Faces of the QEH – Rhonda Lewis

“I am forever grateful for the phenomenal team of health care professionals.”

As a registered nurse from Cable Head, PEI, Rhonda Lewis walked herself into the QEH, five days a week, for 23 years. Never did she think she’d be wheeled in from an ambulance. It was an ordinary day at home, except for a headache she couldn’t seem to shake. After being diagnosed with Crohn’s last fall she was getting used to having good days and bad.

As she was heading upstairs, her legs gave out from underneath her. Her mother-in-law immediately called 911 after witnessing her collapse. At the age of 46, Rhonda was having a stroke and quickly became the patient.

After initial treatment in Halifax, Rhonda was able to receive the majority of her extensive treatment in PEI, spending three and a half months literally getting back on her feet.  She was extremely relieved to come back home to the QEH, not only to be closer to her husband and daughter, but knowing that she would be in very good hands with our incredible team of health care providers. Rhonda accessed a multitude of our QEH services including internal medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, stroke/rehabilitation services, neurology, diagnostic imaging and spiritual care.

During her time working at the QEH Rhonda was a donor, contributing through the iDonate QEH Staff Giving Campaign, which are bi-weekly donations made through payroll deductions. She is continuing her support of the hospital by sharing her story as this year’s Annual Friends for Life Campaign Grateful Patient. “Thanks to donors, the QEH had the medical equipment and rehabilitation services I needed, and I’ve made incredible improvements in my recovery,” explains Lewis. “I am forever grateful for the phenomenal team of health care professions.”

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Photo: Grateful patient Rhonda Lewis, RN, left, along with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Delaney, stands with QEH Foundation annual Friends for Life campaign Chair, Julie Hambly.