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.

May 2020 Honourees

Ms. Martina vanderVeer R.N.

McMaster University Medical Centre

“You were there to care for me the first night I was admitted. Your “we’ll get through this” attitude made me believe that it would be okay. You were also there for me the night I had to say goodbye to my twin baby girls, and it meant so much to me. Thank you!”


Dr. Ragini Agarwal

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thank you for your wonderful care at McMaster Family Practice Unit. Janet & Larry”


Dr. John Booth

Hamilton Health Sciences


Ms. Natasha Brownrigg N.P.

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“We are so grateful for your care and support by email and phone after we came home from the hospital. You went above and beyond to calm worried parents and ensure that our little one was comfortable and stayed on track to healing. Thank you!”


Dr. Sarah Burrow

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thank you for all you did to care for our daughter Julia. We are forever grateful! Please stay safe and healthy. Sincerely, The Williams Family”


Dr. Adriana Cappelletti

Hamilton Health Sciences


Dr. Mark Crowther

Hamilton Health Sciences

“I appreciate your first class care and always being available to take care of my medical twists and turns.”


Dr. Erica DiMaria

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“We have so appreciated Shannon’s help and her kindness.”


Mrs. Caroline Dunnett

McMaster University Medical Centre


Dr. Valerie Francescutti

Hamilton General Hospital

“I was one of your first patients on your return to Hamilton a couple of years ago. You hadn’t moved into your office. I did not thank you properly at the time after my surgery. Thank you so much for going the extra mile supporting me and my wife.”


Dr. Graeme Fraser

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Ms. Ann Hammer

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Ann thank you for all your hard work and dedication to support the spasticity patients and program at the Regional Rehab Centre. You are the glue that holds it together! Marlynn”


Dr. Christopher Hillis

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“We have truly valued your kindness and your expertise.”


Ms. Shannon Hilton

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“We have so appreciated Shannon’s help and her kindness.”


Dr. Sebastien Hotte

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for your superb and compassionate care.”


Ms. Elaine Jervelund R.N.

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.”


Ms. Melissa Klitzke R.N.

Hamilton General Hospital

“Thank you and all the ER nurses who are doing such an awesome job!”


Miss Nicole Lau R.N.

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Proud of your work!”


Dr. Kimberly Legault

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Gregory McGill

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thank you for your wonderful care at McMaster Family Practice Unit. Janet & Larry”


Ms. Cheryl Ann Miller

Hamilton Health Sciences


Dr. Paul Missiuna

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Mrs. Karen Najev R.N.

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Karen – thank you for the support you give to the spasticity patients and program whenever it is needed. A small way to let you know that you are appreciated since I can’t come bring treats in person 🙂 Stay safe! Marlynn”


Dr. Mark Osmond

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thank you for your amazing care during our high-risk twin pregnancy in 2019. You were so patient, kind and took the time to answer all our questions. Thank you for coming to the maternity ward to meet the twins when they were born!”


Ms. Rosemary Otto

Hamilton Health Sciences


Dr. Bayane Sabsabi

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“There are truly no words for how grateful we are for you. Not only was the care you gave Ava exceptional through our whole NICU experience, but your kindness and compassion made us feel comforted in the scariest of times. Thank you for everything.”


Dr. Bayane Sabsabi

McMaster University Medical Centre

“Dr. Bayane, we appreciate everything you did for our Ava who was born at 24 weeks. You are an amazing doctor and what got us through those hard days was your compassion, empathy and thoughtfulness. We felt how much you cared and we cannot thank you enough for that.”


Dr. Bruno Salena

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“In recognition of all doctors and medical professionals like Dr.Bruno Salena who is selflessly working to help people during this unprecedented time. Much appreciation and respect to all the healthcare providers!”


Dr. Sapna Sharma

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“We are truly fortunate to be in the care of Dr. Sharma. She is incredibly knowledgeable and goes above and beyond for her patients. Her compassion, support, and ability to connect are unmatched. Thank you for everything you’ve done for our family!”


