Santa Bruce Brings the Season s Magic. I hope my act of kindness will encourage others to give to our community this holiday season.

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DECEMBER Santa Bruce Brings the Season s Magic One truly unique holiday tale imagined and brought to life by the generous people at St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton is the story of Santa Bruce.
DECEMBER Santa Bruce Brings the Season s Magic One truly unique holiday tale imagined and brought to life by the generous people at St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton is the story of Santa Bruce. In this story, Santa s workshop resembles Charlton Campus shipping bay and the North Pole that houses the sleigh looks a lot like Dr. Kolb s storage space in the Juravinski Innovation Tower. For the last six years, Bruce Straughan and a team of volunteers come together to build the hand-crafted, sparkling sleigh that sits atop a long shipping cart. On December 13th, the magical sleigh took flight through the halls of Charlton Campus, delivering generously donated Build-a-Bear toys with Bruce at the helm dressed in Santa s suit! On his route, Santa Bruce and his elves collected donations to support the AM 900 CHML Christmas Tree of Hope. I hope my act of kindness will encourage others to give to our community this holiday season. Santa Bruce Straughan St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton Employee and Volunteer St. Joe s Hamilton We are proud to have created a new website that is easy to navigate, mobile & tablet friendly & meets A.O.D.A Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. 6 Dec 2013 to Life! Before working at St. Joe s, I experienced a difficult time and I had to bring Christmas to life for my family with little money to spare, says Bruce Straughan, St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton employee who has worked at St. Joe s for 26 years. I hope my act of kindness will encourage others to give to our community this holiday season. Santa Bruce s tale is just one of many stories of how St. Joe s staff brings the magic of the season to life, but it is certainly one that will be remembered by all who have been touched by his generosity of spirit over the years. This Christmas the story is all the more memorable because after 26 years of service at St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton, Bruce Straughan retired on the same day the sleigh took flight. Inside this Issue... A heart big enough to hold St. Joe s We re Better Together and We re Almost There! Accessibility Update p2 p3 p3 President s Message We are a 24/7/365 caring organization and as we prepare to celebrate the holidays thank you so much to all of our staff who will be on duty to ensure that we can continue to care for our patients in what can be a really tough time to face serious illness. What makes St. Joe s a special place to be during the holidays are all of the unique ways each of us work together to provide compassionate care to our patients, their families and the community around us. baskets to patients who receive dialysis at either our Charlton Campus, King Campus or at home. Another example is how our Addiction Services programs for men and women open their doors on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year s Eve, inviting all who are alone, feeling unsafe, and would like to be with others to drop in and have a cheerful meal. Our resident physicians in psychiatry have created a program to support those in need over the holiday season, our staff contribute to food banks, our Santa visits One of many examples is how our Kidney & Urinary program raises funds every year during the holidays to provide comfort patients in the hospital bringing good cheer and I know many of you are also involved in work outside the hospital walls to bring something special to those who have needs. Remembering our community this time of year is one of our traditions at St. Joe s. As an organization, we ve rallied around our Better Together campaign with the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and our Foundation to help build a stronger, healthier community. Read more on page 3 within this issue on how you can still contribute. As we begin to look forward to the New Year, I would like to take this opportunity thank every member of St. Joe s team for their commitment to our Mission and dedication to our patients and their families. Dr. David Higgins A heart big enough to hold St. Joe s St. Joe s staff has saved Al Stokan s life twice. He is so grateful for the Hospital s exceptional care that he organized a fundraiser event to support the Hospital and the patients we serve. This inspiring 86-year-old Hamilton resident raised $5,000 in just one evening! community. Al sold tickets, secured sponsorships, found items for the