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Happy holidays from our family to yours

Toronto, December 20, 2018

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on what makes us smile. Perhaps it's family or friends. Maybe it's the decorations on your unit or a special tradition. To mark the holidays, we asked people from across our network - Providence, St. Joseph's and St. Michael's - to tell us what it is that elevates the season for them. Here's what we heard...

Donald, St. Michael's
"I'm going home to Nova Scotia to see my family and nine grandkids, who I only get to see twice a year."
- Donald, St. Michael's

Henry, Providence
"I'm thankful to share a special Christmas lunch with our residents. I get to wear a hat that makes them smile."
- Henry, Providence

Crystal, St. Joseph's
"I am grateful to work for an organization with an incredible network of people who empower me to be the best that I can be."
- Crystal, St. Joseph's

Michelle, St. Michael's
"I'm grateful for my friends and family. We have a big family dinner, exchange gifts and play board games."
- Michelle, St. Michael's

Jennifer, Providence
"This holiday is extra special because we're welcoming our first daughter into the world. I'm also grateful for the love and support from my Providence family."
- Jennifer, Providence

Steve, St. Joseph's
"Interacting with people who are deeply passionate about giving care is one thing I will always be grateful for."
- Steve, St. Joseph's

Jocelyn, St. Michael's
"I'm heading to Mexico to see family - some I haven't seen in over 10 years! I'm grateful to get to spend time with them."
- Jocelyn, St. Michael's

La Toya, Providence
"Every year I put out a 'money tree' filled with chocolate coins for our visitors to wish them good fortune and joy."
- La Toya, Providence

Robert, St. Joseph's
"During the holidays, I am grateful for the extra time spent with my family."
- Robert, St. Joseph's

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 29 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About Unity Health Toronto

Unity Health Toronto, comprised of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital, works to advance the health of everyone in our urban communities and beyond. Our health network serves patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education. For more information, visit

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