In March 2023, our team transformed FIVE NEW SMILEZONES within St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Urgent Care Department, thanks to support from the Toronto Rock!
The paediatric waiting room, care bays, and other specialized rooms within the Urgent Care Campus have been transformed into interactive areas with murals that feature many images including places in Hamilton and its sports teams featuring the Toronto Rock. St. Joe’s says the murals and wonderful colours will make a difference to the 15,000 young patients it sees every year.
A donation from the Toronto Rock made this happen and the lacrosse team says they have contributed to the cause before. Toronto Rock captain Challen Rogers says, “Since moving to Hamilton, we’ve wanted to be in this community, whether Smilezones or school visits, showing the people of Hamilton that Toronto Rock are here to build up the community.”
St. Joseph’s VP of Clinical Programs Rick Badzioch says they were pleased when the Rock and Smilezone approached them with the offer to build the vibrant setting.
Badzioch says, “The King Street site here it serves a very very large community in the east end of Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby area, so we took the offer and applied it to where we thought would be the best and where we could have the greatest results.”