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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S 1ST ANNUAL RIDE THE RIVER PRIZE PRESENTATION

Photo Caption: Celebrating with Corinna (l-r) are: Kory Keogen, Owner, Teslica Inc., Marilies Rettig, BDHF Board Chair, Scott MacCrimmon, BDHF Board Member and Erica Vincelli, Representative,  Teslica Inc. The 1st Annual Ride the River event in memory of Dr. Don Smylie raised $100,000 in support of equipment purchases for Brockville General Hospital.

June 14, 2021: Recently, the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) held a draw for a Teslica Freedom City e-bike for all of the event participants who raised over $250. The lucky winner was Corinna Smith-Gatcke.

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The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s 1st Annual “Ride the River” Cycling Event Raises $100,000 for Brockville General Hospital

Pictured riding on the 1000 Islands Parkway wearing their Ride the River t-shirts are event co-chairs, Jane and Bob Clark. The 1st Annual Ride the River event was in memory of Dr. Don Smylie. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing medical equipment for Brockville General Hospital.

In early April 2021, the 1st Annual Ride the River Cycling event, in memory of
Dr. Don Smylie, “shifted gears” due to the new provincial COVID restrictions that were issued on April 8. Without hesitation, the planning committee transformed the event from a one-day in person event on the 1000 Islands Parkway to a week-long “create your own route” event (May 22 to May 30). The cycling event, conceptualized by the Smylie Family, and spearheaded by Bob and Jane Clark, saw over 100 riders participate in the event. Participants were encouraged to have friends and family support their ride. Many great prizes were donated with the top prize being an overnight Toronto/Raptors game package for the top earner (prize courtesy of Bob & Jane Clark), and a draw for an electric bike (prize courtesy of Teslica Bikes) for individuals who raised over $250. Other fun prizes were provided by the River West Co.

Joan Simon, Executive Director of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) extended accolades to the presenting event sponsors, Parkstor, Fox Run by the River, the Clark Family and Smugglers Glen for assisting with funding this inaugural event. “The BDHF appreciates all of the riders, their friends and family members who supported the riders through pledges. The BDHF is also humbled by the last minute donations that the foundation received that helped the event organizers surpass its goal in raising $75,000.”

The Ride the River Planning Committee members, led by Bob and Jane Clark are already excitedly planning for the 2022 event. Mark your calendars for May 29, 2022.

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION MAKES IT EASY TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR ITS 1ST ANNUAL RIDE THE RIVER CYCLING “FUN”raiser

Photo Caption: Jim Cooper, Brockville General Hospital’s Board Chair, and Ride the River Champion is pictured registering online for the Sunday, May 30th 1st Annual Ride the River event in support of Brockville General Hospital.

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) has launched its online registration for the 1st Annual Ride the River Cycling Event that is taking place on the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway on Sunday, May 30th, 2021.

The BDHF is collaborating with the Smylie Family in organizing the 1st Annual Ride the River Event in memory of Dr. Don Smylie, a former Urologist who practiced at Brockville General Hospital (BGH).  

Families, teams, and individual cyclists are invited to participate to raise funds for needed equipment items for Brockville General Hospital (BGH), with this year’s event raising funds for
BGH’s Urology Department, as well as other critically needed equipment items.

As our community continues to navigate COVID-19, virtual participation is also welcomed!

Visit www.ridingtheriver.ca to register for the event, or for more information.

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Revised - The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Announces its NEW FUNraiser “Ride the River” Cycling Event in Memory of Dr. Don Smylie

Revised Media Release:

On February 26, 2021, the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) reported in a media release that its new FUNraiser, the 1st Annual Ride the River Event was in memory of
Dr. John Smylie, a former Urologist who practiced at Brockville General Hospital (BGH), when in fact, the event is in memory of Dr. Don Smylie.

If you could please make that change to any content you may have it would be very much appreciated.

The BDHF apologizes for any insensitivity this may have caused the Smylie family.

