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A Message From Our CEO

March is the official start of spring and if the last few weeks of weather are to be believed, more sunnier days are just around the corner!

It feels fitting that we spend some time shining a light on the achievements – the growth – made possible because of donors like you.

Thanks to you, RVH is continually adding leading-edge technology, like our new PET-CT which can help detect the rate of cancer spread and reoccurrence faster than any other diagnostic test available.

RVH is also creating innovative processes like the Pink Zone that is significantly reducing ER wait times. That means people are seeing doctors faster, ensuring they get the care they need and back home as soon as possible. You can read more about both the PET-CT and the Pink Zone ‘In the spotlight’ below.

With your support, there’s no doubt that the world-class, specialized care required in times of need will be available to everyone in Simcoe Muskoka.

As you read this, there are hundreds of people inside RVH receiving the care they need to get healthy, and back outside to enjoy the spring weather. And it’s all because of people like you.

Stay healthy. Stay wild.

Pamela Ross, CFRE, CMP

CEO, RVH Foundation

If you are inspired to join the fight to keep life wild, please consider donating using the form below

Leading-Edge Tech: PET-CT Scanner

On February 16, RVH held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new PET-CT scanner, which is now fully operational thanks in part to funding from donors like you. The PET-CT will have a tremendous impact on people in our region, especially since it’s the only one available between Sudbury and Newmarket, and one of only eight in the province.

This year, over 1,000 people will receive advanced, specialized imaging which will help diagnose cancer spread or recurrence before any other available test. With a PET-CT scan, patients will be able to start their treatments earlier, which can lead to better medical outcomes and less medical-related travel.

Innovative Process: Pink Zone

RVH is making it easier for patients with minor cold and flu symptoms to receive care through the PINK zone – an online screening tool that redirects appropriate patients to either same day or next day arrival times to the Emergency Department (ED)for care. Initiated by the Emergency Department leadership, Sharon Ramagnano and Dr Chris Zanette, this concept has allowed over 2,100 patients to see a doctor and be discharged within 1.5 hours.

This process improvement is decreasing overall wait times for patients, preventing ED overcrowding, and filling a significant need for those in our region without access to a family doctor. It’s another way RVH continues to listen and revise care programs to better suit the needs of our growing population.

Seize The Season

Take the Plunge

March 9, 2024

Dive right into the frigid waters of Lake Simcoe or sponsor someone who is! The second annual Take the Plunge event in support of RVH’s Keep Life Wild campaign is March 9 at Friday Harbour Resort. More than 80 people are expected to polar dip, raising funds to help grow RVH and bring more specialized care to our region.

Wild Winter Weeknight

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March 11, 2024

If a weeknight activity is more your speed, save the date for Snow Valley’s Wild Winter Weeknight on Monday, March 4 from 4-9 pm. Ski, snowboard, tube, whatever your method down the slope is, the money raised from all lift tickets and tubing passes sold for the event will support RVH’s Keep Life Wild campaign.