Hockey fan helps Owen Sound Hospital “Attack” its ER coverage

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Georgina (Duncan) McKelvie, who grew up in the Dundalk area, has donated $80,000 to help Owen Sound hospital address a chronic problem filling ER shifts.

Georgina’s husband, Ray McKelvie, an Owen Sound businessman who is also from Dundalk, has been integral to the OHL club’s operations since he helped bring the Guelph Platers to the city in 1989.

The problem in getting ER shifts covered came to the McKelvies' attention – naturally enough – through former GBHS chief of staff Dr. Bob Stevers, who is a part-owner of the Owen Sound OHL team, now called the Attack.

Ray has had various titles over the years but always has stayed involved in the club. He is the team’s Director of Business Operations.

And the McKelvies are team players. In 2013, when he received the Bill Long Award from the OHL for distinguished service, Ray explained what an important part Georgina played.

“Hockey, in particular the Ontario Hockey League has been a huge part of my family’s life. I want to thank my wife, Georgina for always being right there with me,” he said.

Mrs. McKelvie is a breast cancer survivor, who was diagnosed a few years ago with leukemia.

Recently, the Owen Sound Attack decided to donate in honour of the McKelvies over a few years to pay for high-tech training equipment to help address the shortage.

Part of the staffing problem is that the most complicated and severe medical emergencies produce more anxiety for physicians as they get farther out from their training.

The hospital wanted to buy a portable, computerized medical simulation mannequin to enhance staff’s skills and readiness to take shifts in the ER.

When Georgina and Ray found out about the Attack staff’s plan, things took a different turn, however.

“And so sitting on the edge of her palliative care bed at the Owen Sound Hospital, she wrote a cheque for $80,000 to purchase this technology,” is the way the Owen Sound hospital foundation put it in its news release on Oct. 27.

Georgina said that she has had great care over the years at the hospital, and that she is just one among many people in the area that have supported worthy local causes over the years.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald