St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation works with the Tampa Bay community to identify the areas of greatest need – and giving support has never been easier. We invite you to contribute in a way that is meaningful to you by designating your gift towards a specific project.
St. Joseph’s Hospitals always strive to provide the highest level of compassionate care during all stages of life. There is no greater time for that compassion than when a family experiences loss. Coping with the loss of a loved one and the resulting mix of emotions can be overwhelming. To help families during this time, St. Joseph’s provides a number of services that may help make the grieving process a little easier.
The St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital Labor and Delivery Team works together to knit and crochet newborn hats, not only to celebrate each new life, but also to honor a particular nurse who started the unique keepsake project. Paula MacDonald had a dream to give each bundle of joy a gift upon their arrival – a handmade hat. In 2016, when Paula passed, the Labor and Delivery Team wanted to honor her by carrying on the tradition, and it has since become known as “Paula’s Project.” The team works diligently, supported through donations from the community and the St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation, to provide each newborn with a special, handmade keepsake.
St. Joseph’s Hospitals provides a limited number of scholarships for team members who are interested in pursuing a health care career in an area of critical need such as RN, BSN, or Masters. It is our belief that in order to provide medical excellence and professional care to the patients, our team members should be provided with tools for education, research, and professional growth.
St. Joseph’s Hospitals is taking the next step in advancing patient care and family engagement by adopting the Precision Virtual Reality medical visualization platform by Surgical Theater. Utilization of VR offers an intuitive and immersive approach to surgical planning and patient engagement, allowing surgeons to walk with the patient inside a 360° model based on their own CT and MRI, demonstrating customized digital treatment plans for patients. This quantum technology will give patients and their families a better understanding of the surgical approach, and surgeons the ability to plan and prepare for complex surgeries in a way never before imagined.
The Child Life Program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital helps patients and their families adjust to hospital life and help make the hospital experience a more positive one. With the help of Child Life Specialists, we are able to provide support and advocacy for children and their families during critical moments facing traumatic injury, severe illnesses, and even end-of-life issues.