ServiceMaster strengthens region’s health care system with unprecedented gift.

On Monday, October 16, 2023, Dwayne & Tanya Frans, owners of the ServiceMaster franchises in Midland, Orillia, Barrie & Collingwood announced a $250,000 collective gift to their local hospital foundations. Over the next five years, the ServiceMaster franchisees will invest annual gifts of $10,000 to Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital Foundation (OSMHF), Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation (RVHF) and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation (CGMHF), and an annual gift of $20,000 to Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation (GBGHF). Click here to read more.

RBC Race for the Kids raises over $120,000 in support of RVH’s Child and Youth Mental Health Services.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Child and Youth Mental Health Program is set to receive proceeds from RBC Race for the Kids which raised over $120,000. These funds will help expand critical mental health care resources for children and youth in Simcoe Muskoka and create safe and welcoming spaces where patients can receive personalized treatments closer to home. Click here to read more.

PureHealth Pharmacy pledges $1 million to RVH.

PureHealth Pharmacy at RVH, has made a $1-million gift to the Keep Life Wild campaign. This extraordinary donation from the Kamel family will play a crucial role in the health centre’s expansion plans, including supporting the construction of a new healthcare facility in Innisfil and doubling the size of the current site in Barrie. Click here to read more.

Tatham Engineering renew their support of RVH, committing more than $100,000 to the Keep Life Wild campaign.

Tatham Engineering Limited (Tatham Engineering), one of the earliest supporters of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Foundation’s Keep Life Wild campaign, has made another generous gift of $60,000 bringing their total support to more than $100,000. Click here to read more.

Generational giving continues with Wallwin’s latest $100,000 gift to RVH

Continuing a legacy of generational giving, local Barrie businesses, Wallwin Electric Services Ltd. and Wallwin Integrated Systems, have made a generous gift of $100,000 to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Foundation’s Keep Life Wild campaign. Click here to read more.

Young kids struggling with their mental health can take big steps towards recovery thanks to RBC Race for the Kids.

RBC Race for the Kids returns this fall with proceeds set to support Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Child and Youth Mental Health program. This unique event allows participants to customize their participation by determining their distance, activity, and race date. This gives more people the opportunity to support critical youth mental health services for young people from across Simcoe Muskoka. Click here to read more.

Barrie McDonald’s restaurants raise over $53K on McHappy Day supporting  RVH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Ronald McDonald House Toronto

While McHappy Day may have ended on May 10th, the impact of funds raised by local McDonald’s restaurants will leave a lasting impression on patients and families of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Ronald McDonald House Toronto. An incredible total of over $53,000 was raised with RVH to receive fifty percent of the funds raised. Click here to read more.

Carpenters’ Regional Council and Local Unions make historic $1-million donation to RVH

Today, the Carpenters’ Regional Council and its Local Unions, Local 27 and Local 675, made an extraordinary $1-million gift to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Foundation’s Keep Life Wild campaign. The gift will generously contribute to the health centre’s expansion plans, including the construction of a new healthcare facility in Innisfil. Click here to read more

Tim Hortons® Smile Cookie Campaign Returns Monday, May 1

For the first time, the iconic Tim Hortons Smile Cookie charitable campaign will kick off in the spring, launching in Tims restaurants across Canada and the United States starting on May 1 and running through May 7.

Every year, the week-long campaign sees Tims guests purchase millions of hand-decorated Smile Cookies and 100 percent of the proceeds from each cookie are donated to support local charities and community groups that are handpicked by Tim Hortons restaurant owners. Click here to read more

Innisfil farmer makes $1-million donation to RVH

On Tuesday, March 15, 2023, at Horodynsky Farms in Innisfil, Boris Horodynsky made a $1-million commitment to RVH Foundation’s Keep Life Wild campaign, planting the seeds for the future healthcare facility in Innisfil.  

Horodynsky hopes to inspire the Innisfil community and garner the support of his neighbours and friends to join the fight to Keep Life Wild. “Without our health, we have nothing,” remarked Horodynsky. “Farming in Innisfil for over 40 years, I have embraced an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to evolve and strengthen my onion farming operation through innovation, technology, and the use of state-of-the-art equipment. In that same vein, it was RVH’s bold and forward-thinking plan to build a healthcare facility in Innisfil that inspired me to support the Keep Life Wild campaign.” Click here to read more

$1 million gift revolutionizes medical learning at RVH

Innovative Automation, a Barrie company recognized as a global leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, today announced a $1 million gift to the RVH Foundation’s Keep Life Wild campaign to support the advancement of immersive medical education at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH).

The Innovative Automation Simulation Lab at RVH will be a state-of-the-art medical education centre focused on the integration of high-fidelity manikin and virtual reality (VR) simulation technologies. It will give medical teams the opportunity to practice their skills in hyper-realistic environments. Click here to read more.

RVH, Hospice Simcoe split $174K in Smile Cookie proceeds

A record-breaking $15 million has been raised for more than 600 local charities and community groups through the sales of Smile Cookies at Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada.

In Barrie and Stroud, local Tim Hortons restaurants and guests together raised over $174,000 to be split by two charities — Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) and Hospice Simcoe. Click here to read more.

