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April 23, 2012

Spring is a time to say “thank you” and share successes at RVH

Hats of all shapes and sizes filled the large community room of Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church on Tuesday, April 17 for a very special annual luncheon hosted by Renfrew Victoria Hospital.

The people wearing the ascots, fedoras and stylish spring bonnets were all RVH volunteers invited to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the women of the church and served by the staff of the hospital. More than 100 people attended the event.

Barb Desilets, RVH Foundation Director and Volunteer Luncheon organizer, made mention of her choice of attire in her opening remarks; she wore a green St. Patrick’s Day-style hat and jacket because “we are so lucky to have all of your help at RVH.”

“We would not be the success we are today without the assistance of our volunteers,” RVH CEO and President, Randy Penney told the crowd.

This year’s theme was “Hats off to our volunteers” and it coincided with National Volunteer Week (April 16–20). The hospital’s 350 volunteers contribute to all aspects—physician recruitment, gift shop, Meals on Wheels, palliative care, ministerial, oncology, recreation department, golf committee, the Board of Directors, the Foundation Board and more.

“Virtually every part of our hospital benefits from your time and energy,” Penney said. “On behalf of management and the administration team, we want to thank each and every one of you.”

Penney briefly updated everyone on the latest projects and information from the hospital including financial constraints.

“The next few years promise to be a real challenge. We anticipate we will receive a zero per cent adjustment from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and yet our expenses are rising at five to six per cent on an annual basis.

“At the end of the day, we are very well positioned to tackle the challenges ahead.” The fiscal year-end was on March 31 “and I am again pleased to tell you that we finished the year in a balanced budget situation and, in fact, have surpluses we can now invest in upgrades to our equipment and facility.”

This represents the 22nd consecutive year of balanced books for RVH.

Plans are in full motion for the two-storey addition to the back of the hospital to house the new state-of-the-art nephrology centre. It will include 20 hemodialysis stations, peritoneal and renal insufficiency clinics. “This is a very complex project and represents the largest investment the Ministry of Health has ever made in RVH since it was built.” He expects they will be seeking tenders on the construction phase this fall.

Penney was happy to report the addition of four new physicians this year: Dr. Shanti Nemani, an Internist; general practitioners Dr. Jessica Bodig and Dr. Philippe Pinard; and Dr. Susan Krajewski, a surgeon who recently moved to Renfrew and will start next month. With the help of Renfrew & Area Health Services Village, the hospital is in the process of recruiting another anesthetist.

He also noted the volume of patients utilizing enhanced services at the community hospital—17,000 x-rays; 3,000 CT scans and more than 16,000 dialysis treatments. “People would otherwise have to leave our community to access all of those services.”

Donation presentations were also part of the luncheon events. Dave Stewart, on behalf of the LOL Bowl for Health and Fun handed over a cheque for $8,132 that will be directed toward purchases in the dialysis unit for equipment.

The women of the RVH Ladies’ Auxiliary also made a significant donation to the CT Fund, presenting $40,000 to Penney as part of their five-year commitment of raising $150,000 for the project. In just three years, they have already raised $130,000 from their profits from the gift shop, the Help Lottery and many community fundraisers.

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RVH President and CEO
613-432-4851, ext. 260.

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