Staff, physicians, volunteers, family and friends rallied in support of this year’s Canadian Blood Services (CBS) hospital donor challenge – earning St. Joseph’s an impressive second place finish among 18 participating Ontario hospitals.
With 121 donations during April, May and June, up from 72 donations the previous year, St. Joseph’s was a top finisher for the fifth year in a row.
This annual challenge sees hospitals across Ontario go head-to-head to donate the most units of blood per capita (employee population) in the lead up to summer, when the demand for blood is high and donations tend to decrease.
According to CBS, an estimated 50 per cent of Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will at some point in their lives, yet less than four per cent of eligible donors sustain the blood system for all Canadians.
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO and staff at St. Joseph’s Health Care London accept a certificate of recognition from Kendall O'Neill, Event Coordinator at Canadian Blood Services. Many St. Joseph’s staff rallied their teams to make blood donations in support of this year’s Ontario Hospital Challenge.
“I am incredibly proud of all St. Joseph’s staff, physicians, volunteers, family and friends who rolled up their sleeves to make a difference in our community,” says St. Joseph’s President and CEO Dr. Gillian Kernaghan. “Being a Catholic health care organization, our partnership with CBS is yet another way of living our mission to minimize the effects of injury, disease and disability.”
The summer hospital challenge is an extension of CBS’ Partners for Life program – a nationwide program that engages corporate companies and community organizations in donating blood on a larger scale. As part of the program, St. Joseph’s sets an annual blood donation target for the organization and makes a lasting commitment to blood donation.
This year’s challenge saw many St. Joseph’s teams and individuals give blood, including staff from St. Joseph’s Neuro Trauma Rehabilitation, Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs.
“Prior to our involvement with a patient’s rehabilitation and recovery, many of our patients were involved in a trauma that required the resources of blood donations within acute care,” says Jennifer Hambleton, a rehabilitation therapist with the NeuroTrauma Rehabilitation Program who helped organize and encourage her team to donate blood. “What encouraged me was seeing the journey that my patients take and the thought that my small contribution – an hour of my time – could greatly impact the life of another.”