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.

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These outstanding staff members were vital at 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.

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

August 2020 Honourees

Mrs. Sabrina Bucalo

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thanks for getting me in for hip surgery. My life is a lot better. Thank you.” – Kimball D.


Dr. Edward Kachur

Hamilton General Hospital

“Very grateful for an excellent recovery.” – Merch in Motion Inc.


Dr. Gordon Okawara

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thank you for your help.” – The Martin Family


Dr. Richard Whitlock

Hamilton General Hospital


Dr. Thomas Wood

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Thanks for getting me in for hip surgery. My life is a lot better. Thank you.” – Kimball D.

“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

“Very grateful for an excellent recovery.” – Merch in Motion Inc.

Dr. Edward KachurHamilton General Hospital | #VITAL2HHS Honouree, August 2020