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HDSnet December 2019

HEALTHY HABIT BINGO WINNERS

The Fall 2019 bingo winners are:

  • Katie Brady – Taylor-Made backpack
  • Kristen Dickhout – Kitchen Stuff vegetable spiralizer
  • Linda Ferraro – $25 Subway gift card
  • Bruna Santagata – Novel "Dreaming Big and Being Bold"
  • Daniel DeBruyne – Hakim Optical hat and Bike Fit water bottle

       (See HealthyHabitsBingoFlyer-Fall2019.pdf for details)

Thank you to everyone who participated!  Watch for our spring challenge!

HDS FOUNDATION'S CHRISTMAS RAFFLE WINNERS

 And the winners are...

  • $500 Via Rail and Luggage:  Jane Brandon
  • $500 Gales Gas Card:  Jackie Emilson
  • 32GB iPad with WIFI:  Carrie Farr
  • Wendel Clark Signed Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey:  Jim Vdz
  • $200 Car Detailing Package and CAA 1 Year Membership:  Rosalie MacPherson
  • $100 Keg Gift Card and 2 tickets to the Ice Dogs:  Don Sewell
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated to support the Snowflakes & Angels Christmas Campaign.

MEMORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VALCOFF, Jean (nee Stefanchuk) passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Hotel Dieu Shaver at the age of 79. Beloved wife of the late Victor (2009). Cherished mom to Lorna (Zoran) Zilic and Victor (Louise). Loving Baba to Samantha, Vanessa, Anthony and Super Baba to Michael. She will also be missed by her siblings-in-law many nieces, nephews and extended family members. The family would like to thank all the staff and nurses at Hotel Dieu Shaver for their care and compassion. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME , 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines, on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the memorial service to follow in the funeral home at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hotel Dieu Shaver or the March of Dimes. On-Line Guest Book - www.georgedartefuneralhome.com

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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS - UPDATED DEC. 19

'Tis the season to enjoy time away from work and spend it with family and friends. 

The holiday hours of various HDS departments are outlined in this document: ChristmasHolidaySched2019Revised.pdf

Thanks to Shirley Cohen for compiling the list!

HDS TO RECEIVE OVER $1.15 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE 

December 18: This morning at Niagara Health’s St. Catharines site, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced a government investment of $175 million to help hospitals across Ontario maintain infrastructure to ensure safe and comfortable environments for patients, their families, medical professionals and administrators.

This afternoon MPP Sam Oosterhoff of the Niagara West riding visited HDS to announce that we will receive over $1.15 million of that funding envelope – $1,154,712 to be exact.

MPP Oosterhoff said, “These investments will help ensure that patients receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting.  Seemingly small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators can make the world of difference to a patient’s experience [and those who work in the hospital].  This funding will help ensure that hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades and improvements so patients and families have access to the reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”

Lynne Pay, Interim CEO thanked MPP Oosterhoff stating, “We are heartened by this government’s recognition of the integral role rehabilitation serves in reducing hallway medicine – helping to keep our Niagara residents out of emergency departments or long term care and returning them to the highest quality of life possible. This funding will go a long way in helping our staff and physicians continue to do the important work that is needed by so many.”

Thanks to all staff who turned out for the event. We're glad you could share in the applause for this significant investment.

CARPENTRY SHOP CHARCUTERIE/CUTTING BOARDS FOR SALE - DEC. 19

There's still time to get one of these beautifully crafted charcuterie boards for Christmas.

The Carpentry Shop will be selling them in the lobby of the InPatient Building on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 1-3 p.m.

All proceeds are reinvested back in the hospital so it's a great way to give in many ways.

GIFT SHOP BLOWOUT SALE

Blowout Sale! 50-75% off!

Storewide, select items, prices as marked.

Get 'em while they last.

UPDATE ON SANTA'S VISIT THIS FRIDAY (TIME CHANGE)

Same day, different time.

