Because saving lives is in our blood

For Janet Tozer and Julie Gagliardi, the timing to become blood donors for the first time in a long time was perfect. Not only would they help launch Partners for Life Program at St. Joseph’s, they would honour a colleague struggling with cancer.

And so they rolled up their sleeves and became St. Joseph’s first registrants in Partners for Life. As a member of this Canadian Blood Services program, St. Joseph’s demonstrates a commitment to saving lives by setting an annual target for blood donation (blood units) and encouraging staff, volunteers and physicians to help us reach that target. For 2012 the goal is 50 units. One blood donation equals one unit of blood.

Janet, secretary, Rehabilitation Program at Parkwood Hospital, and Julie, Coordinator, Rehabilitation, were a fearless duo on March 27 at the Partners for Life launch, which took place at Canadian Blood Services.

St. Joseph's staff donate blood at the Partners for Life launch event
view the photo gallery of the Partners for Life launch

“I used to give blood on a regular basis years ago as I have a very rare blood type and wanted there to be blood for people with the same,” says Janet. “I don't know why I stopped so was more than happy to start giving again. As well, our team member is receiving blood transfusions due to an illness and I wanted to give back.”

"The staff at the blood donor clinic were very friendly and explained everything they were doing," adds Janet. “It was a good experience.”

Janet and Julie were joined by Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, St. Joseph’s President and CEO, and Michelle Campbell, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation President and CEO, who was a first time donor.

“I had been meaning to give so I thought why not now,” said Michelle, who already has her next appointment booked.

While blood products are most heavily used by programs such as trauma care at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), the journey of care often brings the survivors to Parkwood Hospital where the acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and amputee rehabilitation programs provide intensive therapies that allows these individuals to reach their full potential and resume life.

“Partners for Life is yet another way for St. Joseph’s to live our mission to minimize the effects of injury, disease and disability and build partnerships that create a better health care system,” says Gillian “Together, LHSC and St. Joseph’s give life and help to put the living back into life. Working with Canadian Blood Services extends our reach and is an excellent opportunity to be part of and give back to our community.”

Photos of St. Joseph's staff giving the gift of life

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