HAMILTON, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - At a special event today hosted at St.
Joe's, the Scleroderma Society of Ontario (SSO) announced their largest
donation ever: a $456,000 gift to support the innovative research
education and patient care provided by the Hamilton Scleroderma Group
(HSG) at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.
Maureen Sauvé, president of the SSO, said, "St. Joseph's has always been
home to some incredible care providers and physicians. But it's also a
place where those physicians don't just want to treat your disease,
they want to better understand it, know where it came from, and how it
can be treated most effectively. That's the kind of holistic,
research-based clinical care the Scleroderma Society of Ontario, and
its regional chapters are proud to support."
Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune connective tissue disease that affects
small blood vessels and causes excess collagen accumulation. It causes
a thickening of the skin or tissue on internal organs. It can also
cause joint swelling and pain. At present, there is no cure for the
disease, though treatment options are available to slow its progression
and help with symptoms. It is estimated that some 40,000 Canadians are
living with scleroderma.
Specifically, the Society's gift will support the Hamilton Scleroderma
Group, an interdisciplinary clinic at St. Joseph's Charlton Campus that
specializes in the research, treatment and care of people living with
scleroderma. All of the HSG doctors are attending physicians at St.
Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and faculty members at McMaster
University's School of Medicine.
Dr. Gerard Cox, co-chair of the Hamilton Scleroderma Group, explained
why bringing healthcare research and education together with clinical
care is so vitally important. "Scleroderma is a complex disease, with
varying symptoms and many compounding medical concerns. We're unsure of
its root cause, and right now there is no cure. But by combining
clinical care with scientific research, we're enhancing our
understanding of the disease and ensuring our patients have access to
clinicians who are educated in the latest advances in Scleroderma
care," he said.
St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation President and CEO, Sera
Filice-Armenio concluded the event by thanking the SSO for their kind
support. "St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is honoured by this
demonstration of your confidence in the care we provide. With
remarkable gifts from our partners in caring, like the Scleroderma
Society of Ontario, we will work together to improve the lives of those
living with scleroderma," she said.
About the Scleroderma Society of Ontario
The Scleroderma Society of Ontario (SSO) is committed to promoting
increased public awareness, advancing patient wellness and supporting
research in scleroderma. The SSO is one of the leading supporters of
scleroderma research in Canada. Since 2006, the society has donated
more than $1 million to research. Over the next three years, SSO has
committed over $880,000 to fund research projects in Canada. For more
information, visit www.sclerodermaontario.ca.
About St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and its Foundation
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is an acute care, teaching and research
hospital affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster
University and Mohawk College. It consists of three campuses: the
Charlton Campus in downtown Hamilton, the King Campus in the east end
of Hamilton, and the West 5th Campus on the West Mountain. Since 1890, St. Joseph's Healthcare
Hamilton has cared for the community in a spirit of compassion,
innovation, and commitment, a drive that has nurtured the growth of the
organization into a multi-site, regional, tertiary, academic health
science centre. For more information, visit www.stjoes.ca. St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation is the fundraising arm of the
Hospital. We work with individuals, corporations and foundations who
are interested in supporting the Hospital that has been caring for this
region for more than120 years. To learn more, visit www.stjoesfoundation.ca.
SOURCE St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
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