Bob and Doreen Mitchell’s values are old school, but their support for Regina’s hospitals is based on a deeply felt desire to see our medical teams have access to the best and most modern technology.
When Bob was born in Regina in 1934, neighbours looked out for one another, and communities came together to tackle mutual challenges. Eighty six years later, those values are still in place, and form the basis of his support for Hospitals of Regina Foundation, which began in 1990. Bob and Doreen have been regular donors giving multiple times a year because they feel it’s important.
“I wanted to support a cause that would impact as many lives as possible in Regina and area,” Bob explains. “Various members of my family have received outstanding care in Regina’s hospitals, and giving back through supporting the Foundation was an easy decision to make.”
Bob’s appreciation for the quality of care stems from first-hand experience. Both of his parents were hospitalized with various illnesses prior to their deaths. Bob, Doreen and their three children have also received excellent care at Regina’s hospitals over the years.
In Bob’s case, his experience included quintuple heart bypass surgery in 2002. In subsequent years, he had a stent inserted into a heart artery, and underwent hip replacement surgery. It was a bit of a medical whirlwind at times, but he is grateful for the excellent care delivered by Regina’s medical teams, and supported by Foundation donors.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve achieved in life,” Bob continues. “Eventually we all need help, and when that happens, it’s nice to know we can rely on the best possible health care right here in our own community.”
Bob has lived in Regina most of his life, working as a teacher and school administrator and then with the Saskatchewan Safety Council. He and his wife Doreen have three children, two grandchildren, one great grandchild, and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
“At this point in our lives, we’re thinking about our present health care needs,” Bob says. “But we also want to donate to help future generations as well.”
“Bob’s story underlines the importance our donors and other supporters place on quality health care, right here at home,” says Lisa Green, vice-president, development, Hospitals of Regina Foundation. “With the support of community-minded people like Bob and Doreen, the Foundation will continue to invest in leading-edge technology for our hospitals, which in turn helps people in our community live better lives.”