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E-news from St. Joe's Foundation | 2022 September Edition 

Thanks to The Sandra Schmirler Foundation

Thanks to The Sandra Schmirler Foundation, Newborn Care at St. Joe’s is Right on the Button

St. Joe’s is grateful to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for its generous donation of more than $40,000 to purchase three new biliblankets, a bili meter and a scale that will help our care teams treat jaundiced infants in our Special Care Nursery.

Our Women’s and Infants’ Program has the busiest maternity ward in the city, welcoming over 3,650 babies every year (that’s 10 babies delivered every day)! One of the most common conditions babies are born with is jaundice, which causes a baby’s skin and the whites of their eyes to turn a yellowish colour due to excess bilirubin in the blood.

But that’s where a new bili meter and the biliblankets come in to help. Biliblankets (pictured above with baby Nelly and proud parents, Kristina and Brendan) are portable phototherapy devices that allow babies to receive continuous photo light treatment while being held, clothed and fed, allowing families to be involved in the care of their newborns and providing more bonding time, too. A bili meter will help our care teams to measure the strength of neonatal phototherapy lights, like biliblankets, to ensure that they’re providing optimal care.

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was established in memory of the Canadian curling legend fondly known as “Schmirler the Curler.” To learn more about the foundation, and how its gift is helping babies at our Hospital, read the full story.

Ring in 25 Years of our Foundation's Gala

Ring in 25 Years of our Foundation’s Gala: Join Us for Silver Bells!

Join us on Saturday, November 5, at LiUNA Station as we present Silver Bells – the 25th Anniversary of the St. Joe’s Gala. Event co-chairs Angelo and Darlene Paletta, together with presenting sponsors Carstar, Driven Brands and Effort Trust are delighted to welcome you back to our first in-person gala since 2019! We look forward to an evening of fine food, friendship, auctions, entertainment and some after dinner dancing, too! But this gala has always been more than a glamorous night out. It’s the event that helps our Hospital the most. This year, funds raised will help to bring a CT suite to our busy Emergency Room while also funding a fleet of new point-of-care ultrasound machines for the Dialysis Unit. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit our website.

Born Ruffians Headline Hamilton Concert To Benefit Kidney Care

Born Ruffians Headline Hamilton Concert To Benefit Kidney Care at our Hospital

On Saturday, October 1, St. Joe’s Foundation is pleased to return as the beneficiary of Guitar Strings and Kidney Things at the Bridgeworks music venue in Hamilton. Headlining this year’s benefit concert to support leading kidney care at our Hospital is the talented Toronto-based indie rock band Born Ruffians. Guitar Strings and Kidney Things is an event organized by David and Ken Angus. In 1997, at the age of 19, David received a kidney transplant from his father, Ken. The surgery was performed right here at St. Joe’s. This marked a new start in David’s life after living with kidney disease since he was six months old. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pair’s successful transplant, every ticket sold to see the concert will support nephrology care at St. Joe’s. Get your tickets today, and visit our website to read more about David and Ken’s story.

This event also has an online silent auction with over $6,000 in fantastic items available. Click here to view the full catalogue and bid today!

Our Tee-rrific Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000

Our Tee-rrific Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000 for the Future of Care!

St. Joe’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament at the beautiful Glendale Golf & Country Club on September 8 was an un-FORE-gettable day on the fairways that raised over $100,000 – the highest fundraising figure the tournament has tallied in its recent history!

This year’s sold-out tournament saw 148 players golfing for a great cause. Funds raised from the event will support St. Joe’s robotic surgery program to help patients heal faster and get home sooner. Recently, St. Joe’s surgeons were the first in Canada to perform a fully robotic procedure that is helping patients diagnosed with cancers of the esophagus. That’s just the kind of innovation funds raised through this tournament help to drive!

A warm thank you to all of the sponsors, players, volunteers and committee members who, once again, came together to make this tournament a resounding success. We look forward to seeing you all again at our 2023 tournament! For photos of our foursomes and the full day on the fairways, view this album.

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