St. John's Rehab Hospital celebrates a history of possibilities
TORONTO, May 22, 2012 /CNW/ - It all started from a group of women with a vision of what could be accomplished by focusing on patients' individual needs, rather than their diagnosis.
Founded in Toronto by the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, St. John's Rehab Hospital started from the Sisters' response to a need for convalescent care in the community. What set them apart was their tradition of focusing their care on the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Since the hospital first opened on May 22, 1937, it has continued this custom.
"That kind of holistic approach to patient care is part of a legacy that has been built over the past 75 years," says Malcolm Moffat, President and CEO at St. John's Rehab. "We are incredibly proud of our tradition of rebuilding people's lives and the advances we will continue to make in patient care."
St. John's Rehab was one of the first hospitals in the Toronto area to provide rehabilitation care. Canada was slowly recovering from a world war and an outbreak of polio that swept through the nation. It was becoming apparent that the medical act of saving lives wasn't enough. Rehabilitation was a growing need in the community. And now with an aging population and with people surviving more conditions, it still is today.
Mirroring the Sisters' vision that started over 125 years ago, long-time supporters of St. John's Rehab, Yasmin and Fatehally Khoja, announced their commitment to a major investment in rehabilitation care.
"We immigrated to Canada from South Africa some 35 years ago and have appreciated what Canada has provided for us over the years," says Mr. Khoja. "We wanted to honour our parents by continuing their legacy of philanthropy and giving back to the community. And we felt there was no better way to do this than to help St. John's Rehab rebuild people's lives."
The investment made by the Khojas will help support survivors of life-changing illnesses and injuries in Toronto and across Ontario get back to their lives at home, work and in their communities. They will also name a few areas in the hospital in memory of their parents.
"We are extremely thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Khoja's leadership and vision," says Mr. Moffat. "With their support, our exceptional rehab care will help thousands more people take this crucial step in their recovery."
To learn more about how St. John's Rehab is rebuilding people's lives or to learn more details about the event, visit us at www.stjohnsrehab.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stjohnsrehab and Facebook at facebook.com/stjohnsrehab.
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