St. Joseph’s president and CEO, Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, to take the plunge

Nov. 03, 2016

Spirit is alive and well among staff and physicians at St. Joseph’s Health Care London where multiple leaders, including president and CEO, Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, will sit atop a dunk tank throne on November 4, in support of the health and well-being of our community.

This past fall, St. Joseph’s entered into its ninth year of their annual employee giving campaign called Share the Spirit. Share the Spirit is designed to engage staff and physicians each year with an opportunity to become a donor to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, the United Way London & Middlesex, or both. Together, the work of these two organizations affects the lives of countless people, including many patients who live within our community.

This year, a fun twist was added to encourage staff to give to the campaign- leaders took up the cause by challenging their teams to increase their participation rate, and chose a reward for achieving a set goal. Many leaders chose the dunk tank as that reward, including Dr. Kernaghan who promised to be dunked if the 2016 campaign’s corporate targets were met: 100 new payroll donors and 50 existing donors increasing their payroll donation.

The response from staff and physicians was terrific; St. Joseph’s not only met its corporate targets for this year’s campaign, they exceeded them. As of Nov 2, 109 staff and physicians joined as new payroll donors to the campaign, and 55 existing Share the Spirit donors increased their payroll donation.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be taking the plunge because it means we achieved our goals,” says Dr. Kernaghan. ”This annual campaign is one way in which we encourage our staff to actively pursue our mission: to advocate and care for those who are vulnerable and without a voice. It has been wonderful to see staff, leaders and physicians across all St. Joseph’s sites and programs get involved to support the well-being of our community."

Karima Velji, vice president of patient care and quality at St. Joseph’s and executive sponsor of the Share the Spirit Campaign, is also United Way’s 2016 campaign chair. “As campaign chair I’ve had the opportunity to see just how impactful the programs and services offered through United Way London-Middlesex are to the people of this city who rely on them,” remarked Velji. “I am so proud of the staff and physicians of St. Joseph’s who brought their energy, passion and generosity to this year’s campaign.”

Michelle Campbell, president, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, is also grateful to all who participated in the employee giving campaign. “Monies raised for the foundation through Share the Spirit will assist in supporting the highest priority care needs essential to the lives of patients and residents across St. Joseph’s,“ says Campbell.

Final numbers in terms of total dollars raised for St. Joseph’s Foundation and United Way are still being tallied and will be calculated after the campaign wraps up.

What: St. Joseph’s President & CEO, Dr. Gillian Kernaghan in the Share the Spirit dunk tank When: Friday November 4, 2016, from 12:15 – 12:45 pm Where: Parkwood Institute, 550 Wellington Rd, London, ON *The dunk tank will be set-up on the East Side of the Mental Health Care Building, close to the entrance of the Western Counties Wing.

Media are invited to attend for photo, video and interview opportunities with Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, Karima Velji and Michelle Campbell, between 12:15 and 12:45 pm. Dr. Kernaghan will be in the dunk tank at 12:40 pm.


For more information:
Renee Sweeney, Communication Consultant
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
519.646.6100 ext. 47788 (Pager 16153)
About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care.

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