Santa, his elf, and the firefighters have changed the time they will be making their rounds. They will now be visiting patients from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, December 20.

INTERNATIONAL DYSPHAGIA DIET STANDARDIZATION INITIATIVE (IDDSI) COMING TO HDS 

IDDSI is a global initiative to improve the lives of people worldwide living with dysphagia. Soon the framework will be implemented at HDS.

For more information, read the poster hereIDDSIPosterforHDS.pdf

REMINDER ABOUT STAFF PIZZA LUNCH THIS FRIDAY

Just a friendly reminder to join coworkers for pizza in the Lou Cahill Meeting Room (A/B) on Friday, December 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Remember to wear those ugly (or not) Christmas sweaters!

View the invitation and the 12ComplimentsofChristmas2019.pdf

See you there!

DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY CARE DONATIONS

Thank you to everyone who contributed food, toys and clothing to the Community Care bins we had on site. They were packed full.

Community Care CEO (and HDS Board member) Betty-Lou Sauter was very pleased with the donations that we delivered personally to her. #WeAreHDS

THE CLUB AT WHITE OAKS 10-WEEK CHALLENGE

With HR approval, The Club at White Oaks has issued HDS a 10-Week Challenge starting January 20, 2020. 

The 10 Week Challenge is a full scope fitness plan. Their new “individual only” format is designed to help participants achieve their goals. Their fitness team outlines a number of benefits: reduced stress, increased brain power, better sleep, better health, better shape, and more.

And while participants join the challenge as an individual, they quickly feel part of a team working with their trainers and the other challengers.

The Club is also encouraging us to create a challenge within the challenge at HDS  for all who join the 10-Week Challenge. Competition is a great motivator!

Challenge results are based on participation (club visits, special class participation, video views) and program outcomes (weight loss, inches lost, cardio improvement). The top male and female challenge winners will receive a one year membership to The Club at White Oaks!

Early birds who sign up before December 31 will receive a White Oaks gym bag!! Further information may be found here: ClubChallenge.pdf

MEMORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VALCOFF, Jean (nee Stefanchuk) passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Hotel Dieu Shaver at the age of 79. Beloved wife of the late Victor (2009). Cherished mom to Lorna (Zoran) Zilic and Victor (Louise). Loving Baba to Samantha, Vanessa, Anthony and Super Baba to Michael. She will also be missed by her siblings-in-law many nieces, nephews and extended family members. The family would like to thank all the Staff and Nurses at Hotel Dieu Shaver for their care and compassion. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME , 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines, on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the memorial service to follow in the funeral home at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hotel Dieu Shaver or the March of Dimes. On-Line Guest Book - www.georgedartefuneralhome.com


EDMONDSTONE, Ingrid (nee Kennedy) After a beautiful and fulfilling life, Ingrid passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2019 just shy of her 91st birthday. She leaves behind her loving husband of over 65 years, Harry, her five wonderful children Alec (Jo-Anne), John, Peter (Shufen), Paul (Cathy) and Mary Ann (Stan), seven grandchildren whom she cherished, Neill (Victoria), Christopher, Jorden, Liam, Joshua, Colin (Alie) and Kylie, her brother Garry (Cathy), and brother-in-law, John Dewar. She is predeceased by her parents John and Charlotte Kennedy, brother Barry (Carolyn) and sister Anne Marie Dewar. Never one to spend time with both arms the same length, she lovingly sewed and knit for her own children, and later for others by donating hand knit baby blankets to charity. Ingrid taught, then volunteered at the Niagara Children's Centre for 50 years and was an active member of the May Court Club. A love of travel took her on many spectacular trips. In more recent years, she loved spending time on "her perch" overlooking her beautiful garden, reading and watching her birds. She will be dearly missed by her loving nieces, nephews, and many friends, especially those from her bridge clubs with whom she spent many enjoyable afternoons. Ingrid's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Hotel Dieu-Shaver for their care and compassion. A special thank you to everyone who visited during her time there. In accordance with Ingrid's wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME , 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Transfiguration, 320 Glenridge Ave, St. Catharines on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. Inurnment will follow the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Niagara Children's Centre or the Church of the Transfiguration in Ingrid's honour. On-Line Guest Book - www.georgedartefuneralhome.com
 

