Seeing someone you love attached to tubes, drains, IV lines, maybe even a ventilator is anyone’s worst nightmare. The unfamiliar sounds of beeps and buzzes add to an almost unfathomable experience. Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is where lives are saved every day. It’s a place no one wants to be but the place that a patient needs most in that moment. RVH plans to expand by three beds, care for more complex patients, acquire innovative medical equipment and add space for patients who don’t have high acuity needs but still need specialized care. When a patient is out of immediate danger they require ‘step down’ care. With your help, we will build medical step down area to care for up to 15 patients and relieve some pressure from ICU. Our elite medical team is there, right now, fighting to save lives. While the RVH care team is world-class, the space is old and chocked full of equipment and medical personnel. With an expanding regional role RVH needs more room for more patients.

Currently, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is an open concept space that accommodates up to a maximum 12 infants at a time. Each newborn has only about 35 square feet of space dedicated to their care, clinical caregivers, their equipment and their family. This is smaller than most coat closets. With your support, RVH will build private rooms for each tiny patient area and rooms where difficult news can be processed in private – something that is currently not easily accessible. Private rooms allow for additional equipment, adequate space for medical staff to work, and importantly, for the entire family to bond, spend time as a family and allow for the best medicine – a parent’s loving touch.

The number of Ontario breast cancer diagnoses continues to increase due to population growth and aging. Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated, which is why screening is important for early detection. With donor support, RVH plans to purchase new state-of-the-art mammography equipment. Hologic 3D mammography equipment significantly increases cancer detection capabilities and offers improved comfort for patients. This equipment will enable our radiologists and technologists to have a huge advantage in helping RVH patients get the exceptional care they need.