TD Bank Group helps fund RVH’s plan for earlier intervention for youth eating disorders 

With the number of youth affected by eating disorders rising, a $600,000 donation from TD Bank Group (TD) to RVH Foundation will help Royal Victoria Regional Heath Centre (RVH) launch a new lifesaving initiative, centred on early intervention strategies, for young people struggling with this disease.

Through the support of TD, RVH will launch the Advancing Community Eating Disorders (ACED) Care Initiative, powered by TD, with the goal of reducing patient wait times through improving operational efficiencies and enhancing education for medical professionals on early intervention strategies. Click here to read more.

Over $100K raised through the 2022 RBC Race for the Kids to support youth mental health at RVH

Money from the 2022 RBC Race for the Kids will help Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) create a dedicated youth mental health care space in the emergency department.

This year, organizers say more than 600 people from Simcoe and Muskoka participated by walking, running, biking, and blading five kilometres at their own pace and space.

In total, those who participated raised $114,161 for youth mental health at RVH. Click here to read more.

Hockey stars shine, raise $155,000 at the annual Boots and Hearts Barn Burner game in Barrie

Game on once again.

The Boots and Hearts Barn Burner charity hockey game returned following a multi-year, COVID-19-related hiatus to the Sadlon Arena Aug. 3.

Well-known participants Wednesday evening included Toronto Maple Leaf’s captain John Tavares, current players Tyler Seguin, Andrew Mangiapane, Quinton Byfield, Devin Shore and Chris Tierney, and former NHLers Mike Gartner and Gary Roberts. Click here to read more.

Local Philanthropist Honours Nurses With $25,000 Matching Campaign

Local philanthropist and proud RVH supporter, Jane Brown Jackson will honour the life-changing work of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) nurses, by launching her third annual matching gift fundraiser. Having received exceptional care herself from nurses and other care providers, she is inspired to give back and show her support to those who were there for her in the moments that mattered most.

Click here to read more.

RVH to enhance cancer diagnosis with new, advanced PET-CT technology

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) will soon install new, state-of-the-art medical imaging technology to enable earlier detection of some cancers.

Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte, along with Barrie—Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin, announced today the Ontario government is investing more than $1 million, enabling RVH to construct space in the health centre’s Medical Imaging department to house a positron emission tomography – computer tomography (PET-CT) scanner. Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) will fund the $2.7 million cost of the PET-CT, which is expected to be operational by the summer of 2023.

Click here to read more.

RVH becomes the first Canadian regional health centre to adopt MOLLI

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), the home of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre and its innovative oncoplastic surgery department, has adopted the MOLLI® device – a precise, easy-to-use new technology for breast cancer surgery. Click here to read more.

Alectra Inc. and RVH Research Institute partner to improve health outcomes for vulnerable people

Alectra Inc., together with the RVH Foundation, have established the ‘Alectra Fund for Health and Social Innovation’ to improve the health outcomes for people who are facing barriers across our community.

Through the ‘Alectra Fund for Health & Social Innovation’, Alectra is providing $500,000 – over five years – to sponsor several studies through the RVH Research Institute that focus on the interaction between health and social issues. Click here to read more.

RVH names new President and CEO

Following an extensive four-month national search, RVH announced yesterday the appointment of Gail Hunt as new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 4, 2022. Gail will work closely with RVH’s current President & CEO, Janice Skot, in the coming months to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership transition. Janice will be retiring at the end of June. RVH names new President and CEO

RVH submits plans for first stage of expansion to Ontario government

“This is an expansion plan driven by explosive population growth and a commitment to avoid hallway medicine,” RVH president and chief executive officer Janice Skot said. “To ensure RVH can continue to meet residents’ health care needs in the future, we must secure timely approvals for the plan so we can get shovels in the ground and bring health care — and jobs — closer to home as to proceed quickly.” ‘Get shovels in the ground’: RVH submits plans for first stage of expansion to Ontario government; The Star

Pond hockey with a purpose

The inaugural Braestone Winter Classic is raising money for RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Pond hockey tournament aims to raise $40,000 for cancer centre – Orillia News (

RVH Foundation’s Spirit of Giving raises an incredible $505,000

The Spirit of Giving holiday fundraiser in partnership with Bounce 104.1, Pure Country 106, CTV Barrie and PureHealth Pharmacy raised $505,000 in support of patient care at RVH. Generous donors, Paul and Lawrene Larche, also matched donations up to $150,000. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and gave so wholeheartedly. Spirit of Giving raises more than half a million dollars for RVH (

Grateful patient praises RVH health care ‘heroes’

Springwater Township resident says his experience at RVH was “over-the-top” positive in the midst of a global pandemic. Senior praises health-care ‘heroes’ after recent stay at Barrie hospital – Barrie News (

Celebrating Resident Doctors Awareness Week

It’s Resident Doctors Awareness Week (February 8 – 12), a national celebration of the vital work undertaken by resident physicians. At RVH, we’re particulary proud of the residents who come through our residency program for family doctors. Since the program began in 2009, 92 family medicine residents have completed their training at RVH, with 55 staying in the area to set up their own practices, providing temporary coverage for area physicians or work in various departments at RVH. You can meet some of our current resident doctors and learn about our residency program here: Barrie hospital marks Resident Doctors Awareness Week (