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Wednesday, September 9th marks the 2015 Mission Legacy Award ceremony at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. This year we recognize six deserving individuals who have demonstrated their devotion and dedication to the health care in our community throughout their lives.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton introduced the Mission Legacy Award in 2007 to recognize key individuals who have contributed in an exceptional manner to the health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, the St. Joseph's Health System and/or its Foundations. This award is the highest honour bestowed by our organization to those who have made a significant contribution to the St. Joe’s community and who ultimately have a lasting imprint on our organization. 

A call for nominations was sent out earlier this year and we received a great response with a large number of staff, physician, volunteer and board member names being submitted for consideration. Following a review of the submissions, we are pleased to announce the following individuals that will be receiving the 2015 award:

Dr. Hugh Fuller

Dr. Fuller has embodied the Mission throughout his career at St. Joseph’s.  Dr. Fuller’s clinical expertise and leadership roles, ranging from Medical Director, Vice President and Chief of Staff have impacted thousands of lives in the Hamilton community. His talent for implementation of clinical technologies is proven, as was his passion for helping those in need through our International Outreach Program. Dr. Fuller is truly a blessing to St. Joe’s.

Dr. Gary Chaimowitz

Dr. Chaimowitz is a champion of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalized, acting as an advocate and voice for the rights of those cared for within the Forensic Psychiatry System. As a key player in shaping the provincial Forensic System, he inspires commitment and passion in others. Dr. Chaimowitz truly lives the spirit of the Mission at St. Joseph’s by seeing the humanity in all individuals while providing compassionate, quality care. 

Dr. Peter Bieling

Dr. Bieling is a profound example of living the Mission at St. Joseph’s - initially as a psychologist in the Mood Disorders Program and now as a widely respected leader with a philosophical impact on mental health care delivery. As Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Program, Dr. Bieling is an inspiration and visionary; he inspires staff to be innovative in providing the highest quality care to our community. 

Ms. Margaret Doma

As Director of Patient Relations, Risk, Legal and Medical Affairs, Margaret Doma brings the human elements of caring, compassion and fairness to patients, their families, and all who work at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  Margaret has been instrumental in the implementation of organizational priorities, including our Patient Relations, Language Access and Enterprise Risk Management Programs.  Margaret is a mentor, leader and a valued ambassador of the St. Joe’s team.

Ms. Joan Jervis

Joan Jervis has dedicated 30 years to volunteering at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, primarily under the Spiritual Care Department and focusing her time within the Mental Health and Addiction Program. Always displaying warmth and compassion to clients, Joan’s interpersonal skills and commitment have been a tangible demonstration of our Mission, and a wonderful example to our staff. Joan’s selfless donation of time is truly an invaluable gift to our organization.

Mr. Sam Mercanti

Local philanthropist and business leader, Sam Mercanti has a long history of involvement with St. Joseph’s Health System, Healthcare and Foundation. As Board Chair, campaign cabinet member and current Board member, Sam has invested his time, resources and expertise towards the success of healthcare in Hamilton. His advocacy and continued enthusiasm to ensuring our hospital remains true to its Mission while advancing towards the future, is an inspiration to all.





A sincere thank you to each of this year’s recipients, their hard work and dedication to our organization and the patients we serve is truly appreciated by our staff, patients and families.

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