Messages of Gratitude

This holiday season, we asked our community to send messages of gratitude and support to our staff on the frontlines. These are some of their words of appreciation and thanks for the work they do every day.

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Supporting Healthcare through Gift of Securities

As tax year-end is around the corner, you may be looking for ways to make the most of your charitable contributions while making an impact on healthcare in your community.

Did you know that by donating publicly traded securities, you eliminate the capital gains tax that you would have to pay if you sold the securities and then donated the proceeds? And, you are still eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your donation.

At Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, we encourage you to speak with your advisor to see if this is right for you. Here is the Securities Donation Form to be completed with your broker or advisor to initiate the donation transfer.

Let’s have a conversation about how you can make a difference for healthcare close to home.

Wendy Schilling
Director, Development
905-632-3730 ext. 2041
wschilling@josephbranthospital.ca

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Leaving a legacy and supporting healthcare close to home

November is Make-a-Will month, a time to raise awareness of the importance of having a will in place to ensure your estate plans – such as wishes for your legacy and taking care of your loved ones – are carried out as you intended.

Leaving a legacy gift in your will to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation makes a profound impact on the future of our healthcare.

A legacy gift helps us plan for the hospital’s future priorities and programs, as we continue to provide exemplary health care to our community.

What is a legacy gift?
A legacy gift is also called a bequest. A legacy gift is a donation in your will to a charity that is important to you. Remembering the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in your will is a powerful way to make a big difference while leaving your legacy of generosity and care in your community.

How does a legacy gift benefit you and your loved ones?
You and your family can feel good about the lasting legacy you have established. Your estate could also benefit from tax advantages that may allow you to leave larger gifts for your loved ones.

Everyone has a different reason for supporting our hospital with a legacy gift. For Beverley Brandreth-Carbin, it’s about the special place Joseph Brant Hospital will always hold in her heart.

She served as the ward clerk in the emergency department for almost two decades and it was at JBH where she met her husband, Dr. Robert Carbin who she married in 1998.

Beverley has included JBH in her estate plans as a legacy gift from her and her children.

“Down the road, we’ll all need the hospital, and I’m proud that the Brandreth family will continue to support our community hospital.”

Let’s have a conversation about how you can leave a legacy on healthcare for future generations.

Emma Fitzpatrick
Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving
905-632-3730 Ext. 5542
efitzpatrick@josephbranthospital.ca

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RBC Foundation supports youth mental health

The last 18 months have been so hard on everyone. Nothing has been normal. Nothing has felt right. And nobody has felt this more than kids.

Studies have shown that in the last year, more than 50% of children and adolescents have reported clinically significant depressive symptoms.

But thanks to the generous support of donors like the RBC Foundation, our CAP Clinic has been there to provide youth with the right care at the right time, including Abbey.

“I don’t feel happy anymore.”

It was last July, after months of suffering in silence that Abbey approached her mom and told her how she was feeling.

“I just felt numb,” she said. “There is really no way to describe the way I was feeling.”

The RBC Foundation began supporting the expansion of the CAP Clinic back in 2013, enabling the program to grow from one day a week to five days a week, offering the children, youth and families in our community better access to care.

Over the past eight years, the CAP Clinic has seen a 400% increase in referrals, while providing a significant reduction in wait times. Prior to the pandemic, the CAP Clinic achieved zero wait time for appointments with a child and adolescent psychiatrist, nurse and social worker, down from 52 days in 2013.

The impact on children and adolescents has been particularly hard during the pandemic and, as a result, the CAP Clinic referrals have increased exponentially over the past 18 months. Loss of control, feelings of uncertainty, and changes to routine are contributing to symptoms of anxiety, low mood, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, and parent-child relational problems.

It was a feeling of loneliness and isolation that brought Abbey to the CAP Clinic.

“I remember feeling so alone. Both of my parents are essential workers and weren’t home,” she says. “I’m a very social person and I rely on others to make me happy and I was spending a lot of time in my room alone and crying.”

Abbey began with a psychiatrist but found a connection with Gwen, a social worker in the CAP Clinic. She remembers having an immediate connection with Gwen, who was so welcoming and really made her feel like she had someone she could talk to that understood.

