DeSantis Family Honours the Memory of their Mother
with a gift to St. Joe’s
Aldo and Tony DeSantis attended the naming ceremony in honour of their mother, Maria Anna DeSantis.
Dr. Anthony Adili, Aldo DeSantis, Tony DeSantis, Sera Filice-Armenio and Dr. David Higgins
A dedicated mother and her loving family became part of St. Joe’s history on April 16. In recognition of a generous donation from Tony and Aldo DeSantis, the Hospital’s new surgical centre now includes the Maria Anna DeSantis Waiting Room within the Minor Procedures Unit. Family attended a recent event hosted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation to pay tribute to this meaningful gift.
For over two decades, the DeSantis Family has given significant contributions of time, volunteerism and philanthropy to St. Joe’s. Maria felt very warmly about our Hospital and the compassionate care we give to the community. When she passed away, the family felt that a gift to St. Joe’s would be a very fitting tribute to Maria’s life and the dedication she gave to her family.
Aldo DeSantis, Maria’s son, spoke at the naming ceremony about the family’s great love for her. ‘Our mother treasured her family. We are her legacy and we feel great pride in the loving care and strong values that she gave us.’ He added, ‘This step today ensures that the DeSantis name will always be remembered and associated with St. Joe’s…just as our mother would have wanted.’
Sera Filice-Armenio, President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, remembers Maria as a very special woman. To the DeSantis Family she said, ‘Your decision to honour the memory of your beloved mother with this gift is a very fitting legacy to her life. Our Hospital’s ability to serve the community depends on the support of patients and families like yours and we are proud to count you as one of our most generous supporters and friends.’
Dr. David Higgins, President of the Hospital, and Dr. Anthony Adili, Chief of Surgery, were also at the event to thank Tony and Aldo DeSantis for their generous gift and to highlight the positive impact it brings to surgical patients
here at St. Joe’s.