In 2014, Arturo Pugliese suddenly felt unwell while cycling. Upon a friend’s suggestion, he drove himself to St. Joe’s to be seen at the Emergency Department. A blocked artery in his heart required immediate attention and ever since then, he’s been receiving follow up care at St. Joe’s for routine cardiology visits and exams.
But despite receiving life-saving treatment at St. Joe’s, the hospital means so much more to Arturo and his family.
“We are huge fans of the CIBC Just For Kids Clinic at St. Joe’s,” says his wife, Alessia. “It’s the service we use the most at the hospital!”
This year, Arturo, President of Mobilaw, is one of the supporting sponsors for Cycle 4 St. Joe’s on September 20th—an event that happens every year to raise critical funds for the health centre. The care they have received for their family made them realize the importance of supporting their community hospital and giving back–and they want others in the community to know too!
“Our oldest is 12,” they say, “and ever since we can remember, when we can’t see our pediatrician, we head straight to the clinic.”
Their kids love the waiting area in the clinic, but most importantly they feel safe and at ease with all the doctors and staff there. During a visit to the clinic in April, their 6-year-old daughter was taken aback by all the changes in place due to COVID-19. “Everyone was wearing a mask and faceshield,” Alessia recalls, “but as soon as our daughter saw the doctor’s picture on his badge, she recognized him and immediately relaxed.”
As parents, these are the experiences they value most and have always had at the CIBC Just for Kids Clinic. In their opinion, the clinic is one of the ways St. Joe’s is keeping their Promise to meet the diverse needs of our west-end community.
You can support the riders participating in Cycle 4 St. Joes by making a donation today.