St. Joseph’s wins Ontario hospital blood drive

Oct. 11, 2016

Twenty-nine hospitals took part in Canadian Blood Services’ summer Hospital Challenge 

Staff, physicians, volunteers, family and friends helped earn St. Joseph Health Care London (St. Joseph’s) first place in Canadian Blood Service’s (CBS) Hospital challenge. With 84 donations during June, July and August, St. Joseph’s came out on top among 29 Ontario hospitals in donations per capita (hospital employee population). 

The 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. 

“When organizations like St. Joseph’s participate in this challenge, they boost collections when we need blood the most,” says Michael Betel, Director of Donor Relations (Ontario), Canadian Blood Services. “Canadian Blood Services congratulates St. Joseph’s and appreciates the organization’s vital role in increasing blood donations during the summer months.”

As a Partners for Life member, St. Joseph’s sets an annual blood donation target for the organization, plays an important role in increasing awareness of the need for blood, and rallies to make a strong and lasting commitment to blood donation. 

“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,” says St. Joseph’s President and CEO Dr. Gillian Kernaghan. “This is the second year for the Hospital Challenge at St. Joseph’s and I’m most proud that our staff, physicians, volunteers, family and friends stepped to up to the plate, and rolled up their sleeves in support of our community.” 

Media are invited to view the presentation of the ‘Stanley Cup’ of blood donation:

When: Tuesday, October 11 at 12:30 pm

Where: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Main Lobby


For more information:
Courtney Morgan, Communication & Public Affairs 
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
(519) 646-6100 ext. 65115 

For more information about Canadian Blood Services: 
Tel: 1 877 709 7773

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. For more information, visit    

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.


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