Few people visit a hospital more often than dialysis patients. Many come to our renal clinic over 150 times a year for treatment which can last for up to four hours at a time. That is the equivalent of almost a month a year.
A bright, modern new space
We are so very thankful to everyone in our community who came together to help build this wonderful new space. The new Centre provides a higher level of care for the hundreds of dialysis patients who receive treatment here every week.
In 1996, the St. Joe’s dialysis unit opened with just five treatment stations, two nurses and two nephrologists. Today, St. Joseph’s has two dialysis sites, with 38 treatment stations and a team of five doctors, 50 nurses, two social workers and a dietitian overseeing 37,700 dialysis care visits annually.
The new clinic is double the size of the previous space and filled with natural light. Three additional stations create capacity to treat 18 more patients and handle 2,800 more visits annually.
There are also private rooms with lifts for patients with limited mobility and a washroom with a shower so patients can go straight to work after treatments.
hemodialysis treatments performed last year
treatments per year for some patients
Approximately 900 people with kidney disease are treated in St. Joe's Regional Dialysis Program
We are proud to name our new Dialysis Centre after Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex. Salah and Jacob are leaders in every way. They are generous donors and enthusiastic champions.
Philanthropist Salah Bachir is a dialysis patient at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, which he calls his “second home” given how often he visits for treatment. His frequent treatments inspired him to donate himself and raise $2 million to support better dialysis care at St. Joseph’s, including the launch of the Bachir Yerex Family Dialysis Centre, which is named after him and his husband Jacob Yerex.
“There is so much need in our communities and it gives me great pleasure to help,” said Bachir. “St. Joe’s is a particular passion of mine because as a member of the west-end community and a patient, I want to help my neighbours get the best health care possible.”
Thank you to all of our donors for improving care
St. Joe’s west end community came together to help support this modern new space. We would like to thank everyone who supported the new facility including the following supporters who gave $10,000 or more.
Salah Bachir & Jacob Yerex
Guests of the Salah Bachir Show
Bank of Montreal
Dr. Adriana Berbece
Cineplex Entertainment LP
Dr. Amr Elmaraghy & Hanan Abdelhafez
The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation
Sheila Gregory & Eugene Knapik
The Hunt Family Charitable Foundation
Dr. Amrit Kang
Dr. Stavros Karanicolas
Labatt Breweries of Canada
Murray Frum Foundation
The Ouellette Family Foundation
Paulcorp Investments Inc.
Phamous Characters Inc.
Andrew & Valerie Pringle
Dr. Myurathy Rao
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Dr. Joanna Sasal
The Slaight Family Foundation
And several anonymous donors