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Volunteering for the greater good
Two volunteer board members

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Board members are making a world of difference in patients’ lives

Serving on the board of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF)is a combined effort for long-time friends Loretta Rogers and Dr. Bernard Gosevitz.

“We work as a really close team,” says Dr. Gosevitz, sitting with Ms. Rogers in the sun-filled atrium of her home in Old Forest Hill, Toronto. “Loretta’s been involved in philanthropy for a long time, particularly with schools, so she puts a different spin on it, and I’ve got the spin of a primary physician, as well. So we come up with ideas that are maybe a little to the right or to the left, but maybe that’s good.”

Dr. Gosevitz, Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at Rogers Communications, recruited Ms. Rogers 10 years ago to join him on the TGWHF board, knowing she shared his interest in cardiac care and research. Dr. Gosevitz had been the Rogers family’s physician since 1974 and treated Ms. Rogers’s husband – the late communications magnate Ted Rogers – for an ongoing heart condition that plagued him for years.

Ms. Rogers says she felt compelled to join the board because she had always been impressed with the care her husband had received as a patient at the University Health Network (UHN).