THURSTON, James Alfred passed away peacefully Thursday morning on December 5, 2019, at Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital in his 79th year after a long courageous battle with cancer. Loving husband to Sharon (nee Lymburner) for 54 years. Father to Robert (Vicky), grandfather to Lindsey, David, Carley and Matthew. He is predeceased by his daughter Sarah and will be missed by many family and friends. Jim worked at General Motors for 37 years and retired in 1999. He was an avid railroad enthusiast and enjoyed watching dirt car racing. In his retirement, he enjoyed working at the Niagara Central Hobby Shop on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines for 10 years. Jim loved his dogs but his true passion was spending time with his grandchildren while watching them (Carley and Matt) play hockey or any other sports. Internment will be at Victoria Lawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019. Afterwards, the family will be hosting a celebration of life at the Loyal Order of Moose from 2-4 p.m., 92 Permilla Street, St. Catharines. Thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Hotel Dieu Shaver; as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation.

BROOKS, Geoffrey Francis (1929-2019) On Monday, December 16, 2019, Geoffrey Francis Brooks, beloved husband father, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully age 90 at the Welland General Hospital. He is survived by his wife Judy Brooks (Nee Johnston, M. 1976), three daughters; Laura Brooks (Alex Woda) and Kathleen Close (Ron), both of Toronto, and Alison Brooks (Charles Walker) of London U.K.; stepson Jim Kushnir (Stacey Kushnir); grandchildren Fraser and Graeme Close of Toronto, Dylan and Declan Walker of London U.K., Clara Kushnir of Fonthill and two great grandchildren Isla and Avery Close. Geoffrey was predeceased by his brother David Allan Shaw Brooks (D. 1983) and his sister Mary Eleanor Woolley (D. 2008), both of Toronto. Geoffrey was born on November 11 1929 in Welland, Ontario to Allan Lewis Gillespie Brooks Q.C. and Elsie Morrison Shaw. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope and then Trinity College at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1951. He studied Law at Osgoode Law School, was called to the Bar in 1955 and appointed QC in 1967. Formerly Senior Partner in Brooks, MacFarlane, Bielby and Smith of Welland (now Lancaster Brooks & Welch) he was a member of the Canadian Bar Association; Member and Past President (1968) Welland County Bar Association; Member and Past President of the Welland City Bar Association. He served as Solicitor for the Town of Pelham and was Commissioner for the Welland Airport. He was Member and Past President (1965) of the Lookout Point Golf and Country Club, Fonthill; Member and Past President Big Point Club; Member of the Albany Club, Toronto and the Welland Club. Since 1987 he was a Member and resident of the Audubon Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida. Geoffrey learned self-sufficiency at boarding school after losing his mother to leukaemia in 1937. Too young to follow his older brother into the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm he developed a lifelong passion for flying. This was fulfilled by nearly 50 years of soaring in his beloved turquoise-striped Cessna 180 seaplane. A voracious reader, Geoff developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the two World Wars. He passed this deep interest in history to his children. Geoff was also blessed with a mechanical mind and was in his element in the toolshed. Happily zipped into his trademark blue coveralls he would endlessly fix pumps, chainsaws, boats and motors during summers at his Georgian Bay retreat. An early adopter of the current recycling movement, his attitude was always 'Save everything, and keep fixing it'! We'll all miss Geoff's wry wit and capacity to charm in the most unlikely situations. He recently greeted a nurse with a smooth "I've been missing you" as she returned from her rounds. Judy Brooks and the family would like to express their sincere appreciation to friends and neighbours at Lake Erie and Fonthill; the Dunnville, Welland, St. Catharines and Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospitals; Dr. Lee at The Walker Cancer Clinic, The Community Palliative Paramedic Team, LHIN and the Visiting Angels who cared for Geoff at home in his final days. A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday December 18th at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, 1292 Pelham St, Fonthill Ontario between 12 and 2 p.m., followed by a private family burial. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be shared at www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca

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RETIREMENT TEA FOR FRANK PENNACCHIO

Please join us for very best wishes for Frank in Maintenance.

