Holiday Appeal

More than

60,000

Emergency Room visits per year

On average, we see more than

130 patients

Come into our Emergency Department on Christmas Day alone.

Wondering how your gift will help us? Let's let Dr. Rutledge tell you.

Dr. Greg Rutledge is the Chief of Emergency Medicine here at St. Joe’s. He’s in charge of the busiest ER in the city.

At any given time, Dr. Rutledge and his team of doctors, nurses and residency students can be found treating a grandmother with pneumonia who is struggling to breathe; saving a young adult having an anaphylactic allergic reaction; attending to a family whose son is experiencing his first mental health crisis; monitoring a daughter-in-law who has gone into early labour and rushing a father who is having chest pains for an ECG.

On top of these five patients, there are even more people in the waiting room anxiously anticipating their turn to see a doctor and receive the care they urgently need. No other department in the hospital sees such a wide variety of patients—all with different health concerns, and all in need of urgent assistance. At this time of year, when some local businesses are posting their reduced holiday hours, when schools are closing down for the Christmas break, we want to remind you that our emergency department doesn’t close down for the holidays. We’ll be here, ready to care for you, your loved ones, and everyone who needs our Hospital.

You might be surprised to know that on average,we see more than 130 patients come into our Emergency Department on Christmas Day alone. That’s almost the same number of patients we see on any other day. Sometimes emergencies do happen over the holidays.

Our Wish List

This Christmas, there’s something you can do to help make sure Dr. Rutledge and his team at St. Joe’s have the equipment and resources they need to care for you whenever you may need it. You can support emergency medicine at our Hospital by donating to help towards the purchase of items such as:

Vital Sign Monitors

Vital Sign Monitors

We’re always in need of new vital sign monitors because it’s the first thing we do with every single patient who arrives here at the ER.

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Necessary Equipment

Necessary Equipment

From thermometers to blankets, stethoscopes to stretchers, our department needs all of these items and more to be on hand and at the ready, no matter
what.

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Sleeping Chairs

Sleeping Chairs

With two sleeper chairs that we can move from room to room, we’ll be able to offer comfort to families who may be with us for longer than they had originally intended.

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