I can rely on my community hospital

Patient Story: Ron Draycott

Born and raised in York Region, Ron Draycott’s passion for golf emerged at an early age. The sport – even more than his first love, hockey – has transformed his life, in more ways than one.

Ron, 24, is now a professional golfer and he plays on courses all over Canada, including Ottawa where he lives. His success has come at an unexpected cost, however; golf has led him to Mackenzie Health’s Emergency a few times with some serious injuries. “Playing hockey when I was growing up, I expected to get injured – and I did,” he says. “My grandfather suggested I give golf a try for a change of pace. Little did I know that golf would lead to more serious injuries than I ever experienced with hockey.”

The following year, as the result of another accident at the same golf course, Ron found himself back at Mackenzie Health’s Emergency. A golf cart he was driving flipped over on a hill, dragging Ron for several feet before landing and pinning his left foot. Once again, Ron was taken by ambulance to Mackenzie Health. He was treated by specialists, including an infectious diseases physician, who ruled out a serious infection. Ron could not walk for months and underwent physical rehabilitation, but with follow-up appointments at Mackenzie Health, he made another full recovery.

Ron remains an avid golfer and is a student in the professional golf management program at Humber College. Ron graduates this year and he looks forward to a long career as a professional golfer. He hopes he will not need to return to the hospital any time soon, but he deeply appreciates the care he received. “I’m grateful to Mackenzie Health for getting me literally back on my feet and on the course again,” he says. “It’s a great feeling to know I can rely on my community hospital when I need it the most.”

Alicia Bastalla, RPN Mackenzie Health (from left), Ron Draycott and Dr. Joseph Greenwald, Physician, Emergency Medicine. Photos by Gary Collier

Alicia Bastalla, RPN Mackenzie Health (from left), Ron Draycott and Dr. Joseph Greenwald, Physician, Emergency Medicine. Photos by Gary Collier

“ I am fully recovered, but I will never forget the patience, compassion and skill of the CT technologists who cared for me at Mackenzie Health.”