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E-news from St. Joe's Foundation | 2021 April Edition

Hope Lives Here: Welcome to the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at St. Joe’s

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Since early March, tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered inside the Margaret & Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare at St. Joseph’s West 5th Campus. The building originally constructed to bring mental health and medical care together is doing just that as the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Conference Centre on the second floor as well as the facility's Gymnasium have been transformed into a large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic that is now delivering approximately 2,000 doses per day. Take a virtual tour of the new vaccine clinic by flipping through this PHOTO ALBUM.

“The overwhelming feeling amongst both our staff and the clients receiving the vaccine, is one of hope,” says Tammy Robinson, a nurse manager in urgent care at St. Joseph’s King Campus who’s been redeployed to help oversee clinical operations at the Hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. “Hope that they will soon be able to safely see their friends and extended family members. Hope that they can hug their grandchildren again. Hearing their excitement and their gratitude, it reminds us all why we pursued a career in healthcare. To help others.”

The new vaccine clinic is the latest in a long line of heroic efforts undertaken by the staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton during the COVID-19 Pandemic: from volunteering to assist in retirement and long-term care homes experiencing severe outbreaks of the virus, to opening a new satellite health facility, expanding capacity in our ICU, and keeping all of the patients we’re honoured to serve safe. A series of videos were created to remember the countless acts of courage, care and compassion that have happened at our Hospital over the past year, and you can watch them by clicking here.

Based on the severity of the third wave of the pandemic and the stay at home order recently put in place, we know that we are not out of the woods just yet. We must remain vigilant and protect ourselves and one another by continuing to follow public health measures. But vaccines are showing great promise in offering protection against this virus, and for a moment, we just wanted to share with you a place within our Hospital that is giving us and so many others, hope.

Eat Well, Stay Well: Tips from our Expert

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Organic produce. Superfoods. Antioxidants. Plant proteins. The world of food and healthy eating can be confusing. That’s why Helen VandeMark, Director, Patient Food Services and Clinical Nutrition at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton recently spoke with Hamilton Community News about how to optimize your nutrition during COVID-19. And while she says there’s no “magic bullet” food that boosts our immune system enough to ward off or protect against COVID-19, she does offer some tips and guidance in the full article that’s available by clicking here.

Gift from the Marta & Owen Boris Foundation Launches Addiction Program for Young Adults


Experimentation with substance use often begins in the teens and peaks in young adulthood. While most emerging adults grow out of risky use of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs, for others, it can become a lifelong battle against addiction.

A new pilot program at St. Joe’s aims to provide help early on so that young adults struggling with substance use can have the best chance possible of avoiding chronic substance abuse. Over the next three years, the Young Adult Substance Use Program (YA-SUP) will provide more than 600 youth and young adults aged 17 - 25 with evidence-based treatment for their substance use concerns.

In 2020 alone, more than 625 youth and young adults sought care in St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Emergency Services for overdoses and other substance use concerns. That number is projected to increase this year based on the overall increase in substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making changes to the way healthcare is delivered can take time and often requires investment above and beyond the operating dollars provided by the province. The YA-SUP program was made possible thanks to donations to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, including a leadership gift of $600,000 from the Marta & Owen Boris Foundation. The Hospital and the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research are also contributing funds and resources to make the pilot program possible. To learn more about the YA-SUP program click here.

Team St. Joe's is Seeing Double!

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Melissa Farrell, President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Dr. Zain Chagla, Medical Director, Infection Control are the co-captains of Team St. Joe’s - a collection of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and community members who have signed up to walk, run and raise funds for St. Joe’s in the 2021 Virtual Around the Bay Road Race.

Collectively, Team St. Joe’s is aiming to raise $100,000 and that lofty goal just got a tremendous boost from a group of generous St. Joe’s supporters who would like to inspire the community to rally behind our healthcare heroes. Four individuals have come together to create a $25,000 matching fund that will be used to double every donation made to Team St. Joe’s for a limited time! Act fast, though, as we get closer to matching the full $25,000 every day! Support Team St. Joe’s or your favourite participant by clicking here.

FREE INFORMATION SESSION: Your Prostate Cancer Questions Answered


Here from leading experts and urologists from the Urologic Cancer Centre for Research & Innovation as they answer your questions about prostate cancer. Featuring Dr. Bobby Shayegan, Dr. Edward Matsumoto and Dr. Anil Kapoor. The event takes place on April 20th and you can register here.


Treat yourself & know that every bid supports women’s mental health programs at St. Joe’s.


We've got everything from videogame consoles and tablets to gift cards, concert tickets and more in our Shoppers Drug Mart Home & Beauty Auction! This virtual auction is part of our Run for Women campaign supporting women’s mental health programs at St. Joe's. The auction runs until April 24th, so bid on your favourite item today at

Leading By Example: St. Joe’s new VP of Research Takes on Paris to Ancaster | A Ride for Research

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Dr. Lehana Thabane started his new role as Vice-President, Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Scientific Director of the Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton on April 1, 2021. Already, he’s leading by example. One week into his new role, he’s signed on to lead a team of researchers as they take part in Paris to Ancaster | A Ride for Research. The spring cycling classic was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but race organizers have developed multiple ways for people to safely participate this year. Registrants can ride in a virtual Paris to Ancaster on a stationary bike at home using the XERT platform or choose to ride outdoors on a variety of routes pre-mapped by elite cycling enthusiasts and cleverly named “Not-the-Paris-to-Ancaster.”

Best of all, when participants choose to raise funds to support their ride, proceeds go directly towards funding ground-breaking healthcare research right here at St. Joe’s. While the Hospital in the heart of Hamilton has been caring for the community for more than 130 years, lots of people are still surprised to learn about the calibre of research at St. Joe's. From Robo-Knees to Taking Aim at Cystic Fibrosis, learn about some of the fascinating recent research projects underway by reading this new annual report from The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton.

The P2A Proper May be Sold Out, but You Can do Your Own Ride for Research:

Cycling outdoors is one of the safest activities to engage in amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home order recently put in place. Perhaps that’s why the Paris to Ancaster event sold out so quickly. But worry not, even if you missed the chance to sign up for the Paris to Ancaster Race on April 24 & 25, St. Joe’s invites you to create your own course or just head out for a ride around your favourite neighbourhood while raising funds to support research. Sign up here to do your own ride for research.

A New 50/50 Lottery is Coming Soon!


Hope Springs at St. Joe’s with a new 50/50 lottery set to kick off on May 3rd, 2021! Featuring a cash prize of 50% of tickets sold as well as an early bird prize of $1,000, you'll be springing off the couch to buy tickets! Every ticket gives you the chance to win big while supporting St. Joe’s and the care we’re honoured to provide to our community. Stay up to date by visiting our website and following St. Joe’s on social media.

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