The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Podcast

Pulse will introduce you to the patients, doctors, researchers, and donors of The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll hear how, through their commitment, they are changing the future of medicine through new discoveries, by expanding treatments and improving the patient experience.

It’s these stories that show how crucial your support is to improving patient care and advancing research at The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll meet:

  • A man cured of cancer through immunotherapy treatment
  • A woman who lost both legs in the Westboro bus has hope for the future
  • The first woman to be chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital
  • The one million dollar donor hoping to find a cure for kidney research

Listen to the latest episode:

Aug 5, 2020

It’s about making every moment count when it comes to how Sindy Hooper lives her life. Sindy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013.

Listen to Sindy’s story, her message to cancer researchers, and her dedication to giving back to The Ottawa Hospital.


Past Episodes:

Jul 22, 2020

June Jones lives a double life. During the day, she is busy enjoying time with her grandchildren, working in her garden, and life at the cottage. During the night, she sleeps hooked up to a dialysis machine.


July 8, 2020

An ultrasound revealing twins was the first of many surprises experienced by Meagan Ann Gordon and her family throughout her pregnancy —including a prolonged hospitalization during the worst public-health crisis the world has seen in 100 years.


June 24, 2020

Dr. Jack Kitts shares his message of thanks to community leaders and donors for their generosity during his time as President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. You can hear the full-length interview with Dr. Kitts.


June 10, 2020

In this episode, we learn about the key role patient clinical trials play in the advancements of research, including research currently underway investigating COVID-19.


May 27, 2020

Go behind the scenes and hear what it’s like on one of the units at The Ottawa Hospital caring for COVID-19 patients.

Guest: Dr. Samantha Halman


May 13, 2020

At a time when people are staying home to flatten the curve, they are looking for ways to do some good in the midst of a global pandemic—to feel like they are lending a helping hand.

In this episode, you can hear the stories behind just three of the people who are tapping into the good feeling of giving back and their message to our community.


Apr 28, 2020

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are contributing to the global fight against COVID-19.

This episode, Dr. Duncan Stewart, Executive Vice President, Research at The Ottawa Hospital describes how “research is moving at the speed of COVID-19” to find answers to this disease. He also discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on other research projects and how donor support is more important than ever.


Apr 16, 2020

Your donation to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be doubled up to $250,000 thanks to a matching gift from the Mierins Family Foundation.

Tune in to hear why Lisa Mierins and her family wanted to make this generous donation and rally the community.


Apr 9, 2020

April is Parkinson’s awareness month. In this episode, you’ll hear how The Ottawa Hospital’s Dr. Michael Schlossmacher has spent much of his career trying to unlock the mystery of Parkinson’s.

Hear about the advancements in understanding Parkinson’s disease, how The Ottawa Hospital is a leader in neuroscience research and care, as well as how community support has lead the way.


Apr. 3, 2020

From retirement back to the frontlines of The Ottawa Hospital. Meet Robin Morash, Joselyn Banks and Jennifer Smylie, like many others, they didn’t think twice about stepping back into work to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can support our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund today. Donations will go towards urgent priorities to help patients and staff directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Mar. 6, 2020

At The Ottawa Hospital, women account for 77% of the workforce.

In this episode, to mark International Women’s Day, we talk about women in leadership roles with The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll meet the hospital’s first female Chief of Staff Dr. Virginia Roth and the Foundation’s Vice-President of Philanthropy Jennifer Van Noort.


Feb 18, 2020

Meet Yvonne Wilson. She will become the first nurse to compete at The Ottawa Hospital’s Dancing with the Docs fundraising gala. This year it will be held on May 30 at the Hilton Lac Leamy. It’s one of the most anticipated nights of the year and funds support patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital.


Feb 4, 2020

When Marilyn Erdely was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer nine years ago, she was in her late twenties, and she never expected it to turn into a fight for her life.


Jan 21, 2020

The Ottawa Hospital is a leader in bringing immunotherapy to patients and developing the next generation of treatment. You’ll hear about the transformational advancements in cancer care with oncologist, Dr. Michael Ong and patient, Dan Collins.


Dec 27, 2019

Marcie Stevens was one of 13 severely injured patients who arrived at The Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre after the Westboro bus crash. One year later, after losing both legs, Marcie continues her recovery at the Rehabilitation Centre and she’s grateful for the compassionate care she’s received.


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