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Here to Help - 2019 Spring Appeal

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“Having the right equipment gets clinical information into our hands faster. That information helps us to diagnose and treat our patients with exceptional care,” said Dr. Mark Chandra, co-chief of Hospitalist Medicine at Ross Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chandra is one of four Hospitalists who are working with the RMH Foundation to fundraise through the 2019 Spring Appeal.

Here to Help Spring Appeal

The ‘Here to Help’ Spring Appeal letter has been mailed throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes to encourage donor support for equipment needs for which the Hospital does not receive provincial funding.

“The Foundation is hoping to raise $107,650.00 to purchase a new blood gas analyzer for the Hospital’s Lab, a carbon dioxide monitor and oxygen delivery machine for the Intensive Care Unit, portable vital signs monitors for the Medical and Surgical Units, and a transport monitor for use when patients are being transferred by ambulance,” said Erin Coons, RMH Foundation Executive Director. “The donations we receive from the community are vitally important when it comes time to replace aging equipment or buy new technology. It’s through the support of donors that these tools are available at the bedside, day in and day out.

RMH Foundation Board Chair Brian Kelsey is grateful for the Hospitalists’ leadership. “We are so pleased to be collaborating with the Ross Memorial’s two Hospitalist couples on this fundraising appeal, because they are true patient champions, providing care throughout the Hospital and working with frontline staff, specialists and coordinating care with other organizations. When it comes to meeting the needs of patients at the Ross Memorial Hospital, these physicians are here to help.”

Read our 2019 Spring Appeal Letter

The Greatest Gifts - 2018 Holiday Appeal

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Ross Memorial’s new X-ray/Fluoroscopy technology is the first of its kind in Canada

Work currently underway in the Ross Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department includes the installation of X-ray/Fluoroscopy technology that will transform care at RMH.

“If you’ve ever had an X-ray, you know it can be painful and difficult to shift and adjust your body so the Technologist can get the best image. Imagine robotic arms that move the scanners around you to get the most precise image,” said Dr. Paul Wilson, RMH Chief of Radiology.

The RMH Foundation is pleased to work with Dr. Wilson to launch ‘The Greatest Gifts’ Holiday Appeal to support the cost of this state-of-the-art medical equipment.

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“This new technology will do more than improve our patients’ experience. It will enable the potential future development of Interventional Radiology services at Ross Memorial Hospital.”

Interventional Radiology is a medical specialty that involves the use of imaging to guide a physician during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures such as needle biopsies and the insertion of catheters or PICC lines (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) to deliver intravenous (IV) medications. Currently, patients requiring this specialty service must be transferred to a hospital outside of this community.

“This is an exciting time — for patients and for the team at the Ross. How thrilling to be the first Hospital in Canada to offer this unique technology that transforms the team’s diagnostic and treatment abilities,” said Brian Kelsey, RMHF Board Chair. “We’re mailing Dr. Wilson’s Holiday Appeal letter to every household in the City of Kawartha Lakes so everyone can help transform care at Ross Memorial Hospital.”

“Here at the Ross, we count donor support among our greatest gifts,” said Erin Coons, RMHF Executive Director. “The Hospital doesn’t receive provincial funding to cover the cost of this equipment. Without the generosity of so many individuals, organizations and businesses in our community, important projects such as this wouldn’t be possible. We’re so fortunate to have exceptional support for exceptional care in the City of Kawartha Lakes.”

Read our 2018 Holiday Appeal letter.

For more information on these or other fundraising projects at the RMH Foundation, or to make a donation, please call 705-328-6146 or email us at

Defining Care - 2018 Spring Appeal

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A century after landmark acquisition, X-Ray continues to Define Care

One hundred years ago, the Ross Memorial’s founding donor purchased X–Ray equipment so the Hospital could continue to provide the very highest standard of care for the community he once called home. Today, X-Ray technology is still defining care.

“As the Ross Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Radiology, I know that X-Ray technology is the modality of choice to diagnose cardiac failure, pneumonia and traumatic injuries such as broken bones,” said Dr. Paul Wilson. “More than 100 X-Ray examinations occur at the Ross Memorial every single day. X-Ray imaging is so important to our patients’ diagnosis and treatment, it’s available 24/7/365 days a year.”

The Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to work with Dr. Wilson to launch the 2018 Spring Appeal to help raise funds to replace aging X-Ray machines with more advanced technology. Work is also underway to meet the layout of the X-Ray department so equipment can easily be repositioned to meet patients’ needs, and to improve accessibility.

“Dr. Wilson’s letter will be mailed to every household in the City of Kawartha Lakes so that everyone will have an opportunity to define care at Ross Memorial,” said Brian Kelsey, Chair of the RMHF Board of Directors. “The Hospital doesn’t receive government funding to replace medical equipment, so we’re counting on the generosity of our community to help us keep this time-tested equipment available around the clock.”

“When we were researching what year the Ross Memorial acquired its first X-Ray machine, we discovered that it was James Ross who made that important purchase 100 years ago,” said Erin Coons, RMHF Executive Director. “That discovery really emphasizes the impact donors make—and have always made—on patient care.”

Read our 2018 Spring Appeal letter.

For more information on these or other fundraising projects at the RMH Foundation, or to make a donation, please call 705-328-6146 or email us at