“A lot what helped was her validating the way that I felt,” Abbey says. “It felt so good to know that I wasn’t alone in what I was feeling and I wasn’t going to get in trouble for feeling this way.”

Over the course of her final year of high school, Abbey and Gwen continued to meet regularly, and after graduating in June, Abbey is studying Early Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Education at the University of Guelph-Humber.

For Abbey, the support of donors like the RBC Foundation has helped a great deal and made her more resilient. “All I can say is thank you,” she says. “Without the program, I don’t know where I would be. I’m sure you’re helping a lot of people, not just me.”

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“The most impactful, inspiring moment of my career.”

That’s how Dr. Ian Preyra, Chief of Staff at Joseph Brant Hospital describes playing a part in a world-first, alongside the team at Joseph Brant Hospital.

Mike Neill was a Burlington resident, a police officer in Peel region and an Ontario Hockey Association referee. Mike’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease and Mike knew there was a 50/50 chance he would be diagnosed as well. And at age 33, he found out he carried the gene.

Fifteen years later, Mike chose a medically assisted death at home, but thanks to an incredible partnership between healthcare organizations, he was able to become the first person in the world to have a medically assisted death at home and donate his organs.

After his death, Mike’s body was transported to Joseph Brant Hospital where a surgical team removed Neil’s lungs and prepared them for transport to Toronto General Hospital for transplant.

The Toronto Star shared Mike’s story and the incredible lengths that the teams from Joseph Brant Hospital, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ornge and Toronto General Hospital went to make this a reality.

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One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Pandemic

One year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, a moment that would change all of our lives. As we look back, it is difficult to measure the profound impact that COVID-19 has had on our daily lives – how we work, care for our patients, teach our children, and stay connected to friends and family.

It is a significant moment for all of us. The pandemic has touched every aspect of society and every demographic – from young families, business owners, and those living in shelters, to our elderly population separated from loved ones and living in long-term care homes or other congregate settings. The sacrifice and loss has been profound and devastating for many in our community and beyond.

COVID-19 also challenged and changed the way our healthcare system operates – breaking down barriers to take collective action. Over the past year, our staff and physicians, volunteers, and learners have adapted at an unprecedented pace to a rapidly changing environment. Each day brought new challenges, and together, new learnings and creative solutions developed that helped us to better respond to the pandemic and ensure that our patients received the best possible care. Our JBH teams rose to every challenge, from those providing direct patient care, to those working behind the scenes to ensure that JBH could continue to provide safe and quality care.

Over the past year, we have learned that heroism lies in how we respond to the daily struggles that we encounter. Our staff, physicians, volunteers and learners responded with an unrelenting determination to perform their best, pushing aside any thought of themselves to focus on the wellbeing of others. Your contributions in responding to this Pandemic have been nothing short of outstanding and we are very proud of each and every member of the JBH team.

This also holds true for our community, which has shown us overwhelming support. They Joined the J, through generous donations large or small, by placing “We Love Our Hospital” signs on lawns, enthusiastically participating in Friday porch claps, and local businesses offering discounts to say thanks to our healthcare workers, our community has truly shown their unwavering commitment to our hospital during these difficult times. We are grateful for that support and are stronger when we stand together.

We know that COVID-19 will continue to be a part of our lives, and that there may be difficult days ahead. But we have learned a great deal about ourselves and each other, and what we can accomplish when we work together to provide care to everyone who needs it in the moments when it matters most.

Sincerely,

Eric Vandewall – President and CEOJoseph Brant Hospital Anissa Hilborn – PresidentJoseph Brant Hospital FoundationDr. Ian Preyra – Chief of Staff Joseph Brant Hospital  

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JBHF Celebrates International Women’s Day

On March 8th, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation celebrated International Women’s Day with our 3rd annual Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Virtual Panel Discussion.  The dynamic discussion showcased opportunities and challenges unique to women and shined a light on the critical role of women’s leadership, participation and philanthropy.

To watch the discussion visit the link here.

