Nearly thirty years ago, Dr. Bob Kemp realized the need for Hospice Palliative Care in the Greater Hamilton area. Facilities South of the border had left him impressed and excited by the services available to those at end of life and he wanted to be able to offer this support to his own patients and their families.
The early Hospice was held in the basement of the Church of the Redeemer and offered a Day Program once a week. In 1999, Dr. Bob and his wife, Mildred, donated their property on Wardrope Avenue, in Stoney Creek, and the Hospice found its first real home.
By 2002, the Hospice was able to offer services such as Day Program, a Volunteer Visiting Program and bereavement support programs for children and adults.
With all of this in place, the next goal became opening a Residential Hospice. Thanks to many generous donations and the tireless efforts of the members of our capital campaign, this goal came to fruition in July 2007.
The Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice is situated on two acres of land, donated by Iris Berryman.
At the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, their goal is to provide individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness excellence in care, whether that be at home, in hospital, a long-term care facility or their very own residential hospice. Hospice is about celebrating life and quality of living. All services, including their residential program, are provided at no cost to their clients or their families.
Hamilton General Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of Hamilton General Hospital, the Regional Rehabilitation Centre and their programs. The Foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.
Hamilton General Hospital Foundation supports specialized cardiac and vascular care, trauma and burn treatment, stroke and neurosciences, and rehabilitation programs. As a foundation, they are focused on enabling outstanding patient care through their goal of Health Care, Transformed.
Their Mission is to raise funds and manage donor gifts for the purpose of supporting outstanding clinical care and research for the communities served by Hamilton Health Sciences.
Their Vision is a community fully embracing the importance of health, while enabling excellence in philanthropy and the achievement of their goal of Health Care, Transformed.
Their Values are based on their beliefs that relationships and partnership are the basis of excellence in fundraising. Therefore they will: treat all donors, the Hospital and others with integrity, respect and appreciation; be accountable to their donors and the community; and encourage creativity and innovation in their activities.
Since 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has created programs that strengthen families during difficult times. RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. Core RMHC programs, that include Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, provide access to health care and enable family-centered care.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide families of sick children with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital. As well, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge, right inside hospitals. And through Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, they help to bring basic medical care to vulnerable communities. So families can stay together and kids can heal better.
RMHC has helped lessen the burden for more than 7 million families in 2015 alone.
Their network of local Chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families close and giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 63 countries and regions across the globe.
Over 70% of Canadian families live outside a city with a children’s hospital? So when a child gets sick, they often have to travel hours to get treatment. The 15 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada give families a place to stay close to the hospital where their child is being treated. And 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located in hospitals across the country give families a place to rest and relax just steps from their child’s bedside.
The last 10 years have opened up tremendous possibilities in children’s health. There have been huge advances in genetics, regenerative medicine, robotics, medical imaging, and information technology. The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has been part of them all.
As the largest pediatric academic health sciences centre in Canada, SickKids is so much more than a hospital. SickKids is a health-care community dedicated to improving the health of children. Their mission is to provide the best in family-centred, compassionate care, to lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in child health.
In support of their Vision, “Healthier Children. A Better World.” they’ve have built an exciting and bold strategic plan that will serve as renewed roadmap for their organization. It is through their strategic plan that they aim to lead in world-class quality, enable their people, innovate, maintain financial health, build sustainable infrastructure and enhance child health systems.
In 2015, SickKids celebrated its 140th birthday. That’s 140 years of fighting for children’s health. They’re winning by pushing the envelope of what’s possible in child health care, research and learning in Canada. Today, SickKids is thinking beyond the walls of the Hospital, and acting globally. Whether it’s training nurses in Ghana, improving cancer care for children in the Caribbean, or bringing children to The Hospital for Sick Children for procedures not available in their home country through the Herbie Fund, SickKids is realizing its vision – Healthier Children. A Better World.