St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
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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.
Thanks to a grant from St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Foundation’s Philanthropic Women members, our hospitals have added new tools to its team to proactively reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. Two new decontamination robots arriving soon at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital will use ultraviolet radiation to kill up to 99.9 percent of harmful germs and pathogens that may linger on surfaces after routine disinfection. These two units will be added to an arsenal of 5 other units at St. Joseph’s Hospital and deployed primarily in isolation rooms and surgical areas.
The disinfecting robot works by generating ultraviolet (UV) light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell. After a hospital team member cleans a patient room using traditional methods, the remotely-operated unit is rolled in to complete the process. The device’s patented technology calculates the amount of UV light energy needed to disinfect the entire room while taking into account variables such as size, shape, and contents to deliver the precise, lethal dose of UVC needed.
A clinical trial funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that using the Tru-D SmartUVC robot to clean patient hospital rooms reduced the risk of infections due to antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as C. diff and VRE by 30 percent. This advanced germ-fighting technology is just one way St. Joseph’s Hospitals are raising the bar when it comes to the level of care provided to patients.
Pediatric patients were able to switch roles with their caregivers for the annual “Doctor for a Day” event, in which they treat pretend illnesses and broken bones on their patients – their own doctors and nurses. “Patients” were able to receive treatment on gurneys positioned in the Children’s Hospital’s lobby, which transformed into a waiting room and clinical area for the afternoon. Young doctors even had the opportunity to give “shots” with needle-less syringes.
Every year, Child Life specialists at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital coordinate the annual “Doctor for a Day” activity to celebrate national Child Life Month in March. By allowing patients to play the part of the doctor, they may be less anxious about the procedures that may be performed on them during their stay at the hospital. “Doctor for a Day helps empower our patients and provide a sense of control as they get to be the medical provider,” said Hadley Trull, Child Life Supervisor of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “Often, choices and control are taken away during an inpatient or outpatient experience, and allowing children to play through difficult situations can be more than powerful.”