Featured Speakers included: 
Emcee: Anissa Hilborn, President of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation
Words of Welcome: Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington
Moderator: Kim Parlee, Vice-President, TD Wealth and Host of MoneyTalk on BNN Bloomberg and CTV

Panelists

  • Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative
  • Leslie Motz, Executive Vice President, Clinical and Chief Nursing Executive at Joseph Brant Hospital
  • Shirley Thomas-Weir, Chief Executive Officer of Sharon Village Care Homes

Closing Remarks: Anna Iacobelli, Senior Vice-President, Metro West Region of TD Bank Group

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JBH Opens Regional Pandemic Response Unit

Joseph Brant Hospital’s Pandemic Response Unit (PRU) – the first of its kind built in Ontario – is open and ready to care for its first COVID-19 patients, as part of a strategy to respond to a heightened need for COVID-19 care and increasing pressure on hospital capacity across the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Norfolk, Brant and Burlington (HNHBB) region.

“The Pandemic Response Unit was built to ensure that should the need arise, we would have additional bed capacity available to care for COVID-19 patients – and that time is now,” says Eric Vandewall, President and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH).

This week, hospitals will begin identifying and working with patients who have progressed in their care and could receive care in the PRU, a state-of-the-art, all-season field hospital located on JBH grounds.

Click here for a look inside the PRU with Eric Vandewall and Dr. Ian Preyra

“The Pandemic Response Unit was built to care for COVID-19 patients whose condition has stabilized but require support that cannot be provided at home, such as oxygen therapy and medication, as well as ongoing monitoring of their symptoms and some personal support,” says Dr. Ian Preyra, Chief of Staff at Joseph Brant Hospital.

“Transitioning these individuals to the PRU allows them to complete their recovery in an inpatient unit that is specifically designed to provide the type of care they need.”

The healthcare teams working in the PRU comprise of physicians, nurses, patient care assistants, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, home and community care coordinators, and many others.

The PRU is a key component of a regional strategy developed by HNHBB hospitals to meet the rising demand for COVID-19 care during Wave 2, while helping to minimize potential disruptions to scheduled and community care. The strategy is being led by the HNHBB Hospital Incident Management Structure (IMS) team, which includes representation from all regional hospitals, including CEOs and clinical leadership.

Under the plan, the PRU serves as a regional resource that can receive patients from four hospitals that are providing acute COVID-19 care: Joseph Brant Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences (Hamilton General Hospital) and Niagara Health. Any transfers will be determined based on care needs and in consultation with patients and their families.

JBH’s Infection Prevention and Control team was closely involved in the design of the PRU, leveraging current research and best practices in the care of COVID-19 patients. Its features include a filtered, negative pressure ventilation system, allowing for treatments that may generate aerosols to be safely performed. It also has durable, easy-to-disinfect surfaces, as well as other features to provide a comfortable environment for patients, such as natural light, portable laptop tables and free WiFi to connect with their loved ones during their stay.

The 16,000-square foot structure was constructed in April 2020, after the Ontario government requested that hospitals implement capacity plans at their sites. It was built as a collaboration amongst Joseph Brant Hospital, community-based health care providers, the City of Burlington, and Halton Region.

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JBH’s PHAST Program Takes Home a Series of Awards

Joseph Brant Hospital’s PHAST program was awarded $30,000 for the Overall Challenge in the Priority Health Innovation Challenge held by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

The Overall Challenge asked teams to demonstrate overall how they contributed to improving access to care in mental health and addictions and home and community care.

The Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Transition (PHAST) program at Joseph Brant Hospital has won over $50,000 in awards through the challenge including:
 

  • Early Innovator Award (2019)
  • Mini-Challenge #1 (2019)
  • Mini Challenge #3 Project Charter (2020)
  • Impact Challenge (2020) 
  • Overall Challenge (2020) 

PHAST is an outpatient program that ensures immediate help is available to people ages 16 and up suffering a mental health or addiction crisis and to provide options for ongoing care outside a hospital setting. After stabilizing the patient, PHAST’s interdisciplinary team provides a warm, personal transfer to appropriate follow-up services through a network of community partners.

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Thank you for your support during COVID-19

We know we are stronger when we stand together. Thank you for standing with us in the moments that matter.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has tested our strength and our resilience in ways we could never have anticipated. It is unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime and will continue to shape our daily lives, including how healthcare is delivered.

Please see our COVID-19 Impact Report here.

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