Thank a Physician, Caregiver, Staff Member or Volunteer. Support Vital Health Care.

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Staff members and health care teams are #VITAL2HHS. Every day they go above and beyond to make a real difference in patients’ lives. Show your gratitude by making a donation in their honour today.

Making a tribute gift is the perfect way to thank a Hamilton Health Sciences physician or staff member who was vital to the care of you or someone you loved.

Honour any hospital staff member or a specific health care team, and they will be informed of your gift and receive a special commemorative lapel pin. If you include a personal message, they will receive it with their pin.

You can honour as many staff or teams as you like. However, each donation and thank you message must be made separately in order for each staff member to receive their lapel pin.

The value of your gift will not be shared.

To make your donation, please fill out the form below or call 905-522-3863 or email donations@hamiltonhealth.ca.

Honouree Gallery

These outstanding staff members were vital at Hamilton Health Sciences.

December 2020 Honourees

Dr. Dina Khalaf

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for the great care you gave Teresa.” – Rod E.


Staff of C3 Oncology

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Laurie Elit

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“With thanks and apprecaition to Dr. Laura Elit.” – Rose Marie I.


Dr. Louise Bordeleau

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Ramesh Zacharias

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thanks to your dedication Dr. Zacharias, I am able to have a life. The self-help program was masterful in all aspects of life. My pain control coping skills are a learning experience daily. But I no longer fear pain, I live and cope with it. Thanks so much.” – H. Dianne D.


Staff of Ward 3B2

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for the care you gave Claire and our family.  All the best for the New Year.” – The Brinson Family


Staff of 3F Clinic

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for all you have done for our daughter and our family.  Best wishes for the New Year.” – The Brinson Family


Dr. Koon Teo

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Adel Dyub

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Stephen Kelly

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank You.” – Tim B.


Staff of McMaster Children’s Hospital

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Our son, Cristian DeGiuli, was a patient at McMaster Children’s Hospital from May-Sept 2020.  The staff, nurses, doctors were amazing and provided excellent care.  We are very grateful for your support!” – Sincerely, The DeGiuli Family


Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Nicholas Leyland

McMaster University Medical Centre


Dr. Matt Denkers

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for fixing my leg.” – Barbara D.


Dr. Dave Lysecki

McMaster Children’s Hospital

From Percy, Read and Burgess Families


Dr. C. Hamielec 

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for saving my life.” – Barbara D.


Dr. Dale Williams

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“This donation is in honour of Dr. Dale Williams and the entire team in Day Surgery at the Juravinski Hospital that did the surgery on my knee.  What a wonderful group of professionals!  Thanks for all you did for me!” – Terry M.


Neurosurgery, Infectious Disease, ENT, Thrombosis and the ER teams

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“With much appreciation for the care and kindness from Neurosurgery, Infectious Disease, ENT, Thrombosis and the ER teams.” – The Bureau Family


Staff of Surgical Team

Hamilton General Hospital

“I would like to thank the Surgical Team and the 6 West Care Team for your excellent care when I fell and broke my back.  In addition, a special thank you for your help to celebrate my 95th birthday in hospital.  I had a wonderful time.” – William D.


Staff of 6 West

Hamilton General Hospital

“I would like to thank the Surgical Team and the 6 West Care Team for your excellent care when I fell and broke my back.  In addition, a special thank you for your help to celebrate my 95th birthday in hospital.  I had a wonderful time.” – William D.


Staff of NICU

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you all for your amazing care of our Ethan.” – Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M.


Dr. Olufemi Ajani

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Brian van Adel

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Mark Walton

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Forever grateful for the care you provided our daughter. Thank you!” – Adam C.


Staff of 7 West Step Down Clinic

Hamilton General Hospital

“On behalf of my son Karl, we want to thank Dr.Kasper and his team AND also the nurses and the staff at 7 West Stepdown . It was a very challenging experience for us, but WE KNOW more challenging for hospital staff working at the height of a pandemic.” – Yip Family


Dr. Ekkehard Kasper

Hamilton General Hospital

“On behalf of my son Karl, we want to thank Dr.Kasper and his team AND also the nurses and the staff at 7 West Stepdown . It was a very challenging experience for us, but WE KNOW more challenging for hospital staff working at the height of a pandemic.” – Yip Family


Dr. Nikhil Pai

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you so much for all that you do for to help me and all the kids with IBD. It’s is wonderful to know that you are always there for us. Wishing many blessings to you and your family.” – Sincerely, Ethan Zahn and family.


