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Hometown Hospital, First Rate Care - 2024 Spring Appeal

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Erik Ellis thought a pulled muscle was responsible for his painful limp. He never expected that he had osteoarthritis and needed a total hip replacement.

“My diagnosis had me worrying if I would ever get back to my normal pace and all of the activities that keep me young. Fortunately, we live in a community with advanced hospital services. In fact, Ross Memorial was the first hospital in Ontario to use the new hip replacement implant technology that got me back up and moving!”

Both Erik and his wife Denise appreciate how smoothly everything went, from the pre-op appointment to the check-ups during Erik’s recovery. And they're grateful that Erik could get the new, less invasive procedure at Ross Memorial, his hometown hospital.

That’s why Erik and Denise are sharing their experience in the Ross Memorial Hospital’s spring appeal letter that will be mailed throughout Kawartha Lakes.

“The Ross has always been there when we needed it,” said Erik. “With our local population set to double in the next decade, we must ensure the Ross is equipped with the tools and facilities it needs to provide the best care and services.”

“So many people are involved in a patient’s care. That includes our family of donors,” said Erin Coons, RMH Foundation CEO. “As the hospital needs to grow services and spaces, and implement advancements in medical science, we count on our generous community to help fund equipment, technology and capital projects that are not covered through government funding. It takes all of us to keep our hometown hospital providing first rate care.”

The highest priority investments at Ross Memorial include the future expansion and modernization of the hospital’s Emergency Department and ICU, the community’s new MRI and CT Scanner, bedside equipment including the new fleet of IV pumps, and the clinical information system that connects patients’ digital health information records to medical technology and bedside tools so every test and treatment is noted in real time and available to the entire care team.

“We’re grateful to Erik and Denise for sharing their story and helping to raise funds to ensure the best medical equipment and facilities are available in Kawartha Lakes, now and for years to come,” said Ryan O’Neill, RMH Foundation board chair. “We hope everyone will watch for their letter, and consider making a donation. Every gift makes a difference.”

View or download the 2024 Spring Appeal letter

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