Our west end community has come together to help St. Joe’s keep its promise to always be here for our neighbours. Every dollar donated helps St. Joe’s provide better patient care. So much has already been done and exciting new developments are underway because of donors. Learn more about how donors have made a difference in the health of our west end.
Children’s Floor and CIBC Just for Kids Clinic
Thanks to your neighbours, St. Joe’s is home to the best place to care for kids in our community. In April 2016, donor support for the Promise Campaign made it possible to open a newly-renovated children’s floor and an expanded CIBC Just for Kids Clinic.
Your support has turned two examination rooms into four so our paediatricians can see more children. The spacious and welcoming floor now includes an improved reception and waiting area for better flow throughout the clinics, and there’s an interactive play area with games and décor that was inspired by our west-end community.
Dr. Jennifer Bender Block Room
Dr. Jennifer Bender was a beloved anesthesiologist at St. Joe’s. She passed away suddenly in 2015 but her memory lives on a special way. Thanks to her family, friends, our staff and community, donations created the Dr. Jennifer Bender Block Room – an initiative that was dear to her heart.
This room is now used in our operating suites so anesthetists can begin blocking pain before patients enter the operating room.
Endo-Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
The new EBUS diagnoses lung cancer and other conditions without the need for surgery. Abnormal tissues deep in the body make it difficult for doctors to diagnose cancer without a biopsy or performing surgery. With EBUS, doctors can get an accurate diagnosis through small incisions which means a faster recovery for patients.
Patients with painful kidney stones, prostate problems, bladder cancer and other urological conditions are now getting faster treatment. A new fluoroscopy table with diagnostic capabilities means doctors can treat patients through image-guided surgery, resulting in a faster recovery.
Ultrasound technology is evolving quickly. The latest equipment is much better than the old in providing visual detail that can lead to a life-saving diagnosis. A portable ultrasound is especially important for patients with mobility restrictions. A new portable ultrasound funded by donors is giving our teams the best technology to get answers.
Oncology Waiting Area
Patients undergoing chemotherapy now have a beautiful, comfortable waiting area. This newly-renovated space is possible thanks to a generous donation by Lorna Martin and Lori’s Legacy, The Ciro and Caterina Gucciardi Charitable Foundation, and John Carnevale and his three children. This renovation is the first phase of a larger project to improve the Oncology Clinic.
Lauren’s Lounge provides people with mental illness a safe and calming lounge space while they are in our care at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. This lounge is possible thanks to the St. Joe’s Plate, a horseracing event that is committed to raising funds to support mental health care.
The Rocco Donald Belvedere Healing Garden
The gardens outside the Our Lady of Mercy Wing provide a beautiful retreat for patients and visitors. Flowers mingle with greenery, complementing new benches and a prominent statue of the Virgin Mary reflecting St. Joseph’s Catholic roots. It’s all thanks to Sandra Belvedere, a generous donor, who wanted to honour her husband by creating The Rocco Donald Belvedere Healing Garden
ImagineIF Innovation Fund
Thanks to support of an anonymous donor, St. Joseph’s now has a fund called IMAGINE IF so our own care providers can identify small and medium-sized initiatives to make the experience better for our patients. Projects now underway include:
- A Wayfinding interactive kiosk and app to help patients and families navigate their way through the Health Centre;
- A new initiative called ROAR (Reach Out and Read) to help kids read by providing books in our Family Medicine Clinic waiting rooms that they can take home. Parents are also receiving counseling on literacy to help their little ones improve their reading skills;
- SmartShare Health, a digital platform that makes it easier for patients to access educational materials – smartsharehealth.com has already been launched; and
- A 3D printer has been purchased for Clinical Engineering to print replacement parts for our machines on site at a fraction of the cost – these are non-critical spare parts for medical devices.