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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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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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THE GREEN FAMILY GATHER AT THE NAMING AND DEDICATION UNVEILING CEREMONY OF BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL’S NEW PATIENT TOWER

On September 29, 2016, the Brockville community lost a cherished friend, Donald (Baillie) Green. Don Green’s smile was contagious and legendary, as was his generosity. His philanthropy lives on as the Don & Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation recently announced a $2 million gift in support of the Brockville General Hospital’s Phase II Redevelopment Project.

When asked why their family foundation made this recent donation Debbie O’Brien, the Green’s eldest daughter and President of their Foundation responded, “This community has always been home to my Mom and Dad. To be able to make this donation is providing a legacy for our Dad that demonstrates the commitment to our community, and to the Brockville General Hospital. It is wonderful that my Mom gets to see this happen as this is a proud moment for our family as we honour our Dad in this way.”

The BDHF is humbled by this $2 million dollar legacy gift in support of Brockville General Hospital made by the Don & Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation. The philanthropy and generosity shown by Don & Shirley Green and their foundation, is well-known and has touched the lives of many, both locally and globally.

Joan Simon noted, “Don Green’s generosity, and ongoing support will be acknowledged by naming the tower the Donald B. Green Tower and it will be fitting recognition for he and his family.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured at the Sept 29th Dedication are Don’s son, Donald Green, daughter Debbie O’Brien, wife Shirley Green and daughter Ellen Wallace.

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THE DON & SHIRLEY GREEN FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION DONATES $2 MILLION TO THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, IN SUPPORT OF BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL

On September 29, 2016, the Brockville community lost a cherished friend, Donald (Baillie) Green. Don Green’s smile was contagious and legendary, as was his generosity. His philanthropy lives on as the Don & Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation recently announced a $2 million gift in support of the Brockville General Hospital’s Phase II Redevelopment Project.

Don Green, and his wife, Shirley have been longstanding supporters of Brockville General Hospital over the years. Their family foundation has supported BGH having generously donated to the Palliative Care Program, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and for various medical equipment.

The Don & Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation was also one of the first donors to step-up with a donation of $1 million to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s Campaign for Care that saw a $32 million expansion to Brockville General Hospital that opened in October 2003. With this donation, a new state-of-the art Intensive Care Unit was realized within the expansion.

When asked why their family foundation made this recent donation Debbie O’Brien, the Green’s eldest daughter and President of their Foundation responded, “This community has always been home to my Mom and Dad. To be able to make this donation is providing a legacy for our Dad that demonstrates the commitment to our community, and to the Brockville General Hospital. It is wonderful that my Mom gets to see this happen as this is a proud moment for our family as we honour our Dad in this way.”

The BDHF is humbled by this $2 million dollar legacy gift in support of Brockville General Hospital made by the Don & Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation. The philanthropy and generosity shown by Don & Shirley Green and their foundation, is well-known and has touched the lives of many, both locally and globally.

Joan Simon, Executive Director for the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation also noted, “Don Green’s generosity, and ongoing support will be acknowledged by naming the tower the Donald B. Green Tower and it will be fitting recognition for he and his family.”

A private dedication ceremony will be taking place on Tues., September 29th.

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BROCKVILLE RESIDENTS, CATHERINE & JOHN MACDONALD TREAT LOCAL RETIREMENT RESIDENCES AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES TO TIM HORTONS SMILE COOKIES

Friday, Sept. 18: Community philanthropists, John and Catherine Macdonald kindly approached the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation and offered to share Smile Cookies during Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Week with the residents in all of the local retirement residences and Long Term Care facilities. Arrangements were made with the Tim Hortons Brockville owners who made it all happen. A total of 750 Smile Cookies were shared with seven local facilities.

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Pictured are several residents from Mapleview Lodge in Athens, ON enjoying their Smile Cookies.

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BROCKVILLE RESIDENTS, CATHERINE & JOHN MACDONALD TREAT BGH STAFF TO TIM HORTON’S NOVA SCOTIA

In a show of support for the communities in Nova Scotia affected by the recent mass shooting tragedy, Brockville residents, Catherine and John Macdonald; kindly donated Tim Hortons’ Nova Scotia Strong doughnuts to the staff at Brockville General Hospital as a thank you to front line staff.

Tim Hortons once again stepped up in support of the communities it serves by launching a "Nova Scotia Strong" doughnut campaign at 1,500 Tim Hortons' franchises across Canada. All proceeds from the sale of the doughnuts, will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund.

Tim Hortons (Brockville Locations) community spirit also continues to shine through having donated coffee for BGH staff to enjoy along with the donated doughnuts.

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Pictured accepting some of the doughnuts from donor, Catherine Macdonald (centre) are: (right) Joanne Boyd, and (left) Jennifer Mailloux, Medical Laboratory Assistants with BGH.

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