Dr. Marc A. Fischer

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Madhu Natarajan

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Eva Piessens

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Michael Tsang

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Graeme Fraser

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Kara Schnarr

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Staff of NICU

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you!” – Mr. and Mrs. Awalia


Dr. Almunder Algird

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Tobias Berg

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“With deepest gratitude.” – The Gledhill Family


Dr. Adel Dyub

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Jeff Healey

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Andre Lamy

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Douglas Wright

Hamilton General Hospital


Staff of C4 Hematology

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“With deepest gratitude.” – The Gledhill Family


Staff of Oncology Day Services

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“With deepest gratitude.” – The Gledhill Family


Dr. Timothy Rice

Hamilton General Hospital


Mrs. Jennifer Watson

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Paul Keith

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Wishing you happy Holidays. Thank you for your excellent care!” – Mary B.


Dr. Barry J. Lumb

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Wishing you happy Holidays. Thank you for your excellent care!” – Mary B.


Dr. Ilun Yang

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for all the care you provided us all these years. Thank you for your compassion and professionalism. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” – Charlie N.


Dr. David Wilson

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you so much for the care and support you have provided throughout my mother’s surgery, Sue Gardiner. Both she and my father have felt reassured, making this whole process easier for the rest of our family to handle. Thank you!” – Erika and Darren M.


Dr. Adel Dyub

Hamilton General Hospital

“Seasons Greetings! Thank you for the care you provided. It has not been forgotten.” – Frank and Laurie T.


Staff of 5 South

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for your compassion and Wonderful care.” – Robert and Mary


Staff of ICU West

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for your compassion and Wonderful care.” – Robert and Mary


Dr. Mohammed Almakadi

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“You are our hero. We love your compassionate care. Thank you. Wish you all the best.” – Elliot S.


Dr. Michelle Ghert

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

– Richard Z. and Donna M.


Dr. and Mrs. John Harlock

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. David Szalay

Hamilton General Hospital


Ms. Diana Herrington

Hamilton Health Sciences


November 2020 Honourees

Dr. Richard Whitlock

Hamilton General Hospital

“In gratitude of the 3-year anniversary of good health my husband has because of your life-saving care.” – Janice D.


Dr. Emilie Belley-Cote

Hamilton General Hospital

“In gratitude of the 3-year anniversary of good health my husband has because of your life-saving care.” – Janice D.


Dr. Victor Chu

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Ian Dayes

Jurvavinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Staff of 20B Radiation

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Olufemi Ajani

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Michelle Ghert

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Leyo Ruo

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Brian van Adel

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Blake Yarascavitch

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Mitchell Winemaker

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Eldon R. Tunks

Regional Rehabilitation Centre

“Thank you for all your care.” – Helen B.


Staff of NICU

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for all you do!” – Sonia S.


Staff of NICU

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for all your care for Jack Forcier.” – Rod F.


Dr. Sharon Grad

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for all you and your team do.” – James B.


Staff of ICU

Hamilton General Hospital

“To all the nurses and doctors in the ICU. Everyone was very kind and caring. Very generous with their time looking after my brother William ‘Brent’ Stewart. Thank you.” – Claudia S.


Ward C4 & B4 Hematology

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for the care that my husband Jeffrey received.” – Patricia K.


Dr. Sarah Scattalon

McMaster University Medical Centre

“Thank you for all that you do!” – Aimee P.


Staff of Chemotherapy

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“My mother started chemotherapy on March 3, 2020. A life altering diagnosis, the prospect of starting chemotherapy and having major surgery is frightening enough even without the threat of a global pandemic looming. During the first chemotherapy appointment, we were greeted by a truly kind volunteer named Norm who gave us a tour and made us feel at ease about the type of care provided in the chemo suite. He was truly a memorable person, as he was not able to be around for all 6 rounds of chemotherapy due to the pandemic lockdown, yet we remember his presence so clearly. Throughout chemotherapy treatments, family was no longer allowed in the hospital and Mom’s reactions to the medications grew increasingly more threatening with medical intervention required each time. It was so hard not being present at her appointments to support her. Mom was confident each time she went in for treatment because of the wonderful care she received from the nurses, doctors, and staff. It is quite remarkable that the staff create an environment that is calm and even happy and hopeful. She knew that when things went badly for her each time, the staff would be right by her side to see her through it. For this, we are truly grateful. Mom has been feeling very well since ringing the bell in the chemo suite and she has put her sewing skills to work, making masks to sell to our friends and family. She, along with her granddaughter who made bracelets, raised $500 to donate to the cancer center in honour of the wonderful care she received. Thank you for all that you do.” – Rebecca M.


Dr. Sam Schulman

Hamilton General Hospital

“In honour of Dr. Sam Schulman – dedicated thrombosis and stroke prevention and therapy physician and researcher – and his team.” – Marion S.


Dr. Punginathn Dorasamy

Hamilton General Hospital


Ms. Lori Raposo R.N.

