St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
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Christmas came early this year with over $120,000 in monetary donations and toys for the extraordinary children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. On Friday, July 27, 2018, Santa and his elves arrived for a day of excitement and holiday spirit, bringing joy and comfort to all. The day included event coverage by on-air personalities Jen Epstein and Walter Allen from Fox 13, Phoebe from Magic 94.9, and guest appearances from the Tampa Yankees, Chick-fil-A cows, Rocky D. Bull, and the Children’s Hospital’s own UnMonsters. It was an exciting day, and your donations will continue to keep up the spirits of St. Joe’s kids all year long!
To keep pediatric patients entertained and engaged, Child Life Specialists often involve children in various activities, including music and art therapy. To help their efforts, the Foundation produced an 8-page coloring book featuring the Hospital’s very own UnMonsters. While our doctors and nurses are busy taking care of patients, these coloring books help visits to the emergency room, clinics and doctors offices less stressful. The children have an opportunity to color all of their favorite characters, including Fretta, Tizzy, and Jitters. These friendly monsters remind kids and their parents that sometimes the things that scare us aren’t so bad after all.
Studies have shown that coloring helps reduce stress and promote relaxation by calming the part of the brain that engages our fear and stress response, focusing the mind on the present moment. Coloring books engage children’s creative and active enthusiasm, all while developing a child’s hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
These fun UnMonster coloring books came to fruition with inspiration by request through the Humanity Grants Program, a program where St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation invests in projects and ideas generated by team members that will bring care and comfort to patients and their families.
If you would like to sponsor a coloring book for St. Joe’s kids, click here.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels celebrates its 20th year in the fight against pediatric cancer research. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital was one of only 21 recipients of this year’s award, given to support outstanding pediatric oncology programs at select children’s hospitals nationwide. Tuesday, July 31, Dr. Mark Mogul, the medical director of pediatric hematology and oncology, accepted a $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award on behalf of the kids of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. With this latest grant, the hospital has received more than $1,000,000 in grants from Hope on Wheels and Suncoast Hyundai Dealers. The grant will help fund direct patient assistance, treatments, and supportive therapies for families in need.
“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” said Scott Fink, chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. “Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”
During the event, some of the children were able to participate in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes, and dreams.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is in the midst of a $75 million expansion that will double the hospital’s capacity and support additional services. But the new construction was not unexpected; in fact, the design of the facility accounted for this anticipated expansion.
Shelled space allowed for the build-out of four additional operating suites with an expected completion date in September. Meanwhile, the hospital will add two more patient care floors that will provide 54 more private patient rooms per floor. The additional beds will be allocated for 48 progressive care and 60 medical-surgical beds. This work is already underway with a completion date set for the first quarter of 2020, just in time for the hospital’s 10th anniversary.
In the hospital’s first seven years of operation, it has experienced a 61% increase. “The growth rate around us is higher than the state of Florida and the nation,” explained Sara Dodds, director, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North Operations. “We are regularly running at capacity. By adding the additional operating suites and patient rooms, we will be able to meet the community’s growing needs.”
A month before the birth of our first child, a time that’s supposed to be filled with all the joy and celebration bringing a new life, my wife was told to prepare for the end of mine, but the staff at St. Joseph’s gave me hope.
It started with flu-like symptoms and an exhaustion I couldn’t shake. But when my appetite virtually disappeared, I knew something was wrong, and my wife finally convinced me to visit the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Shortly after our arrival, I suffered a seizure and the doctors quickly determined I was septic. My organs began to shut down and my wife was told to prepare for the worst. Fortunately, the staff at St. Joseph’s never gave up on me. After ten days in an induced coma, I woke up mumbling about being the ultimate warrior. Little did I know, over the course of those ten days, one of my nurses would repeatedly tell me I was going to make it because I was a warrior. Her belief and commitment to my recovery was representative of every person responsible for my care. Even though I was a patient, I was treated more like a family member who was given no other choice than to survive.
I am appreciative of the expert, life-saving treatment I received during my time at St. Joseph’s Hospital, but I am more grateful for the compassion and concern they showed my wife during an unbelievably stressful time. So stressful, that a few days after I awoke from my coma, my wife needed to undergo an emergency C-section. Knowing how important it was for me to be there for the birth, St. Joseph’s found a way to make that happen. My son’s first memory of me may be dressed up in three layers of gowns and
masks, but I was there for his debut thanks to the expertise and kindness of the staff at St. Joseph’s. When a hospital recognizes the health of its patients goes beyond their physical well-being, that’s more than just great medical care – that’s humanity at work.