patients each year
surgeries each year
children treated with cancer each year
visits to the emergency department each year
It’s vital to care for children and families
McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital, including McMaster University Medical Centre and Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre.
The Foundation provides funding for vital equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers. We provide the clinical teams with the tools and environments to do their best work when caring for children and their families.
Caring for the smallest babies
McMaster Children’s Hospital is home to the country’s largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The multidisciplinary team in the NICU provides expert care in such areas as, minimally-invasive surgery, nutrition, respiratory health, ophthalmology, social work, pastoral care and other specialty services.
Leading the way for mental health
McMaster Children’s Hospital is also home to the largest pediatric mental health program in Canada through its inpatient program and complementary outpatient programs including those at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. The specialists in pediatric mental health are working to erase the stigma associated with mental health and conducting ground-breaking research to deal with the root causes of some mental health issues.
Improving care for kids with cancer
When parents learn that their child has cancer, their entire world turns upside down. The team at McMaster Children’s Hospital is there every step of the way to help children and their parents deal with the physical and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment.
To enhance the patient experience, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation is fundraising to renovate and expand the third-floor oncology clinic. As part of the renovation, the in-house pharmacy will be upgraded to improve the delivery of chemotherapy. The clinical spaces will also be redeveloped to include distinct areas tailored to different age groups.
Supporting the care of pediatric cancer patients is particularly important given that McMaster Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in south-central Ontario that provides specialized cancer care for children.
Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
As part of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre is home to a range of outpatient services focused on child rehabilitation and developmental health.
The Centre hosts Canada’s largest prosthetics and orthotics program, which serves both children and adults across the country. Other specialized programs include the Autism Spectrum Disorder Service, the Child and Youth Outpatient Mental Health Program, and the Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Program.
The building itself was designed to provide a welcoming, nurturing space for patients and their families and has received awards for its unique design.
Together, we can put kids first
Tackling childhood illness and disease is tough. But together, we are tougher.
About McMaster Children’s Hospital
Serving south-central Ontario, McMaster Children’s Hospital is the second largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in Ontario. The Hospital is home to the country’s largest neonatal intensive care unit including supportive maternal and women’s care, the largest pediatric mental health program in Canada, the only pediatric trauma centre and oncology program in the region.
McMaster Children’s Hospital also delivers a range of women’s reproductive health services, including high-risk obstetrics and pre-natal screening, at the campus it shares with McMaster University Medical Centre.
Also a part of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre provides specialized outpatient services at a separate campus.
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