Health Matters Newsletter – Spring 2017

Heroes walk the halls of the Royal Victoria Hospital (RHV) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) every day. Whether it’s a physician, nurse, hospital staff member, or volunteer, someone who provides exceptional care or goes above and beyond the call of duty can be a hero.

I’m proud to introduce the MUHC Foundation’s Hospital Hero program, which connects patients and their families with the staff, physicians, and volunteers who have changed their lives for the better.

 When patients feel someone has made a meaningful difference in their care, they can express their gratitude by making a donation to our Hospital Hero program in honour of the Royal Victoria Hospital employee of their choice. Their support will go directly towards improving care at the hospital and will inspire our staff to continue to provide the compassionate and personalized care that our patients receive.

When donations are made to this program we will contact the Hospital Hero in question and send them a thank you card letting them know a donation was made in their honour. Heroes will also receive a special hero pin that they can wear with pride.

When I walk the halls of the hospital I get to see first-hand how many Heroes there truly are at the MUHC, and how touched they are when patients take the time to personally thank them for their work. Everyone who works at the RVH of the MUHC truly cares about our patients and honouring them with a donation is the perfect way to let them know they are appreciated.

To read a first-hand account of how a Hospital Hero has impacted the life of one of our patients, simply keep scrolling and read Samia Sayegh’s story.

Julie Quenneville
McGill University Health Centre Foundation
Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation




My Hospital Hero – Samia Sayegh’s story

“Simply put, Dr. Meterissian saved my life. I can think of no better way to say thank you, than by making him my Hospital Hero.” – Samia Sayegh, grateful patient

Samia Sayegh has been a supporter of the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) for a long time. She’s made it a priority to give back to the hospital that has been caring for her since 2003, when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through chemotherapy and surgery, and then went into remission. As soon as Samia had recovered she knew she needed to honour the man who had saved her life.

Click here to read the rest of Samia’s story.


Saying Goodbye to Heartache

When we think of patients suffering from cardiovascular illnesses, we traditionally associate it as a “middle-aged man’s disease”, not diseases that affect young women. However, the fact is that heart disease is the most common cause of death for women in Canada and Claire Webster was only 16 years old when she first developed symptoms.

Click here to read the rest of Claire’s story.

Upcoming Events

Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Join Team MUHC Foundation in this year’s Scotiabank Charity Challenge and help us raise funds for the MUHC’S Cardiology Division.

When: 5K: Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. (baby strollers are welcome)

10K: Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.

21K: Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m.

Kids’ run: Saturday, April 23, 12:45 p.m.

Where: Parc Jean Drapeau

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Gala of the 3 Stars

This year the MUHC Foundation will be hosting its first annual Gala of the Three Stars in collaboration with the Chinese community.

When: Friday, April 21, 6 p.m.

Where: The Windsor Ballrooms

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Bal Rouge

Save the date for the second annual Bal Rouge. This year’s ball will celebrate the MUHC’s Urology Department and honour Dr. Mostafa Elhilali

When: Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Click here to read about the success of last year’s Bal Rouge