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E-news from St. Joe's Foundation |  2019 Edition 3
Mental Health Morning Theo Fleury

Meet Theo Fleury at A Mental Health Morning 

As an NHL Stanley Cup Champion, Theo Fleury is best known for his time on the ice. But off the rink, he lived with the effects of a troubled childhood and abuse, causing him to cope with his emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviours. Today, Theo is a champion and motivational agent of change for those living with addiction and he will be bringing his powerful message to our Mental Health Morning event.

A Mental Health Morning is an annual event hosted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction. Funds raised will benefit Mental Health and Addiction Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton which delivers compassionate, innovative and recovery-focused care to all those who need it.

Join us at A Mental Health Morning, presented by ArcelorMittal Dofasco, at Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Melissa Farrell

Our Hospital President on Why Philanthropy is Essential

We’re fortunate to provide care to a region that is virtually unmatched in its displays of generosity and philanthropy. Thank you for your unwavering support of our Hospital and the care we have provided for 129 years and counting. In my new role as President of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, one of the questions I often receive is “If healthcare is publicly funded through our taxes, why do hospitals need to fundraise?” It’s a fair question and one that may have crossed the minds of donors like you from time to time.

While the provincial government does provide 85 - 100 percent of our Hospital’s operating costs, these funds do not cover all of the resources needed to care for the two million people in our region. Government funding does not account for all of the costs associated with purchasing equipment, constructing or renovating patient care facilities, nor investing in research. For these expenses, the Hospital relies heavily on charitable donations from people like you.

Your philanthropy, paired with the care St. Joe’s has long provided is a powerful combination. Your donations have the power to take our facilities, our equipment, and our research from ordinary to extraordinary. Read more about why I believe philanthropy is essential to enabling St. Joe's to provide the very best care possible to you and those you love. 

Read Melissa's full blog on the delicate balance of funding hospitals here.

Juravinskis Leave a Research Legacy to Remember 

Margaret and Charles Juravinski

In the spring of 2019, Charles and Margaret Juravinski took the Hamilton and global health care communities by storm when they announced a new $100 million endowment to fund health care research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. 

To read their Letter to the Community, or to consider a legacy gift of your own, visit

Because of You...We Raised $625,000!

because of you

This spring through Around the Bay, Paris to Ancaster and the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women, we raised $625,000 because of you! It is all thanks to the generosity of our event participants, fundraisers, donors and friends of St. Joe's.

Because of you, the funds raised will support our Robotic Surgery Program, the redevelopment of our Psychiatric Emergency Service, the renewal of our Dialysis Unit at the Charlton Campus, our women’s mental health programs and research in several departments across the Hospital.

Thank you for coming out this spring and don’t forget to save the date for next year’s events. Visit to learn more.

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