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The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Announces its NEW FUNraiser “Ride the River” Cycling Event in Memory of Dr. John Smylie

Photo Caption: Jim Cooper, Brockville General Hospital’s Board Chair (left) and Bob Clark (right), Ride the River Committee Co-Chair are ready to take part in the 1st Annual Ride the River Event that is taking place on Sunday, May 30th, in support of Brockville General Hospital.
(Photo compliments of Andrew Kizell)

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) is extremely excited to be collaborating with the Smylie Family in launching the first Annual Ride the River Event in memory of Dr. John Smylie, a former Urologist who practiced at Brockville General Hospital (BGH).  

Mark Your Calendars for Sunday, May 30th for a scenic FUNraiser bike ride on the 1000 Islands Parkway. 

Families, teams, and individual cyclists are invited to participate to raise funds for needed equipment items for Brockville General Hospital (BGH), with this year’s event raising funds for BGH’s Urology Department, as well as other critically needed equipment items.

As our community continues to navigate COVID-19, virtual participation is also welcomed!

So, why not join the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation, and the Smylie Family for a scenic bike ride on the 1000 Islands Parkway knowing that you are supporting Brockville General Hospital, your community hospital.

Visit www.ridingtheriver.ca for more information in the coming weeks.

 

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WITH THE BROCKVILLE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE’S HELP A TOTAL OF $1,969 WAS RAISED DURING THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S “SHOW YOUR HEART” CAMPAIGN

Photo caption: Marilies Rettig, BDHF Board Chair (left) is joined by Jason Euverman, Store Manager – Brockville Superstore who presented the funds that were raised during the Show Your Heart campaign in support of BGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

During the week of Feb. 5 to Feb. 14 the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) collaborated with the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore for the Foundation’s “Show Your Heart” Campaign. Superstore shoppers were given the opportunity to donate $2 at the cash during the week of the campaign with all proceeds going directly in support of the Brockville General Hospital’s (BGH) Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

“The whole focus of the Show Your Heart Campaign is to bring an awareness that a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program operates out of BGH,” stated Joan Simon, Executive Director. BGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers a customized program that assists patients following a cardiac event. The program receives minimal government funding and relies on donations, fundraisers and community supporters, like the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore. There are no fees charged to the participants of the program.

Simon further noted, “We are extremely fortunate to have this program in Brockville and with the community’s help we can keep this service close to home.”

The BDHF would also like to thank the Superstore staff who made this campaign possible. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Palliative Care Telethon cancelled

The Palliative Care Telethon, a titan among local fundraisers and a key source of revenue for the service at Brockville General Hospital, is the latest casualty of COVID-19.

Wayne Blackwell, co-chairman of the event’s organizing committee with Bruce Wylie, said Wednesday the organizers have decided the 30-Hour Telethon for Palliative Care Services won’t happen in any form this year, out of concern the usually massive volunteer effort might expose too many to the risk of coronavirus infection. Click Here to read full article

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IS TEAMING UP WITH THE BROCKVILLE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR AN INVALUABLE HOSPITAL PROGRAM

PHOTO CAPTION: Brockville resident, Dave Publow is joined by the Brockville  Superstore Store Manager, Jason Euverman with one of the posters for the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s Show Your Heart Fundraiser. The fundraiser is to raise funds for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

February is Heart Month, and there is no other perfect time to raise funds for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that operates at Brockville General Hospital (BGH). This year, the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) is collaborating with the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore to raise funds for this vital program. From February 5 to February 14, a donation of $2 can be made at all of the cash registers in support of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

BGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program was developed in 2009 to assist patients in getting their life back following a cardiac event. Testimonials have abounded over the years and we invited Brockville resident Dave Publow to share his story with us.

On November 20, 2019, after attending the YMCA for an early morning workout, Dave Publow’s life took a drastic turn. While attending daily mass that fateful day, Dave suffered a cardiac arrest. Thanks to his parish priest, fellow parishioners, the Brockville Fire Service, EMS paramedics, and the staff of the Emergency Department of Brockville General Hospital (BGH), Dave was stabilized and then rushed to the Kingston General Hospital (KGH), where he received a stent and spent 6 days in the Cardiac Unit. Dave survived because of the care he received at both BGH and KGH.

On being discharged from KGH, Dave was placed in the care of Dr. Jamie Hynd and the Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. This program, which is funded principally by community donations, is so valuable to survivors like Dave, who can access cardiac rehabilitation care without having to travel to Kingston or Ottawa. This program consists of exercise, nutrition education and monitoring of vital signs, all   provided by a Kinesiologist and Registered Nurse, under the supervision of a cardiologist.

