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Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

A Testament to Compassion: John’s Journey at Stevenson Memorial Hospital

By: Kara Harris, Communications Coordinator, Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

At Stevenson Memorial Hospital, every patient’s journey showcases our healthcare professionals’ exceptional care and dedication. Today, we share the story of John, a patient whose experience highlights our hospital’s profound impact on the lives of those we serve.

On March 19, 2023, John awoke feeling what he initially thought was indigestion. A few hours later, he feared he might be experiencing symptoms of what might be an oncoming heart attack and decided to go to the hospital.

Recalling his first moments at the hospital, John shared, “As soon as I was triaged, I was rushed back into the Emergency Department, ahead of other patients in the waiting room.  I received many tests and medication, all within the first 3o minutes of my being there. I was overwhelmed to hear from the doctor shortly after those tests that there was evidence that I had already suffered from a heart attack. Still, the kindness and professionalism of the staff immediately put me at ease.” From the initial interaction, it was clear that John was in capable and caring hands.

Throughout his stay, John received comprehensive treatment tailored to his needs at Stevenson Memorial Hospital and also through a cardiologist at Southlake. He highlighted the exceptional care the numerous medical staff provided, stating, “They went above and beyond to ensure I understood every step and the process of my treatment. Their compassion and dedication were evident in every interaction.”

Like many patients, John faced challenges during his treatment and recovery. He reflected on what he had learned about cholesterol levels, heart disease, and how it affected others in his family. Still, the unwavering support from the hospital staff made all the difference. “I had a few hard days learning to accept what had happened, but knowing that the team at Stevenson Memorial was with me every step of the way gave me the strength to keep going,” John said.

Thanks to the advanced medical care and emotional support received, John has made a remarkable recovery. He expressed profound gratitude, saying, “Stevenson Memorial Hospital didn’t just treat my illness; they cared for me as a person. I will forever be grateful for the care I received.”

John’s story powerfully reminds us of the positive impact of quality healthcare on individuals and their families in our community. It also highlights the importance of support in maintaining and enhancing the services at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. “Donations to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation are crucial. They help to purchase the vital equipment needed to help others like me when they come through the doors of Stevenson,” John emphasized. They ensure that others receive the same life-saving care I did.”

Individuals and businesses in South Simcoe communities are encouraged to consider supporting the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. Like John, your contributions help us continue providing exceptional care to all our patients. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of many.

To donate or learn more about how you can support Stevenson Memorial Hospital, please visit

For more information, contact:

Kara Harris

Communications Coordinator

Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation 705-434-8289