Born and raised in the west end
I’ve lived one block north of the hospital on Glendale Ave. for nearly my entire life. My parents and I moved into the neighbourhood when I was less than a year old so St. Joe’s has been part of my life for over 50 years.
It was always there for us whenever my family needed emergency hospital care like when I broke my arm at the age of five..
As time went on, it played an increasingly important role in the care of my aging parents.
Caring for my father
When my 89 year old father was taken to St. Joe’s in 2004 and diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer, the compassion and support given to him was truly wonderful before being finally transferred to the palliative care unit at St. Michael’s hospital. During his stay at St. Joe’s, the hospital staff provided support and care not only to my father, but also to my mother and me. The staff was always there for us, answering our questions and easing our worries and concerns.
Compassionate care for my mom
St. Joe’s was there for us once again during the last few years of my mother’s life. Until her death at the age of 90 in October 2016, my mother had quite a number of visits and stays in the hospital in the last years of so of her life. She suffered from a number of wrist and leg fractures from falls. She was admitted several times for breathing difficulties due to aortic stenosis. Every time she was admitted, she got wonderful care. Even when the emergency department was absolutely full and she would be on a gurney in the hallway, the staff would always try to make her as comfortable as possible. My mother spent the last couple of days of her life under St. Joe’s care when she was brought into the hospital after suffering a stroke in 2016. Even when there was nothing that could be done for my mother apart from making her comfortable, the staff provided compassionate support for both us.
Giving back in gratitude
So St. Joe’s has always been there for my parents and I over the years and I really want to give something back to the hospital. That is why I have included St. Joe’s in my will. I want to support this great hospital so that it can continue to give wonderful care for our community. It is the least that I can do and I am sure that it is something that my father, Bron Remani, and mother, Alina Remani, would agree with.