The site on Cummer Avenue was 25 acres of             TO REACH THE SISTERSfarm land and golf course. It was a barrenexpans...
A pioneer in health care since 1885, the                                                            St. John’s Rehab Hospi...
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SJRH St John's Rehabilitation Hospital

  1. 1. The site on Cummer Avenue was 25 acres of TO REACH THE SISTERSfarm land and golf course. It was a barrenexpanse of land until the original Sisters –Srs. Beatrice, Emily, Angela and Vera – ST. JOHNS REHAB HOSPITALbegan to lay out gardens following the plan ofa landscape gardener. Sr. Emily, who had 285 Cummer Avenue St. John’s Rehab Toronto, ON M2M 2G1completed a course at the Guelph AgriculturalCollege, obtained seedlings from the Ontario TEL: 416-226-6780 FAX: 416-226-6265 E-Mail: HospitalDepartment of Lands and Forests, and withthe help of George Lockyer, the originalgardener, planted 7,000 trees along the The Sisters of St. John the Divine engage inproperty, as well as shrubs, and the rose a number of other ministries in addition togarden to the south of the hospital. their role at SJRH. St. John’s Convent, the Sisters’ mother house (located next door toIn 1936, Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir, St. John’s Rehab Hospital), has an activeopened the 64 bed hospital. Guest House and ministry of retreats and spiritual direction. The Branch house of the Sisterhood in Victoria, BC also offers retreats and spiritual direction. ST. JOHNS CONVENT 233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, ON M2M 2E8 TEL: 416-226-2201 FAX: 416-226-2131 E-Mail: ST. JOHN’S HOUSE, BC 3937 St. Peters Road Victoria, B.C. V8P 2J9 A Monastic Community within the TEL: 250-920-7787 FAX:250-920-7709 Anglican Church of Canada E-Mail: bchouse@ssjd.caToday, the grounds of the hospital reflect thecare and vision of these early sisters and theirunderstanding of the impact of surroundingsin a holistic approach to healing. The hospitalhas grown over the years to become thelargest free-standing rehabilitation hospital inOntario. More than 4,000 patients fromacross Ontario and beyond participate in St.John’s Rehab Hospital specialty inpatient andoutpatient rehabilitation programs. The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a registered charity.Our charitable donation number is BN 119254266 RR0001.
  2. 2. A pioneer in health care since 1885, the St. John’s Rehab Hospital Vision andSisterhood founded St. John’s Rehab MissionHospital in 1936 as Ontario’s first hospitalfocusing on rehabilitation care. • Holistic approach to treating body, mind and spirit • Patient-centred philosophy • Continuing pursuit of excellence • Highly innovative and responsive • Deeply committed and expert staff • Unique teaching centre for medical and health professionals • Committed to expanding the boundaries of rehabilitation knowledge These are the characteristics that inspire the care, teaching and research provided by St. The Sisters hold a variety of positions in the John’s Rehab Hospital, a leader in specialty hospital including: rehabilitation in Ontario and Canada. They represent the vision and proud mission of the • Spiritual Care visitors and members of staff, physicians, Sisters of St. John the integrated patient-care teams; Divine, Auxiliary members and student • Sacristan (coordinator of hospital chapel volunteers, senior management and Board of and patient services) Directors of the Hospital. They also reflect theThe Sisters promote a multi-faith, multi- • Members of Hospital Foundation Board; voice of an overwhelming majority of ourcultural approach to health care that • Members of Hospital Board of Directors patients, who evaluate our success atemphasizes the dignity of individual patients. and Hospital Corporation delivering quality, comprehensive rehabilitation that enables them to resumeThe Sisters’ Mission at SJRH active, productive lives.The Sisters’ mission at St. John’s Rehab is to The History of SJRHsupport the Hospital in its holistic mission ofhealth care. In 1933, the Sisterhood began to pioneer in the field of convalescent care, a field not thenAs a praying community in the midst of the recognized as a necessary health service byactive work of the Hospital, we advocate for the government. With the help of a Board ofa vision of health care which expresses the Directors, and the support of the generalSisters’ mission and values in a multi-faith, hospitals in Toronto, convalescent care wasmulti-cultural setting, and we provide spiritual recognized and became a funded part of theand pastoral support for all with whom we hospital and health care system. A site wasjourney. chosen and construction started on St. John’s Convalescent Hospital.