Ms. Yvonne Smith R.N.

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Yvonne – thank you for the support you give to the spasticity patients and program whenever it is needed. A small way to let you know that you are appreciated since I can’t come bring treats in person 🙂 Stay safe! Marlynn”


Dr. Niv Sne

Hamilton General Hospital

“For what you have done, are doing, and will do – you are “Semper fidelis””


Staff of ICU

Juravinski Hospital Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Staff of Juravinki Hospital Medical and Admission Staff

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“I was just released after spending three days in the hospital. Top-notch care and service from all the medical staff and admission clerical staff. Thank you!”


Dr. Irwin R. Walker

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Amanda Whippey

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“I am so thankful for your assistance in preparation of my surgery. Your kind words, support and intervention helped me greatly during a very difficult ordeal. Not only are you a brilliant physician, but also a very kind and understanding person.”


Dr. Dale Williams

Hamilton General Hospital

“Dr. Williams repaired my non-union fracture of the humerus in 2017. He performed a procedure that gave me back my quality of life. He is not only a brilliant surgeon, but a kind and understanding person! Thank you so much. I am forever grateful.”


Ms. Jennifer Wilson, RN, BScN, MHSc NICU NP

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“In honour of your years of hard work and selfless dedication.”


Ms. Edie Zimmermann

Hamilton Health Sciences

April 2020 Honourees

Dr. Sarah Burrow

McMaster University Medical Centre

“Thank you for all you do and always thinking of others!”


Dr. Nicole Hodgson

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thanks to Dr. Dhesy-Thind, Dr. Hodgson and Dr. Strang, their assistants and all the staff in the chemotherapy and radiation units. This donation is to be directed to the COVID-19 Response fund with the intention of getting it matched by the Longo’s donation.”


Dr. Nicole Hodgson

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Mr. Deepa Kattail

McMaster Children’s Hospital


Dr. Madhu Natarajan

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Dragos Predescu

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thanks to Dr. Predescu and the cardiology team and staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital for all their work and help over the years.”


Staff of Surgical Oncology – F4

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for the wonderful care that was given to my dad. As a family, we are grateful.”


Staff of Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Stay safe and stay well.


Dr. Barb Strang

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thanks to Dr. Dhesy-Thind, Dr. Hodgson and Dr. Strang, their assistants and all the staff in the chemotherapy and radiation units. This donation is to be directed to the COVID-19 Response fund with the intention of getting it matched by the Longo’s donation.”


Dr. Sukhbinder Dhesy-Thind

Hamilton Health Sciences

“Thanks to Dr. Dhesy-Thind, Dr. Hodgson and Dr. Strang, their assistants and all the staff in the chemotherapy and radiation units. This donation is to be directed to the COVID-19 Response fund with the intention of getting it matched by the Longo’s donation.”


Dr. Nicholas Valettas

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Kevin Zbuk

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Many thanks to Dr. Zbuk, Dr. Hanna and the entire support team for the caring and compassionate care you provided to Brenda during the past 5 years. The warm memories that Brenda and I shared during that time would not have been otherwise possible.”

March 2020 Honourees

Dr. Jean Clinton

McMaster University Medical Centre


Dr. Richard Whitlock

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Muntasir Saffie

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for all you have done for me and continue to do.”


Ms. Lindsay Moreno

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for all you have done for me and continue to do.”


Dr. Rosalyn Juergens

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Michael J. Marcaccio

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you very much for the excellent care you provided. I am grateful to you that my surgery was successful and that I have recovered so well. You are a wonderful surgeon who truly cares about his patients. Thank you!” – Amanda 


Dr. Victor Chu

Hamilton General Hospital 


Dr. Brian Drew

Hamilton General Hospital 


Dr. C Tom Kouroukis

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Dr. Laurie Elit

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“The best care I could ever imagine.”


Dr. Iwa Kong

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“The best care I could ever imagine.”


