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Pillars of Excellence

Since 1890, St. Peter's has made adults with chronic illness a priority in our community and beyond.

Today, our dedicated and expert team of care providers is ensuring that patients and residents enjoy quality of life by focusing on four pillars of excellence: Palliative Care, Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and Aging.

We believe that our patients and residents deserve care that is holistic and addresses the needs of the body, mind and spirit. These pillars of excellence reflect our commitment to enabling those in our care to attain their optimum physical, emotional, cognitive and psychosocial functioning.

Palliative Care

St. Peter's has a 118-year tradition of excellence in caring for patients who are nearing the end of life and their families.

Our purpose is to provide expert, team-based and supportive end of life care to people experiencing any life threatening illness, within an environment that fosters clinical excellence, education and research. In addition, we are committed to continuous collaboration with our partners to create a seamless system of care for palliative patients and families in the Hamilton area. St. Peter's is an active and committed member of the Hamilton Hospice Palliative Care Network. Our goal of promoting a seamless system of care for the dying could not be achieved without collaboration and ongoing cooperation with all our community partners.

We believe that our role is to:

  • affirm life

  • regard dying as a normal process

  • provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms

  • respect that everyone approaches death from their own unique perspective based upon their individual values, spiritual beliefs, cultural roots, family dynamics and life experiences

  • be patient/resident & family-centred and respond to the needs of the body, mind and spirit

  • ensure that every patient/resident and family has the right to participate in informed discussions about treatment options

  • understand that patients/residents and families facing similar situations will make very different choices

  • offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death

  • offer a support system to help the families cope during the patient's illness and in their bereavement respond to community needs through innovative partnerships

Our expert staff has a long tradition of contributing to the education of other professionals, learners in the health professions, continuing education at the local, provincial and national levels and in the education of the public.

In collaboration with the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, we are building on our strength as an Interprofessional Education (IPE) setting for Palliative Care services, education and research. All the Palliative Care interprofessional team members are also actively involved in the education of health care professionals and several have close links and appointments with McMaster University and Mohawk College.

For more information about St. Peter's vision for palliative care, please click here.

Dementia Care

Our approach to caring for patients and residents with behavioural or cognitive challenges due to illness such as Alzheimer Disease, disability or neurological conditions is tailored to meet their unique health needs. We believe that care should respect the spiritual, cultural, social, emotional and physical needs of each individual. Adults with dementia have a life history, likes and dislikes, and emotions.

The impact of dementia on the afflicted person and their caregivers is often difficult to recognize since this disease has no outward physical signs like those seen with someone who has had a stroke or amputation. That is why the experts at St. Peter's have gained an outstanding reputation in the delivery of specialized services for patients and residents with dementia.

Through their ongoing commitment to understanding the person behind the illness, our experts make it possible for adults with dementia to lead fulfilling and dignified lives.

In addition, we are privileged to have Dr. W. Molloy, a world-renowned geriatrican, as the first Peter's McMaster Chair in Aging. He is also Professor of Medicine and Director of the Geriatric Research Group and Memory Clinic, McMaster University. Dr. Molloy is researching ways to identify and prevent the progression of dementia in older adults. He is committed to making progress in the fight against Alzheimer Disease and other dementias.

Rehabilitation

We are committed to enhancing the lives of our patients and residents through appropriate and innovative rehabilitation techniques that are geared to meet their unique health care needs.

Our goal is to help people understand and cope with the challenges associated with, for example, stroke, hip fracture, terminal illness, amputation, traumatic injury, heart or kidney disease, dementia or neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

St. Peter's interdisciplinary care teams, which are comprised of a variety of health care professionals, assist patients and residents to reach their full physical, cognitive and social potential so that they may be able to enjoy purposeful and meaningful lives.

We believe that rehabilitation, whether it increases mobility, assists in the management of swallowing disorders or improves socialization skills, is a necessary and ongoing component of daily care. We are dedicated helping the people we serve to live as comfortably, safely and independently as possible.

Aging

We have dedicated almost 120 years to understanding and finding ways to meet the daily challenges of lifelong disease and disability on older adults. Current statistics indicate that the average age of our population is rising, and more people are living with a chronic illness. That is why we will continue to provide and look for ways to ensure that our patients and residents remain important members of our community.

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