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Our Stories

Through ‘Our Stories’, we capture through words and photos the experiences of our staff, patients, residents and clients. Some stories might reflect on a particular Providence ‘moment’, some might be capture a memory from years gone by and some might be an inspiration for the future. These are some of the stories by the people in our community.

Rosamund’s Story
RosamundShe uses her hands to clear off the remaining crumbs left at the lunch table; her area is wiped spotless and any table she is at will receive this same courtesy.If you come too close, you will get your hair tucked behind your ears and sometimes even a gentle hand massage. No, this is not an Adult Day Program staff member, rather the kind spirit of club member and retired nurse, Rosamund Elie.

Rosemary-Ride-2Pharmacist’s Bicycle Ride to Vimy Ridge
Last summer, a group of Canadian and Australian veterans and civilians cycled from Juno Beach to Vimy Ridge. Our own Providence-Pharmacist Rosemary Polczer took part in the ride in support of Wounded Warriors Canada.

Managing Hearing Loss
For many people, the process of hearing is automatic. Our ears are on all the time as we navigate through a world that’s pulsating with sound. Each day we engage with a wide range of people and are beset with any number of complex and challenging communication scenarios. The Canadian Hearing Society at Providence Healthcare provides in-house expertise and valuable  audiology services with its Doctor of Audiology,  Deborah O’Sullivan, Au.D.

Hannah’s Story
“I feel privileged to be able to give and serve and spread true  kindness to others.  No matter how much I gave, I always received more.”

MSA Executive
Making History
Our Medical Staff Association made history this year electing its first all-female executive.

Hands-on Health Care
Dr. Rob Baruch, Providence’s resident chiropractor, has been providing relief for patients suffering from back and neck pain, headaches, migraines and other discomfort for 14 years.

Aphasia-Friendly Stroke Program
Organizations from across Ontario are piloting the modified program spearheaded by one of our own Speech Language Pathologists.

Spiritual Religious TeamAt the Corner of Mission and Values
Meet the team that responds to both the spiritual and religious needs of our patients, residents and families.

Why I support Providence
“I believe that to keep ‘My Providence’ strong, it’s important to give back when I can,” explains Linda Nasturzio, one of our Patient Care Managers.

Meet Joe, a Veteran of the Korean War
Joe resides in the Houses of Providence with his wife of 52 years. He served in the Korean War aboard the HMCS Haida from 1950-1955.

Jack’s Corner
Houses of Providence resident Jack loves to chat. At 95-years young, Jack has a better memory for stories than many people half his age.

Spotlight on… Nutrition
At Providence, there are seven Registered Dietitians on the nutrition team. Find out what they do.

Winsome and Haydee40 Years of Service with a Smile
The year is 1973. One billion people tune in for Elvis Presley’s ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ special. Construction begins on the CN Tower and the cost of a dozen eggs is a mere 45 cents. It’s also the year Winsome and Haydee start their first shift at Providence Villa and Hospital.

Survey Says… Patient Satisfaction
New approach taken to completing surveys sees Providence’s volunteers chatting with patients at the bedside.

Rachel Contributing to a National Arthritis Framework
Occupational Therapy Professional Practice Leader Rachel stresses the importance of increasing awareness and implementing strategies for people with this chronic condition.

One of a Kind
Meet Viani – Ontario’s first Registered Practical Nurse educator.

One Tough Mudder
A Social Worker in Palliative Care at Providence, Tracy took on a gruelling 16 kilometre obstacle course designed by British Special Forces.

Providence’s Nursing Practice Consultants
These ‘jacks of all trades’ influence change, evaluate the processes and strengthen the voice of nursing.

Seeing Life in a Different Way
Houses of Providence resident Stella celebrates a monumental birthday and lets us in on her secret for staying young.

ZenGardenZen Garden
The Houses of Providence wanted a garden that would bring health to our residents, harmonize their lives and help return balance in nature. So they built themselves a zen garden.

Preserving a Patient’s Journey
Pathmanathan (Rajah) has been drawing all his life. The retired teacher uses his skills to capture his entire journey from acute care to Providence through to his outpatient experience in a hand-drawn ‘scrapbook’.

A Patient’s Love Story
“It seemed like only yesterday,” Bill says, remembering back to when he first met his wife, Joanne. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Bill’s on the road to recovery and heading home.

Looking Back

In 2012, Providence celebrated 50 years in Toronto’s east end. In Looking Back…, we profiled stories about the people of Providence and their contribution to our history, starting with Basil Majowski. Read Basil’s Story>>

Sister Victorine Kennedy entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1932 and ministered at the House of Providence, Providence Villa and Hospital, and Providence Centre for 52 years. Read Sister Victorine’s Story>>