Dr. Leila Kasrai says St. Joe’s is a hospital like no other. “It’s like a family. When you walk down the halls, you recognize people’s faces and everyone says ‘hello.’”
She has been working as a physician at St. Joe’s for more than 25 years and believes this feeling of family translates to the care our health care teams provide to our patients every day. “It’s why our community trusts St. Joe’s,” she says. “They are comfortable being here because they know they get good care.”
As a cycling enthusiast, Dr. Kasrai supports Cycle 4 St. Joe’s every year. This year, she’s supporting Team Surgery to honour the nurses she works with.
In particular, it’s her pleasure to talk about one of her favourite nurses, Marijana Stojic, who works in minor surgery.
“We have a special bond—we are both Aquarius’,”she jokes. “Kidding aside, she is one of the most dedicated, hardworking and compassionate nurses I have ever worked with and that shines through every day as she works with patients.”
Our nurses at St. Joe’s went above and beyond these past few months. They’ve spent long hours providing our community with the care they need and keeping them safe.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and surgical services were suspended, nurses like Marijana from the Operating Room and Minor surgery department were deployed to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre and to community long-term care facilities. “Our nurses at St. Joe’s went above and beyond these past few months,” she says. “They spent long hours providing our community with the care they need and keeping them safe. For that, we are eternally grateful.”
Dr. Kasrai, along with many others, is a West End Warrior and supporting Team Surgery riders on September 20th. It’s not too late to join or support those who are participating.
Please click here to sponsor this year’s Cycle 4 St. Joe’s. Your donation will help create needed spaces such as building a new Emergency Department, which is needed now more than ever.
Visit Cycle4StJoes.ca for more information.