Orillia brothers donate $12,000 to major reno at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

A major renovation of the Mental Health Unit at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital has received $12,000 from David and Rick Rimkey, owners of R&F Construction Inc., DKI. Each of the brothers contributed $6,000.

“We feel really connected to Soldiers’ and we are just happy to give back,” expressed Rick. “Our kids were born here in the Hospital and we’ve lived here all our lives. We haven’t always been in a position to be able to donate – we’ve had a tough few years – but this is something we can do to help our Hospital. Supporting mental health is big, and this was a no brainer for us.”

The renovation will improve the safety and wellbeing of both patients and staff. It includes soundproofing between rooms to increase patient privacy and enhancements to the shared common space.

Jennifer Schuler, Manager of Soldiers’ Mental Health Program is excited to get the ball rolling. “We’re looking forward to giving our patients a space that better reflects their needs and that will enhance our ability to provide the best possible care in every situation.”

R&F Construction Inc. DKI also helped the hospital build several isolation rooms with negative airflow and donated personal protection and rental equipment in the early days of the pandemic.

“We’re so thankful for the creative ways R&F has been able to support us,” said Brittany Wilson, Development Officer, OSMH Foundation.

The renovation to the Mental Health Unit is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

banner image: Brothers Rick (left) and David Rimkey present Brittany Wilson a cheque for $12,000 for improvements to Soldiers’ Mental Health Unit