Dr. Janet Markland passed away last year, but her legacy is living on.

A dedication ceremony with Don, Heather and Mark Drysdale was held in early October honouring a $150,000 legacy gift made in Markland’s memory to the Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF), to help patients at the hospital.

Dr. Janet Markland

The late Dr. Janet Markland has left a lasting legacy at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

A specialist in rheumatology, Markland’s generosity and compassion were felt by the more than 90,000 patients she saw and treated in her 30 years of clinical practice as a specialist of rheumatology in Saskatoon. She died in August 2013, just prior to her 65th birthday.

Her gift to the RUHF purchased six state-of-the-art beds for Unit 6100 for the improved comfort of patients, and created the Dr. Janet Markland Garden Quiet Room for oncology patients, their families and visitors at RUH. The gift has also created a fund to support oncology research, education, and patient care priorities at RUH.

The Drysdale family surrounds one of the windows in the garden quiet room.

Dr. Janet Markland’s family – Don, Heather and Mark Drysdale – were on hand for the dedication of the quiet room in the late rheumatologist’s name.

“Dr. Markland had a long history of caring for patients and was known and respected for her love of family, faith and medicine,” stated Arla Gustafson of the RUHF. “That tradition of caring will continue through this gift, which exemplifies the true spirit of giving.”

The garden quiet room.

The garden quiet room for oncology patients which bears her name is just one legacy of Dr. Janet Markland at Royal University Hospital.

The garden quiet room is especially fitting as Markland’s legacy, as she was not only passionate about medicine – family and gardening were also very important to her. At home, she could be found digging in the earth from spring thaw through fall freeze-up. Her garden was a gathering place for family and friends, and was even used for charitable fundraising events.

The quiet room that bears her name includes pictures of garden scenes on the walls.

A donation of $150,000 in Markland’s name was also made through the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation to the physiotherapy department at St. Paul’s Hospital.