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Cancer care carries on, despite COVID-19

As the world deals with a global pandemic, MSH’s cancer clinic hasn’t missed a beat

In 2015, after visiting her doctor about a pain in her side, Eileen Russell was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. At the time, the diagnosis was grim: her cancer could not be cured. But it was treatable — so long as she continues to have chemotherapy every three weeks for the rest of her life.

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York Region Police Association's Generous Donation

The inpatient mental health department at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) extends its deepest gratitude to the York Region Police Association (YRPA) for a generous donation that has resulted in the creation of a staff relaxation zone.

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Early Discharge Program Reduces risk for moms and babies

MSH’s innovative midwifery-run birthing unit collaborates with obstetrical staff to provide quality patient-centred care during COVID-19

A groundbreaking program introduced by Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) last spring — as the pandemic forced everyone and everything to pivot to new protocols — has redefined the birthing experience for women at the hospital. And, everyone hopes, for other hospitals too early-discharge-program.

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Because of You

In the latest MSH Foundation donor newsletter, hear from Dr. Jeya Nadarajah, Infection Prevention and Control Physician lead as she highlights how community support is helping combat COVID-19.

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Cancer Care Close to Home: Helen's Story

It was a cold January. After the holidays, people were back at work, looking forward to the year ahead. But that wasn’t the case for Helen Lennon and her four grown children. They were preparing to say goodbye to a dear husband, a loving father.That January was also when she discovered the lump in her breast.

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Virtual run supports women’s mental wellness

In January 2018 just days after celebrating her son’s first birthday, Rhea Sengupta was diagnosed at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) with an aggressive form of breast cancer that would require over a year-and-half of rigorous treatment.After having surgery to remove a fist-sized tumor from her breast, she began chemotherapy at MSH’s The Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic. As a 39-year-old mother of two young children, she was determined to fight for her life. However, she was not prepared for the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that would soon wash over her.

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Together in a crisis: How MSH frontline staff and donors are working together to fight COVID-19

In the hallways of Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), now empty of visitors, it takes masked frontline staff a moment to recognize each other. They exchange a quick smile or a few light-hearted words before hurrying on their way. In the difficult days of COVID-19, while most of us are sheltering at home, our amazing health care professionals have a job to do – caring for patients suffering with COVID-19 and providing all patients with expert, compassionate care.

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Faces of our 30th

Passionate people have helped create a community called Markham Stouffville Hospital. Now, as we mark our 30th anniversary, get to know some of the great people behind the faces as they tell their own stories.

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Care Close to Home

After spending eight months in hospital, Brenda Okapiec was ready to go home. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and after her first chemotherapy treatment, acquired a blood infection that landed her in the ICU.

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Generations of Generosity

Family of donors makes sure the community can count on MSH today— and for generations to come.

When Salmaan Alvi brought his three young children to MSH last year, it fortunately wasn’t for a medical emergency. The children were there to hand out teddy bears to patients as part of MSH’s Bear Necessities program, to spread a bit of comfort while raising funds for the hospital.

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The Village Grocer Giving Thanks 2019

On Saturday, October 19, the power of community was on full display at the inaugural “The Village Grocer Giving Thanks” event in support of Markham Stouffville Hospital. Thousands came to shop while numerous MSH doctors, clinicians, hospital leaders, supporters and Markham Firefighters helped behind the counters and throughout the store. The Village Grocer donated 100% of the day’s sales to our hospital. This of course would not be possible without the continued commitment by The MacDonald Family. Together we raised over $101,000 to benefit our community’s health!

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It takes a ‘Village’ to support Markham Stouffville Hospital

There is a saying that, “it takes a village to raise a child.” On Saturday, October 19 The Village Grocer will do just that – as they will donate all its day’s sales to Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) to benefit families close to home. The inaugural “The Village Grocer Giving Thanks” event is the MacDonald family’s way to say thank you to the MSH team and give back.

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