Hamilton General Hospital

“My gift is motivated by the dedication and professionalism of Lori Rapos who was my nurse when I had an angioplasty on October 7th of this year. It is my understanding that Lori will be celebrating her 30th year of nursing and I trust that she will be recognized by the hospital accordingly.” – Tom B.


Dr. John Stimac

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thanks so much for the great care.” – Edward R.


Dr. Gordon Yip

Hamilton General Hospital

“With many thanks from Jay MacDonald and Family. Best wishes for the holidays and 2021 in your new unit!” – Dr. Jay M.


Ms. Claudia Poulin

Hamilton General Hospital

October 2020 Honourees

Dr. Lloyd C. Semelhago

Hamilton General Hospital

“In gratitude of your faithful and skillful care of my husband Joe Mercanti, 9 years ago. He and I are both very grateful to you Dr. Semelhago!” – Lois M.


Dr. Stuart Connolly

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you.” – The Miltenburg Family


Dr. Clive Davis

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you.” – Winchie Law Offices


Dr. Nikhil Pai

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Our family will be forever grateful for the wonderful care you gave our daughter, Mia Vandegram. A most heartfelt thank you for all you and your team have done for us throughout this journey!” – The Vamdegram Family


Staff of Trauma Department

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for all the care that you gave me from October 7th to 9th after I was hit by a car. You are all unsung heroes.” – Gillian W.


Staff of Medical Team A

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for all the care that you gave me from October 7th to 9th after I was hit by a car. You are all unsung heroes.” – Gillian W.


Staff of Medical Team E

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you for all the care that you gave me from October 7th to 9th after I was hit by a car. You are all unsung heroes.” – Gillian W.


Dr. David Szalay

Hamilton General Hospital

“Great thanks to Dr. Szalay and everyone involved. They were wonderful!” – Walter A.


Ms. Amanda Smith

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you.” – Ashkali K.


Dr. Iqbal Jaffer

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you.” – Ashkali K.


Staff of Vascular Clinic

Hamilton General Hospital

“Great thanks to Dr. Szalay and everyone involved. They were wonderful!” – Walter A.


Dr. Adel Dyub

Hamilton General Hospital

“In gratitude for all of the services provided to me during my hospitalization for quintuple bypass and mechanical valve surgery in June 2018” – Bruce and Rosaline B.


Dr. Louise Bordeleau

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you.” – The Krames Family


Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky

McMaster University Medical Centre

“Thank you.” – Cheryl B.

September 2020 Honourees

Dr. Jeff Healey

Hamilton General Hospital

“Donation is to acknowledge Dr. Healey’s exemplary clinical patient care.” – Dr. Nina G.


Dr. Juan Guzman

Hamilton General Hospital

“On February 23, 2020, i was transported to The General Hospital via ambulance due to cardiovascular problems. During my five day stay, Dr. Guzman was my attending physician. Because of his diligence, he was able to determine that my breast cancer had spread to my lungs. This diagnosis has allowed me to extend my life and enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. My sincere gratitude to Dr. Guzman and his team for their care.” – Maria M.


Dr. Som Mukherjee

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“I am an ongoing patient of Dr. Mukherjee. His expertise, compassion and patience have made dealing with my illness easier. My sincerest gratitude.” – Maria M.


Dr. Vinjamuri Chari

Regional Rehabilitation Centre

“Thank you!” – Gladys T.


Ms. Natasha Hemon

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for your help.” – Gary C.


Staff of Nephrology 2G Clinic

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Our family continues to be incredibly grateful for all of the continued attention and care that we receive as a family and for Benjamin specifically. Thank you so much for being exceptional at what you do. Your impact has been significant.” – The Catton Family


Staff of Oncology Day Services

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you.” – Emidio and Barbara M.


Staff of Pediatric Oncology Unit

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for your care and support of Owain over the last four months. We’ll always hold a special place in our hearts for you.” – The Buchnea Family

“Thank you for all the care you provided us all these years. Thank you for your compassion and professionalism. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” – Charlie N.

Dr. Ilun YangJuravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, December 2020

“In gratitude of the 3-year anniversary of good health my husband has because of your life-saving care.” – Janice D.

Dr. Emilie Belley-CoteHamilton General Hospital | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, November 2020

“In gratitude of your faithful and skillful care of my husband Joe Mercanti, 9 years ago. He and I are both very grateful to you Dr. Semelhago!” – Lois M.

Dr. Lloyd C. SemelhagoHamilton General Hospital | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, October 2020

“On February 23, 2020, i was transported to The General Hospital via ambulance due to cardiovascular problems. During my five day stay, Dr. Guzman was my attending physician. Because of his diligence, he was able to determine that my breast cancer had spread to my lungs. This diagnosis has allowed me to extend my life and enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. My sincere gratitude to Dr. Guzman and his team for their care.” – Maria M.

Dr. Juan GuzmanHamilton General Hospital | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, September 2020