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Stories of Care

At Guelph General Hospital, caregivers are committed to providing the highest quality care and experience to patients and their families – and their pet stuffies too!

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On the afternoon of June 20th this year, Guelph paramedics responded to a call for help at a local residence. Nichola Martin, had fallen off her backyard deck stairs and was in a lot of pain. EMTs transported her by ambulance to the GGH Emergency Department, where X-rays showed both arms were fractured just above the wrists. The injury is the most common arm break seen in the hospital and is often called a FOOSH, short for Falling Onto Outstretched Hands.

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We often receive letters from former patients letting us know how much they appreciated the care received while at Guelph General Hospital. These letters usually focus on the incredible team of staff at the Hospital, and the compassion and kindness with which they work. What we know is that behind this team stand our donors, people like you, funding the vital equipment that enables the highest quality care and experience to be provided.

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When Malachi Brnjas was born with an infection and jaundice, he was admitted to Guelph General’s Special Care Nursery (SCN) for five days of intravenous antibiotics. The SCN is part of the Hospital’s birthing unit where newborn babies may have to spend a little extra time, especially if born prematurely or with complications. Malachi’s mom, Angela, stayed nearby in the Family Care Unit, a four-bed space for moms whose infants are receiving care in the SCN.

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Five years ago, following the biopsy of a small growth on his face, Bill Fitzpatrick was diagnosed with melanoma. Since then, he and his wife Jean have racked up ‘frequent flyer points’ between Guelph and two hospitals in Hamilton dealing with the disease and its complications including seven surgeries. Bill also stayed more than two weeks at Guelph General in 2017 when a related brain inflammation threatened his life.

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Angie Hunt has been a very active parishioner at her church since 2004 — a strong supporter and member of its Stewardship and Fundraising Committees. Pre-pandemic, when a lot of construction work was being completed at the church, Angie was on-site visiting the office in a construction trailer.  She was looking forward to a pilgrimage […]

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Oscar and Axel are fraternal twins, growing fast and keeping their parents very busy.  And even though they are busy, parents Ariana and Mike Christie are breathing easier now that the boys are home. The twins were premature at 34 weeks and stayed in the Hospital’s Special Care Nursery (SCN) for the whole first month […]

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Carolyn Heffernan is a nurse, through and through. She graduated from St. Mary’s in Kitchener in 1969 and, from that day on, pursued her career at St. Joseph’s Hospital and then Guelph General Hospital, through many different and exciting roles. She retired in 2011 but kept her hand in with casual nursing shifts until 2017. […]

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Susan Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week of April. The diagnosis was more concerning than usual because Susan lives alone and has emphysema, a condition that compromises her lungs. After several days trying to manage the symptoms at home, Susan realized that she needed help and called an ambulance to take her […]

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