Dave’s sessions in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program were prescribed for 24 visits and he is about to “graduate” from the program in early February. This program seems to always be at capacity due to the prevalence of heart disease. It has been an invaluable resource for him, both in his physical recovery to full health, but also for the mental aspect of recovery as well. Dave is a vocal advocate of this program in our community, and thanks the staff of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for its excellent care. This is an invaluable program that must be preserved in our community.  

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation would like to thank the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore, and its employees, for making this fundraiser possible. We could not have done it without you!

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $164,866 FOR EYE CARE AT BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL THROUGH THEIR ANNUAL APPEAL

December 24, 2020: The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that over $164,866 has been raised for new YAG laser eye surgery equipment for Brockville General Hospital (BGH) through this year’s Annual Appeal fundraiser campaign.

“This new laser system is a vital tool in the prevention of vision loss from various eye disorders,” shared Dr. Sam Stevens, an Ophthalmologist who practices at BGH. “It will be primarily used in the management of glaucoma and conditions related to cataract surgery at our hospital. Both affect a large and increasing segment of our population.”

To maintain the safe, quality care provided at BGH, the new laser equipment will replace an older model, which is facing the end of its recommended lifespan.  

“From the time of the Annual Appeal kick-off, on November 2nd, we have been humbled by the overwhelming generosity of the community”, stated Joan Simon, the BDHF’s Executive Director. “The Foundation is constantly amazed at the giving community in which we live in.”

This year’s Annual Appeal raised over $164,866.

“Thousands of people in our community will benefit from your generous donations to our Hospital – thank you,” said Stevens.

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL APPEAL GETS A $5,000 DONATION KICK START FROM

Thursday November 5, 2020: Local Brockville residents Terry and Claudia Seed (right) are pictured above presenting Joan Simon (left), Executive Director to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation with a $5,000 cheque for the 2020 Annual Appeal.

When Terry and Claudia Seed were asked why they chose to donate to the Annual Appeal, their answer was a resounding, “Why not?” They also added that they have lived in Brockville since 1991 having moved from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec and they wanted to give back in support of Brockville General Hospital for the services that they use.

This year, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $140,000 to purchase a new Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) laser for Brockville General Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department. A YAG laser is used to provide treatments for a variety of eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts.

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The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Launches its Annual Appeal in support of Brockville General Hospital

Monday, November 2nd, 2020: The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) have announced that this year’s Annual Appeal will be raising $140,000 to purchase a new Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) laser for BGH’s Ophthalmology Department. A YAG laser is used to provide treatments for a variety of eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts.

Annual Appeal Letters were mailed out to supporters of the hospital on Friday, October 30th in time for the Foundation’s Annual Appeal Kick-off on November 2nd. Donations can also be made by calling the Foundation’s direct line at (613) 345-4478, or by visiting the Foundation’s website at www.bdhfoundation.com.

The BDHF’s Executive Director, Joan Simon, noted, “The Foundation is very fortunate that this community has always been generous in its support to Brockville General Hospital, and I am certain that the community will be on board with donating to purchase new eye surgery equipment. Eyesight health is a great concern for many, and keeping this service close to home is an important factor as well.”

The Annual Appeal campaign runs until December 24th, 2020.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (l-r): Joan Simon, Executive Director of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation, and Marilies Retting, Board Chair of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation check over the Annual Appeal Letters before they are mailed out.

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION OFFICE MOVES INTO THE BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL’S NEW DONALD B. GREEN TOWER



On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation team moved into its new office space, located in Brockville General Hospital’s new Donald B. Green Tower.

For over 6-years, the Foundation Office was located in Brockville General Hospital’s main lobby across from the Volunteer Association’s Gift Shop. The Foundation’s new office offers a more modern design with an open work plan with private offices and floor to ceiling windows.

Joan Simon Executive Director noted, “The location of the Foundation’s new office provides easier access for donors as we are now just off of the Information Desk just inside the new main lobby. Once COVID settles down, we look forward to seeing our donors, supporters and friends.”

PHOTO CAPTION: The Foundation Team is on the move to their new office space in Brockville General Hospital’s new Donald B. Green Tower.

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