More Reasons Why Your Donation Matters Here...

You helped us see the big picture

elderly couple each holding two of their grandchildren

MRI is a powerful tool. It allows medical teams to identify injury, deterioration and disease so that patients get the right treatment. With your help, we will be able to upgrade our on-site technology to a 3T MRI, which is the best, most reliable imaging technology available. It will be a game-changer for patients receiving care in breast, orthopedic and prostate programs at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Your donation will help people like Brad – who was diagnosed with prostate cancer – have access to early detection and life-saving care.

You made Veterans feel young at heart

an elderly couple holding hands

On Valentine’s Day, Veterans at Parkwood Institute shined up their dancing shoes for a seniors prom. The special event was complete with corsages for the ladies, a photo booth, live band, ballroom dancing demonstrations and the gift of feeling young at heart. With your support, 100-year-old Veteran Bill Thomson was able to ask Iris (his wife of 76 years) – who also bravely served in WWII – to attend their first prom.

We remembered Richard Ivey's mark on London

Elderly couple holds up a thank you sign given to them by three children

Richard M. Ivey (1925-2019) was known for many things, but it was his compassion and strong community values that left the greatest mark on London. Because of the Ivey family, St. Joseph’s has been able to advance health care across numerous programs over many years. They changed the face of medicine in Canada by establishing The Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery (the largest and only endowed chair of its kind) and supported the Beryl and Richard Ivey Rheumatology Day Program. Mr. Ivey was the first chairman of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors from 1969 to 1971. His legacy, and that of his beloved wife, Beryl, will long be remembered at St. Joseph’s and across many other organizations, for generations to come.

Read the full story about Mr. Ivey's passing.

You helped enhance our operating rooms at St. Joseph's Hospital

people wearing scrubs in the operating room

Each year, thousands of people rely on St. Joseph’s for same-day and short-stay surgeries. After 13 years of continual use, it was time to upgrade our operating rooms. The equipment – lighting (to light the surgical field), video systems (to help with teaching) and other improvements were needed to ensure the best surgical experience and outcomes for patients. With your support, the operating rooms will continue to be leading-edge in order to provide the highest standard of surgical services in London while teaching the next generation of surgeons.

Did you know? 

St. Joseph’s has 11 operating rooms that provide nearly 25,000 short stay surgical treatments for breast, urology, lithotripsy (disintegrating kidney stones), ophthalmology, orthopedic, otolaryngology (head and neck), plastic and gynecology.

You reminded us that age does not matter

a small girl holds up a large cheque

No matter your age or ability to give, your support makes a difference to patient care and research. Take 7-year-old Emily Dodds, who saved her weekly allowance to donate to diabetes research at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Her gift was inspired by her Nana who lives with Type 2 diabetes. Because of Emily’s gift, medical researchers are on their way to improving care.

You allowed us to dream big – at the bedside and in the lab

Dr. Mike Kovacs using the Cyclotron

Some of the brightest minds from around the world work at Lawson Health Research Institute, St. Joseph’s research arm. To be able to do what they do – uncover the origin of disease, create innovative therapies and develop new medical technology – needs support from donors.

For example, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Cyclotron & PET Radiochemistry Facility produces radioisotopes that are used in research and clinical care. These “tracers” tell the care team a lot about the disease they’re dealing with when viewed by powerful diagnostic tools. Whether it’s an early-stage diagnosis of breast cancer or providing the right treatment for heart disease, the Cyclotron/PET technology is improving the future of health care. With your support, the facility is able to increase production and expand life-saving care across our region.

At Parkwood Institute, clinical researchers are exploring internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT). This form of therapy empowers people to manage their mental health. With your support, Dr. Swati Mehta is able to pilot a website that connects patients experiencing psychological symptoms related to their traumatic injury or chronic pain to iCBT.

In The MacDonald/Franklin Operational Stress Injury Research Centre, Dr. Don Richardson is able to investigate the use of iCBT for members of the Canadian Armed Forces experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

With your support, researchers are able to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow – unlocking new knowledge to improve care and help people live life to the fullest.