It can happen to anyone

  “It can happen to anyone and it’s at those times when you truly appreciate your community hospital.” One sunny Saturday in March, Don Wilton went snowmobiling with friends. Initially a cottager and then a full-time Muskoka resident since 2004, he’d been snowmobiling since he was six. Unpredictable conditions around a corner on Lake Rosseau […]

Care is second to none, says patient, Tom Young

“I trust him with my life,” says Tom Young, a well-known local man, about Dr. Gupta. After learning of his cancer diagnosis, he chose South Muskoka Memorial Hospital and Dr. Gupta to perform the surgery. It was a complex, six-hour colorectal surgery to remove a cancerous tumour. “People asked me if I’d be going to […]

“The nurses and doctors saved my life.”

Cathie Grinnell, Bracebridge Cathie Grinnell volunteers at the Information Desk for the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. For a volunteer who has helped so many patients over the years, one day in November 2013 it became Cathie’s turn to need help. “I had a bad fall one day. I was on crutches and went to […]

“It’s fabulous to have this hospital here – for all of us.”

Bob Manning, Resident of Muskoka Lakes Township.       My wife Lois and I retired to our cottage on Leonard Lake in 1999. Part of the decision to relocate here was based on the proximity to a good hospital. In fact, we’re closer to this hospital from our home than we were to the […]

“This hospital has saved my husband’s life three times.”

Karen Bonnell, Bracebridge The first time the hospital saved my husband Michael’s life was May 22,1988 when he was involved in a very serious boating accident on Lake Muskoka. At that time, it was South Muskoka Memorial Hospital’s worst trauma case involving eight people, three of whom were in critical condition – one of which […]

“The staff here made me comfortable with leaving my son with them.”

Barb Kenyeres, Port Carling   “The staff here made me comfortable with leaving my son with them and they communicated really well.”   I had a cottage in Muskoka and last year, in 2011, I moved and retired to Muskoka from Niagara. My 33-year-old son Ryan has brain damage and is severely disabled so I […]

“The care my father received here at the hospital was absolutely phenomenal.”

Amy Back – Windermere “The care my father received here at the hospital was absolutely phenomenal.” My father, Koos Wassenaar, passed away just a week before his 64th birthday, in March 2012. He was here in palliative care for four months due to a  recurrence of prostate cancer.  It was devastating when he received the […]

“The emergency room staff saved my life.”

Penny Burns, Bracebridge   “The emergency room staff saved my life. Throughout the whole incident, I was never scared – the staff were so calm, reassuring, confident and professional.” I came in on a Saturday night in September, 2011 with some discomfort in my chest – the emergency room staff ran tests and saw some markers that […]

“The nurses here give you a lot of hope.”

Heather Playford, Bracebridge   “The nurses here give you a lot of hope.”   I live in Bracebridge and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.   My one daughter, Karri-Ann, is an oncology patient and receives her treatment here in the hospital. It’s a small chemo area, yet they do well at accommodating the three […]

“It’s a very comfortable and calming environment at our hospital.”

Jennifer McCreary, Bracebridge says: It’s a very comfortable and calming environment at our hospital. I appreciate that the nurses and doctors always ask what’s comfortable for me.    My two daughters were both delivered at this hospital, the latest in August 2012 and I’ve been here numerous times for emergency care. Everyone’s so friendly here at the […]

Tilson Family – A Mother’s Story

The Tilson Family Gravenhurst

I’m Johanna Tilson and this testimonial is on behalf of with my husband Kerry and my two daughters, Julia and Rachel. I’m here to tell you about how important it is to have the CT scanner here at South Muskoka Hospital, close to home. I’ll never forget November 24th, 2006. My daughter Julia called me […]

Rachel Tilson – A Big Heart for A Little Girl

When Rachel was eight-years old, she made a speech about what happened when her sister got sick. Five years, later, Rachel’s words still resound – after all, she just wanted to help other kids, just like her sister. When my sister Julia got sick and was in the hospital, I went to my Aunt Silvia’s […]

Mark Sherk – Active cottage family needs cottage hospital

Over the years that we’ve been cottaging in Muskoka, we’ve had to use the services of the Bracebridge Hospital on a number of occasions. My wife, Carrie, sliced her hand while washing dishes, I fell while trimming trees and my daughter, Brianne punctured her foot jumping on the trampoline. We’re an active family and we […]

Brian Finch – Cottage Crisis

Brian Finch, Lake Muskoka Cottager  It started out as yet another fun August weekend at the cottage on Lake Muskoka with my family. My wife Georgina, my three children and I enjoy Muskoka and all it has to offer. This weekend, however, turned out very differently. I started to feel an excruciating pain in my […]

Ron Doty – Our community needs a good Hospital

Ron Doty, Associate Dealer, Canadian Tire, Bracebridge As a businessperson, I recognize that in order to attract businesses to the area, we need a good hospital. I believe all our businesses need to contribute to the community by supporting our local hospital and keeping South Muskoka a healthy, fun place for our residents, seasonal residents […]

Guy Gagnon – Putting something back into our Community

Guy Gagnon, Owner/Operator, Your Independent Grocer, Bracebridge Having a strong hospital is very important for families in South Muskoka. It is also important for the strength of our community overall. We need to make sure our community can attract business, working people and baby boomers. People base their relocations and businesses around a strong infrastructure, […]

Muskoka Transport employees – Muskoka’s staff supports their Hospital

Muskoka Transport employee committee, Bracebridge Something special has been happening over at Muskoka Transport – and it’s been going on since 1999. The funny thing is that these employees don’t think that what they are doing is anything out of the ordinary. Instead, they say that any other group of determined employees in Muskoka can […]

Terry Stevenson – Pulling together and making things happen.

  Terry Stevenson, Owner, Stevenson Plumbing and Electric, Gravenhurst   I support the hospital because we live in this area and our family needs a good hospital. I feel that I have to stand up and say that this is very important. As a businessperson, the people in this area give me a livelihood and […]

Terry Stansbury-Rice – Observations from an Insider

Clinical Resource Nurse for Acute Care at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Site, Bracebridge. Every day I see what a tremendous difference having a CT scanner on site makes for our patients and staff. This is a technology that saves lives. CT technology can often immediately provide a definitive diagnosis. There are situations such as […]

Beverley Hammond – A Daughter’s Story

Fran & Bev Hammond My mother’s story started and finished at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital before the CT scanner was in place. After admission to emergency, the doctor made the quick decision to send my mother away for the diagnostics and emergency treatment – a decision that saved her life. After stabilizing my mother following […]