listening pleasure.


The brunch took place at the St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Sunday, March 30 and proceeds support both RVC’s Oncology Program as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Celebrating 60 years of Ajax's hospital: Paul's story


Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. We asked some of our long-time supporters to share their memories of how the hospital has impacted them over the years:

We moved to Ajax in 1976.

Two weeks before we were to move into our home, I had a bad fall and sustained several compression fractures of my vertebrae.

Several good things came of that. I met Dr. Hans Weber in Emergency who became my primary care physician until his recent retirement; I saw the complete coverage of the Montreal Olympics from my hospital bed; I did not have to move one stick of furniture; and we became fast friends with neighbours who received and installed our new appliances.

And yes my treatment in hospital was first rate.
Paul Hamilton, Ajax

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Celebrating 60 years of Ajax's hospital: Colleen's story

Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. We asked some of our long-time supporters to share their memories of how the hospital has impacted them over the years:

    In November 2006, our grandson was born at the Markham Stouffville Hospital, a healthy baby boy. However, he was unwilling to take much nourishment and did not thrive. Therefore, he was sent to Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital to a unit in which one nurse is assigned to only two babies, those needing special care.
    After a few days our darling grandson was responding well and gaining weight. He was discharged as a healthy, thriving baby and is now a healthy seven-year-old.
    Our family is very grateful for the tender care he received at the Ajax and Pickering hospital.
Colleen Robinson, Whitby

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Celebrating 60 years of Ajax's hospital: Edith's story

Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. We asked some of our long-time supporters to share their memories of how the hospital has impacted them over the years:

Edith Hogarth
I have lived in the area since around 1953 — first in Pickering Village and now in the City of Pickering. My husband was involved as chair of the Hospital Board when they were raising money for a new hospital and because I didn't drive, I wanted to be of service in some way. So when the Auxiliary started the "4477 Shoppe" in the Village, I became one of the volunteers.
I volunteered there for 37 years until it closed in 2013. I am now in my 90s and cannot do what I used to do, but I still knit for the Auxiliary and support it as well as I am able to do, on a limited income.
Over the years my husband and I have both been patients at the hospital and have received good care. My husband passed away in 2001 — he was always interested in the hospital and I have tried to do the same.
Sincerely,
Edith Hogarth
PS: I forgot to mention that five of my grandchildren were born at the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital site.

Thank you for sharing your memories Edith!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Healing Hope Brunch returns March 30, 2014


  LETNA ALLEN ROWE
MS. LETNA’S ANNUAL SPRING HEALING HOPE BRUNCH
A CANCER SURVIVOR AND HER JOURNEY
 
I was diagnosed with breast cancer December 16. 2011. I was petrified, thinking that my life was coming to an end, as seen with so many others who have all gone before me. With the help of my family, daughter Yanique and my husband Arnold Rowe, we vowed to fight the dreaded disease with everything that we had. While going through my treatment, taking the cancer drug Letrozole, multiple surgeries and reconstruction, it hit me that I could do something with my life instead of moping and crying everyday.
Ms. Letna.

It is said that in their lifetime, one in six women will be affected by breast cancer, so we have to fight to erase that fact. The thought of raising funds for the Centenary Hospital (which was my treatment site) was running through my mind, so I decided to work on it. I mentioned this brilliant idea to my doctors, and all they said to me was get well first, this is going to be too stressful on your body. I did not listen, and I went ahead and planned the first “Ms. Letna’s Healing Hope Brunch.”

As a “Breast Cancer Survivor,” I have benefited from the services of the Centenary Hospital, its team of doctors, Oncologists, nurses and volunteers. I pledged to give back to the hospital, so for my second year of this event I hope to raise enough funds this time to double the effort. If I can replace one pair of surgical gloves, or even an injection needle, I may be able to help save a life from the dreaded effects of cancer, especially breast cancer.

In my first year, 2013, I raised $5,500.00 which went directly to the Breast Cancer Department, and I am positive that lives were helped to be saved because of the effort. My goal is to increase or double that amount of funds to the hospital each year. I hope that over a five year period I can give the Cancer Department, especially the Breast Cancer Department, a gift of $30,000 or more. I will also be donating $1000.00 (CAD) which is equivalent to $100,000.00 (JA) to the Jamaica Cancer Society to provide Mammogram and Ultrasound for needy women who are suffering from Breast Cancer and cannot afford to pay for this service.

Dr. Naresh Mohan, Chief of Staff at the Scarborough Centenary Site, and Dr. Marietta Zorn, Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon will be the upcoming brunch guest speakers. Last year I had my Cancer Surgeon, Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. Chiarotto, my Oncologist as the guest speakers.

How did I survive breast cancer and keep on doing the things I love to do? I don’t cry, I don’t complain; I pray, I go to work every day to ensure that my company continues to operate, I continue with my acting (most of the time playing “Mrs. Bonavich” in the Marcia Brown Production of “I Need To Know My Father,”), as well as continuing to entertain at banquets, parties, anniversaries and any other events where I am invited to perform..

I am now in discussion with the Olive Branch of Hope organization and with Taibu Community Health Centre in Scarborough to host a “Scarborough Breast Cancer Support Group” for ethnic women. My hope is that this service will enlighten women about the disease as well as give them support to cope with it and to help them a have a positive attitude which will give them the will to continue to live.

My wish is to see all women free of this dreaded disease at some time, if not in my lifetime, hopefully in the lifetime of the next generation.
 The brunch takes place at the St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Sunday, March 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 and proceeds support both RVC’s Oncology Program as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society. Find out more at www.MsLetna.com. Tickets are available to be purchased online at www.ticketgateway.com, or they can be arranged by visiting the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation’s RVC office at 2867 Ellesmere Rd. or by calling 416-281-7342.