silent auction and penny sale, and also had time to be the Head Chef! The evening was a great success with more than 200 people attending. Al s entire life has been guided by a philosophy of helping others. Since arriving in On September 22, Al, with the help of his fellow Knights Hamilton in the 1950s he has supported many individuals of Columbus members in Stoney Creek, hosted a dinner and organizations and dance evening and invited the even helped former mayor From left, Joe Trombetta, Al Stokan, Janine Belzak (Foundation staff) and Mike Petis enjoyed the fundraising event. Vic Copps bring the Football Hall of Fame to Hamilton. During his early days in the city, Al often walked up the mountain through the Hospital grounds and he fondly recalls visiting our chapel when the Sisters of St. Joseph were praying. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this fundraising event for our Hospital! Our Foundation is very grateful that Al s big heart holds a special place for St. Joe s. Fixed, guaranteed rate for 1 Year. HMECU St. Joseph s Hospital Staff Branch Room G1104 or call ext December 2013 HOURS OF OPERATION Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri...8:30am to 4:30pm Wednesdays...10:30am to 5:00pm Closed Daily from... 1:30pm to 2:30pm Better Together and we re almost there! Our first ever joint campaign between the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and St. Joseph s Healthcare Foundation has been a resounding success! To date we ve raised $36,000, about $5,000 more than last year, but just a little shy of this year s $40,000 goal. But together, we know we can get there! You can still donate online at until December 31 and receive a 2013 charitable tax receipt. Denim Day on November 29 raised $1,300 and also raised the spirits of over 600 staff who enthusiastically paid $2 to wear their fashionable denim apparel to work. Congratulations to St. Joe s staff who have claimed the latest campaign prizes! Fiona Behr won a vacation day Jane Loncke took home a $100 gift certificate for Lime Ridge Mall The ipad was won by Lori Ferguson Nellie Richards was the lucky winner of the Bulldogs Box Seats R The Car Charger went to Robin Mitchell The Wildlife Carpet was won by Denise Pepe A BIG thank you to all of our campaign supporters! You are helping to build a stronger, healthier community. We ll report back with the final tally of funds raised in late December. Accessibility Update As an organization, St. Joseph s Healthcare is working to meet the standards set out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in part of our commitment to provide a respectful, accessible and inclusive environment for all patients, employees and visitors. Do Your Part: Mandatory Customer Service Training Everyone at St. Joe s must complete AODA Customer Service training by the end of December 2013 in order to ensure we are compliant with legislation and to help make our organization accessible. Completing your part in this process is easy and can be done online! Complete your AODA Customer Service Standards & Accessibility Training e-learning Course online through MyStJoes. The course takes about 18 minutes to complete. If you need help accessing your E-Learning modules, please contact Rachita Saini at or Ext Personal Emergency Response Planning In support of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Requirement (IASR), St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton is requesting that any employee or volunteer with a disability (permanent or temporary) that could prevent getting to safety during an emergency contact their direct supervisor to develop a Personal Employee/Volunteer Emergency Response Plan. For more information about this accessibility update, please contact Trisha Nixon, Chair, Accessibility Steering Committee at Ext or December Call for Nominations Those eligible are any of the following individuals: Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton Mission Legacy Awards Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton Volunteer Board Members Employees at management and staff levels Volunteers Physicians Nominations must include a summary explaining how this individual has contributed to the legacy and Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, SJHH and/or SJHH Foundation, as well as the contact details of the nominator. There is no deadline for nominations as this is an ongoing process and previous nominations will continue into the New Year. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton s Mission Legacy Awards are the highest honour bestowed by our organization recognizing those who have contributed in For more information and to obtain a an exceptional manner to the health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton & St. Joseph s Healthcare nomination form and award brochure: Hamilton (SJHH) and our Foundation (SJH Foundation). Any individual or group (internally or externally) is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate to receive this award. The nomination of posthumous candidates is also welcome. 