Dr. Laurie Elit

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Very grateful for your wonderful care.” – Mona 


Dr. Michelle Ghert

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Dr. Ghert and Dr. Avram, I am thinking of you two and your teams at JHCC.  All the best to you all during this COVID-19 pandemic.” 


Dr. Ronen Avram

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Dr. Ghert and Dr. Avram, I am thinking of you two and your teams at JHCC.  All the best to you all during this COVID-19 pandemic.” 


Dr. Stephen Kelly

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre


Ms. Bahar Ighani

McMaster Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for all your hard work.”

February 2020 Honourees

Dr. Brian van Adel

Hamilton Health Sciences

“We are so grateful to you and your team for looking after Tim. Your care is exceptional. When we thanked you in person, you said ‘We are just doing our jobs’, but you are actually saving lives. You are our heroes.Thank you!” – Alison & Tim


Dr. Donald Arnold

McMaster University Medical Centre

“I had ITP many years ago and said I would have it forever. I was treated by Dr. Don Arnold and the research team at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) from 200 to 2012. I weaned off the medications in December 2012 and I am symptom free since then. HHS teams are amazing!”


Ms. Carol Barner

Hamilton General Hospital


Ms. Clare Cimino

St. Peter’s Hospital 


Ms. Paige Capra

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre 

“Even though you were understaffed you gave 200%.  Thank you for your empathy and care of my sister, Claire.  This is more than a job to you, it is your calling.  Bless you.”


Dr. Adel Dyub

Hamilton Health Sciences 

“Thank you Dr. Dyub for all you did for me and my family. You and Carmelita are in our prayers.” – The Nixon Family


Dr. Adel Dyub

Hamilton General Hospital


Mrs. Sarah Eyre

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Martha Fulford

McMaster University Medical Centre

“Dear Dr. Fulford and Dr. Pernica, Your beyond exceptional care of our daughter will never be forgotten.  Thank you.” – The Atkinson Family


Dr. Susan Gudelis

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre 

“I’m so grateful to Dr. Lukka and Dr. Gadelis for having me as a patient.  They are very kind and caring.” 


Dr. Himu Lukka

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre 

“I’m so grateful to Dr. Lukka and Dr. Gadelis for having me as a patient.  They are very kind and caring.”


Dr. Jeffrey Pernica

McMaster University Medical Centre

“Dear Dr. Fulford and Dr. Pernica, Your beyond exceptional care of our daughter will never be forgotten.  Thank you.” – The Atkinson Family


Ms. Brittany Rumble

Hamilton General Hospital


Ms. Tammy Steele

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Niv Sne

Hamilton General Hospital

“With appreciation for care above and beyond.”


Ms. Katina Tzitzi

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Tricia Woo

St. Peter’s Hospital 


Staff of Neurointerventional Surgery Stroke Care

Hamilton Health Sciences 

“We are so grateful to you and your team for looking after Tim. Your care is exceptional. When we thanked you in person, you said ‘We are just doing our jobs’, but you are actually saving lives. You are our heroes. Thank you!” – Alison & Tim


Staff of Cardiac Care

Hamilton General Hospital 

“Very special thanks to two or three nurses who acted so quickly and who are the reason I can make this donation. A small price for a life.”

“I appreciate your first class care and always being available to take care of my medical twists and turns.”

Dr. Mark CrowtherHamilton Health Sciences | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, May 2020

“Many thanks to Dr. Zbuk, Dr. Hanna and the entire support team for the caring and compassionate care you provided to Brenda during the past 5 years.  The warm memories that Brenda and I shared during that time would not have been otherwise possible.”

Dr. Kevin ZbukJuravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, April 2020

“Thank you very much for the excellent care you provided. I am grateful to you that my surgery was successful and that I have recovered so well. You are a wonderful surgeon who truly cares about his patients. Thank you!” – Amanda

Dr. Michael J. MarcaccioJuravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, March 2020

“Thank you Dr. Dyub for all you did for me and my family. You and Carmelita are in our prayers.” – The Nixon Family

Dr. Adel DyubHamilton Health Sciences | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, February 2020