Guelph General Hospital’s new Gifts of Gratitude fundraising effort launched by a former patient thanking those who saved his life

Oct. 20– On Monday afternoon, former patient Jeff Warner returned to Guelph General Hospital to personally thank some of the doctors and hospital staff who cared for him and to officially launch GGH’s new Gifts of Gratitude program.

“We developed Gifts of Gratitude to offer a simple and thoughtful way for patients to recognize the care they received and to directly connect their appreciation back to their caregivers,” says Suzanne Bone, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital CEO. “Often, donations arrive from former patients with a note commenting on the wonderful care they received.”

Patients or their loved ones may make a donation “in honour” of any doctor or Guelph General Hospital staff member. The person honoured receives a personalized thank you card and a symbolic lapel pin.

Jeff Warner is a local high school teacher who came to Guelph General Hospital when a minor cut on his arm led to serious illness. He was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis—flesh-eating disease and his health rapidly deteriorated. Not expected to live, he was given a final blessing by his priest. Despite the severity of his condition, Jeff survived and credits his doctors and other caregivers for saving his arm and his life.

“My family and I are profoundly grateful for the remarkable care I received here,” says Jeff. “Making a donation in honour of my physicians and caretakers was an easy way to show our appreciation – and it feels good knowing it will go towards purchasing the tools and technology they need to save lives, just as they did mine.”

Donations made through the Gifts of Gratitude program will go to ensure state-of-the-art medical care and diagnostic services. Posters and brochures are available throughout the hospital and on The Foundation website