4 MyStJoes/Corporate Initiatives/ Mission Legacy Awards ext November 22, 2013 December 6, 2013 Kimberly Munn Emergency Psychiatric Services Charlton Campus $7, Ronald Gauvreau Materials Management Charlton Campus $7, is published monthly by the St. Joseph s Healthcare Hamilton Public Affairs Department. Send your comments, suggestions, story ideas or submissions to: Public Affairs Department Level 1, 225 James St. South Telephone: , ext Find Quality Here Find Change Here Find Innovation Here Find Community Here Find Interconnection Here Find Philanthropy Here Our Committment to Quality and Safety Transforming How We Work Research and Education Engaged People Breaking Down Barriers Supported Growth December 2013 Congratulations 2013 Winners! Individual Clinical David Head (left) receiving the award from Marilyn Dakars Hayward Individual Teaching Award Dr. Heather McNeely (right) receiving award from Peter Beiling Individual Leadership Award Gary Payne (right) receiving the award from Michael Chow Team Clinical Representatives from the Bridge to Recovery Program (CAMS team) Shireen Boutilier, Tina Cagampan, Shirley Gignac, Hani Gorji, Catherine Kovacich & Maryanne Mancini Individual Research Award Dr. Sheryl Green (right) receiving the award from Randi McCabe Team Teaching Award Representatives of the Therapeutics Senior Education (3rd Helen Harris, John O Neill, Aji John, 2nd Michelle Daigneault, Jennifer Lee, Victoria Haslam, Mary Devcic, Christina Senchuk, Jimena Silliker, 1st Vince DePaul) receiving the of award from Jane Loncke (right) Individual Innovation in Professional Diana Hatzaglou (right) receiving award from Shari Duxbury Team Leadership Award Representatives from the Forensics Team Quality of Worklife Committee: (Dr. Heather Moulden, Barb Byrnes, Ron Dick, Michelle Fram-Kovar, Mary-Lou Martin, Julie Johanssen, Miles LaPenotiere, Mary Lou Solow) receiving the award from Marilyn Dakars Hayward left. Absent: Dave Baldock, Deb Clark, Thomas Horn & Sandra Taylor Champion of Professional Yelena Potts (left) receiving the award from Sandra Ireland Team Innovation in Professional Representatives of the Senior Activation through Volunteer Engagement Program: Leanne Vanderburg, Yelena Potts, Brittany Strauss, Stacey Sestric, Susy Marrone, Darlene Shaw, receiving award from Monica Alderson and Susan Zidaric Seymour. Absent: KaelaBisson, Diana De Rosa Professional Advisory Committee Health Professionals Excellence in s Professional Advisory Committee Health Professionals Excellence in s 2013 Nominees Individual Clinical Justin Admiral Jodie Alderson Debra Crispin Michelle Daigneault Magen Dunkley Alfredo Falicoff Fatima Foster Dorothy Gaffney David Head Dr. Padman Jayarantne Aji John Olivera Kapelj Sarah Kilpatrick Lisa Manto Grant Susan Maynard Ashley Palmer Dr. Joseph Pellizzari Laura Rankin MaryAnn Rizzo Barry Rosen Janet Ryan Dr. Miriam Spinner Suzanne Stelmach Terri Ann Tabak Kim Taylor Individual Research Award Dr. Sheryl Green Dr. Margaret McKinnon Susan Strong Christine Wallace Individual Teaching Award Kamila Gemin Lisa Manto Grant Dr. Heather McNeely Lee Ann Wiebe Spiritual Care Respiratory Therapy Vocational Counselors/Instructors Medical Laboratory Technology Medicine Vocational Counselors/Instructors Pharmacy Team Clinical Bridge to Recovery Program CAMS Team:,, Complex Care Quality Council: Medicine, Nutrition,,, Medicine, Pharmacy,, Respiratory Therapy,, Spiritual Care, Speech-Language Pathology, Community Psychiatry Services, General Team Clinicians:,, Team Innovation in Professional Mood Disorders Program Out of the Blues: Medicine,,, Bridge to Recovery Program - CAMS Team:,, Dialysis Senior Technologists: Dialysis Technology Senior Activation Through Volunteer Engagement:,, Mood Disorders Program Team Unbreakable: Medicine,,, Team Leadership Award Quality of Work Life Committee:,,,, Team Teaching Award Department: Forensic Psychiatry Program Course Resource Team:, Peer Support,, Therapeutics Senior Care Education Team:,,, Speech-Language Pathology, Individual Leadership Award Eric Bellmer Savinna Frederiksen Pam George Alycia Gillespie Yayoi Goto Julie Johannsen Dr Heather McNeely Gary Payne Sharon Robinson Sharon Simons Dialysis Technology Pharmacy Spiritual Care PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE VISION As leaders in professional practice we are committed to making a difference in people s lives through collaboration, accountability and integration of excellence in professional practice that promotes clinical care, education, and research across St. Joseph s Healthcare.
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