When:      Thursday, December 12
Time:        1:30 - 3 p.m.
Location:  Lou Cahill Boardroom A/B

View the poster hereRetirementTeaFrankPennacchioDec122019.pdf

GIFT SHOP BLOW OUT SALE - THURSDAY, DEC. 12

The Gift Shop will have some select items in the lobby of the InPatient Building from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 12.

Apparently the deals are so good that you'll have to show up to find out what they are!

CHRISTMAS SALES IN THE INPATIENT BUILDING LOBBY - DEC. 16-20

Great holiday gift ideas:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Linda from “It Is What It Is” will be selling gift sets for children and adults.
  • Date TBA (stay tuned) from 1-3 p.m. on the selected day – Watch for the HDS Carpentry Shop as they once again sell beautiful patient-made charcuterie boards.

REMINDER TO FILL COMMUNITY CARE BINS

Last call for donations is Monday, December 16th by 11 a.m.

Accepting coats, toys and non-perishable food items. Give generously to show what the HDS Spirit is all about! 

On December 16, we will deliver the bins to Community Care to show how much HDS cares.

UGLY (OR NOT) CHRISTMAS SWEATER WEEK

From Monday, Dec. 16 to Friday, Dec. 20, don your ugly (or not) Christmas apparel.

Dig out those sweaters that you can't wait to wear -- whether they're tacky sweaters from nice (or not so nice) friends and relatives or gorgeous garb you can't wait to show off. 

FIREFIGHTERS AND SANTA TO VISIT PATIENTS

St. Catharines Firefighters and Santa will be visiting patients on Friday, Dec. 20 from 1-3 p.m.

Our own Matty Hill from Rec Therapy will be dressing as Santa and handing out gifts. He'll need a lot of padding for that suit! 

ANNUAL STAFF CHRISTMAS PIZZA LUNCH - DEC. 20

Once again, we're pleased to announce the annual Staff Christmas Pizza Lunch.

Join your coworkers for pizza in the Lou Cahill Meeting Room (A/B) on Friday, December 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and show off those seasonal sweaters too!

View the invitation and the 12ComplimentsofChristmas2019.pdf

See you there!

HDS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SHOE BOX PROJECT FOR SHELTERS

SIxteen staff contributed to the Shoe Box Project for Shelters project, providing 16 boxes of luxury, 'pampering' items for women in various shelters across St. Catharines. Each box ranged from $50-$100 worth of items, which are sure to add an extra sparkle this Christmas. 

Once again, thanks go to Lisa Sauriol for organizing this commendable charitable initiative. 

HDS MANAGEMENT ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES FOR COMMUNITY CARE

On Friday, Dec. 6, our interim CEO, Chief of Staff and some of our directors and managers joined forces to sort and box over 6,300 pounds of non-perishable food. They got a great work out for a great cause by emptying countless cartloads of cans, boxes and packaged goods and reorganizing them into boxes to help get the right bundles of food to those in need.

 

A GENTLER WAY TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR YOUTH - MATTY HILL

Matthew (Matty) Hill doesn't just play Santa. He also plays and organizes touch football, which is much gentler than tackle football and greatly reduces injuries.

Matty began playing the sport at 10 years of age and started coaching at 17. In his years as a coach, he was able to bring home a world championship, three national championships and five provincial championships. All these accomplishments take a backseat to the life-long relationships he's built through the sport and watching players that he's coached move on to higher levels of football, including current CFL players.

Bringing it to Niagara...

Flag football is something that Matty is truly passionate about and it's a great opportunity for kids to focus on developing their skills, getting physical activity, meeting new friends and most of all, having fun!

