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Kent Mannen, RVH cardiac patient and survivor of a widow-maker heart attack.

Grateful For Your Support

Playing hockey one week back in 2022 I felt the first symptom of what would end up being a massive heart attack. I felt a stitch in my side, but it had been a tough shift, so I headed for the bench to have some water and catch my breath. I had some water and felt a little better, but over the next few days the pain kept coming back.

I went to the Emergency Department at RVH, and had an electrocardiogram, or EKG, that records the electrical signals of the heart. The results were normal, meaning I wasn’t actively in cardiac arrest, but the doctor suggested a blood test to see what was going on.  

My blood measured a troponin level that was off the charts. I had had a heart attack. They figured it probably happened earlier that morning.

I was admitted, and a special dye was injected into my coronary arteries so they could be seen clearly under an x-ray. The dye showed that my left anterior descending (LAD) artery was 80% blocked.  

It happened in what they call the widow maker artery. Most people who have a blockage here have a massive heart attack and don’t make it. I was lucky. The doctor put in a stent, and I was able to leave the hospital the following day.

I’m back to living my wild life now, coaching my kids hockey teams and playing when I can, and I couldn’t do that if not for the lifesaving care I received at RVH.

A skilled care team may have performed my surgery, but it is the generosity of people like you who made that possible. Donors are the reason we have the specialized equipment, state-of-the-art procedure rooms, and expert care teams to provide advanced cardiac care to people from across our region when they need it most.

Your support will help RVH grow the regional care programs provided here, so more of our neighbours, loved ones, and friends in Simcoe Muskoka have access to world-class, specialized care close to home today, and in the future.

Kent Mannen

Grateful Patient

We’re calling on all of Simcoe Muskoka to protect  our unique way of life.

Why RVH Needs Your Help

We all rightfully expect the best care, as close to home as possible, as soon as we need it.

When you or someone you love has a fever that won’t go down or can’t catch their breath, needs rehab to get back on track or is having a healthy baby after a smooth pregnancy, your local hospital, which you know and love, will take care of you.

But when the problem is life-threatening, like cancer, a heart attack or stroke, a trauma, or a mental health crisis, that’s when you need complex, advanced care right away. And that care needs to be top-notch, the quality of care we can get in any big city.

That’s when RVH is there for you. Providing world-class, life-saving specialized care close to home for people and families across Simcoe Muskoka.

But, like all hospitals, we’re under strain. And as the only regional healthcare centre providing specialized care, there are widespread implications for everyone in the region.

Learn More About RVH’s Regional Programs:

Cancer Care

The Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre (SMRCC) at RVH cares for our neighbours, loved ones and friends living with cancer in Simcoe Muskoka.

Cardiac Care

RVH cares for those who require immediate, life-saving cardiac care in Simcoe Muskoka. Last year, close to 2,800 patients required advanced cardiac care at RVH.

Critical Care

RVH cares for the most critically ill patients in Simcoe Muskoka. Last year, more than 700 patients required intensive care at RVH.

Moms & Babies

Stephanie Cobble stands under a tree holding her son, Christopher. She is smiling.

RVH cares for our tiniest patients, their parents, and women more broadly. Each year, more than 2,000 babies are welcomed into the world at our health centre. About 160 of them require
neonatal intensive care.

Stroke Care

RVH cares for those who require immediate, life-saving stroke care in Simcoe Muskoka. Last year, approximately 300 patients required integrated stroke and rehabilitation care at RVH. Additionally, more than 1,200 patients participate in our outpatient Rehabilitation Day Program (RDP) annually.

Innisfil Site

Innisfil is the largest community in our region without its own hospital, forcing people who live here to travel for much-needed care. It’s also located in one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario. Forecasts estimate the population of Innisfil will grow by 47% in the next 30 years.

We are so thankful to all those who dedicate their time, energy and passion to organizing events in support of RVH. They are a vital part of the fight to end hallway medicine, shorten wait times, and keep world-class, specialized care close to home. Click below to see what is happening now across our community.