Ross Memorial Hospital - Foundation

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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

Tales of Hope - 2017 Holiday Appeal

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After a decade of performing mammogram screening at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Quality and Clinical Coordinator Tracy Mann has lots of creative ways to explain the process to her patients. Tracy’s compassion and expertise are instrumental as the Hospital seeks to replace its aging two-dimensional mammography unit with a model that performs 3D imaging, or tomosynthesis. It’s complex science, but Tracy breaks it down:

“3D imaging helps physicians to view the breast in thin sections, like flipping through the pages of a book. It helps to detect small cancers sooner and can pinpoint the exact size and location of a breast lesion.” 

The RMH Foundation is proud to have Tracy on board as it launches the Tales of Hope Holiday Appeal to help fundraise for this life-saving 3D mammography unit.

“We called the Holiday Appeal ‘Tales of Hope’ because so many people have breast cancer stories,” said Brian Kelsey, Foundation Board Chair. “We’re mailing Tracy’s letter to every household in the City of Kawartha Lakes right now to ask everyone to help us put this vital tool in our cancer care toolbox.”

“In her letter, Tracy shares some of her patients’ inspiring stories. And she looks forward to seeing even more breast cancer stories turn into Tales of Hope,” said Erin Coons, RMHF Executive Director. “The Hospital doesn’t receive provincial funding to cover the cost of this equipment. With Tracy’s help, and with the support of the community, I know we’ll meet our goal of $170,000. Providing the best care is a team effort at the Ross.”

Read our 2017 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