Remembering the Shelley Family


Shelley Unveiling

Bob and his wife Gail unveiled the sign to honour Bob's donation to St. Joe's Surgical Centre

St. Joe’s patients often say ‘thank you’ to the Hospital with a gift that helps us to continue meeting the community’s healthcare needs. This has been the case with Bob Shelley, a retired local business man, who recently pledged a gift of $100,000 to strengthen the impact of services within St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s new surgical centre.  In recognition of his donation, the Hospital and Foundation named a vital part of the surgical centre in Bob’s honour.

The Robert S. Shelley Minor Procedures Room is one of four ‘mini operating rooms’ where procedures such as carpal tunnel releases, biopsies and colonoscopies are performed.  Approximately 6,000 of these procedures are carried out in the Minor Procedures Unit each year. When Bob and his wife Gail attended the naming ceremony, they also enjoyed a tour of the unit where they were able to appreciate how the new facility can greatly reduce surgery wait times by caring for patients whose procedures can be completed outside of a full-scale operating theatre, leaving those open for major surgeries.

Bob has been a grateful patient of St. Joe’s on many occasions throughout his lifetime and this is the second gift he has made to the Hospital in appreciation for the exceptional care it provides not only to Bob and his family, but to our entire community. 

But caring for the health of our community wasn’t the only motivation behind Bob’s generous donation.  He was also looking for a way to honour and remember his late parents, Mabel and William Shelley, and brothers, Ronald, John and Charles. 

In recognition of Bob’s first gift made several years ago, his name has been on our Garden of Grace donor wall inside the main lobby of St. Joseph’s Charlton Avenue Campus.  As part of our donor recognition program, the next time the wall is updated, the names of his brothers and parents will be placed there too.

“After my brothers passed away, I thought of honouring their memory, and that of my parents, with a second gift to the Hospital that cared for our family members and friends,” explains Bob. “The passing of siblings brings home the reality that our time on this earth is limited, and we should do what we can to help others. I wanted to make this gift now so that I can appreciate its impact during my lifetime.”

“Gifts like Bob’s are truly inspiring,” explains Dana Visocchi Rice, Vice-President of Development for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. “As a grateful patient and a donor of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Bob so strongly believes in our Hospital’s mission and vision.  Through philanthropy, he’s helping to ensure St. Joe’s remains on the cutting edge of new practises and knowledge.  Ultimately, he’s helping us to make our patients feel better, sooner, and that’s an incredible legacy for the Shelley family to enjoy.”




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