As a coach, Matty offers a spring flag football league (non-contact) for kids from 5 to 16 years old. In its second year, Matty and his team keep registration costs down to make the sport inclusive for all boys and girls. It runs from Kiwanis field in St. Catharines and Youngs Sportsplex in Welland.

Check out www.niagarayouthflagfootball.com for more information. Keep up the great work, Matty!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. KHAN - PEARL GLOVES FUNDRAISER

Congratulations to Dr. Khan on his big win at Pearl Gloves Charity Boxing Event on Friday night at White Oaks Resort! 

This year Pearl Gloves raised over $200,000 in support of Niagara’s fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Dr. Khan's dedication and commitment to this event played a vital role in the success of this year’s fundraising.

Thank you! #WeAreHDS

GNCC HOLIDAY SOCIAL HOSTED BY HDS

HDS management and other representatives will be hosting the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce's (GNCC's) Holiday Social on Tuesday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Courtyard. If you'd like to mix and mingle with other GNCC members, bring your business cards and share in the merriment: BusinessAfter5HolidaySocial.pdf

EXTENSION FOR DONATIONS TO THE SHOE BOX PROJECT FOR SHELTERS

There's still time to donate! Decorated/gift-wrapped shoe boxes may be delivered to Lisa Sauriol’s office until this Friday, Dec. 6. At the end of the box collection, there will be an opportunity for a group photo of all the shoe box gift givers. 

Shoe boxes are to be filled with items to pamper women who may not be able to afford items beyond the basics, empowering them and showing they are worthy of life's little luxuries. Ideally, the contents of each box should be worth approximately $50.

If you scroll down to the information from November 13, further details are outlined there.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLING - INPATIENT LOBBY

Sing along Tuesday, Dec. 3, as part of the annual Christmas carolling tradition. Join the carolers in the InPatient Building lobby from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided as part of the festivities.

CHRISTMAS SALES IN LOBBY OF INPATIENT BUILDING

Get your Christmas shopping done early! Vendor sales in the InPatient Building lobby this week:

  • Wednesday, December 4th – “It Is What It Is” offers adult and children's gifts and accessories, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Thursday, December 5th – Norwex will be selling products, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, December 6th – HDS Carpentry Shop will be selling their FAMOUS charcutiere boards, 1– 3 p.m.

MEMORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

LONGO, Dr. Thomas Nicholos passed peacefully on November 28, 2019 in his 90th year. Dr. Longo graduated in 1955 from the University of Toronto (St. Michael's College) and practiced family medicine in the City of Thorold for more than 50 years. He will be fondly remembered and respected for his patience, compassion, and bedside manner. Beloved husband of Margery (Coleman) for 64 years. Dear father to nine children: Jim (Janis Ellis), Janice (John Kingston), John (Krista), Mary Theresa (John Sipple), Anthony (Stacey), Joseph (Michele), Susan (Kim Milburn), Justin (Julie), and Elizabeth. Proud papa to Tyler, Amanda, Julia, Lauryn, Jack, Tom, and Claire. Brother of Ann Marie (Harold Gallagher) and the late Bill Longo (Liz). Uncle Tom will be missed by several nieces and nephews. He lived a wonderful life, "full of wonder". Friends to the Longo family will be received at BOCCHINFUSO FUNERAL HOME, 2 Regent Street, Thorold on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 7-9 p.m., Sunday December 1, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Vigil Prayers recited at 3:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY CHURCH, 21 Queen Street South, Thorold on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be held privately at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Christian Horizons, St. Catharines, or to the Holy Rosary Building Fund. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. D. Ralph, the personal support workers, the nursing staff at Hotel Dieu Shaver, cousins Anne Atkinson and Celia Shepherd, and Sister Louise Dillon for their care and compassion shown to Tom and his family. To leave online condolences, visit thomaslongo.rdiv.com. Online condolences may be left at www.bocchinfusofh.com

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