St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton has several ongoing recreational programs that are run through their various departments. As a hospital that is dedicated to providing the best quality care to patients, they were interested in having program evaluations completed for their on-site programs. This was a task that would require an external party to conduct site visits to evaluate the programs.
Students within the Recreation Therapy Program had the opportunity to partner with St. Joseph’s Hospital to conduct program evaluations on several programs across the hospital, including: evaluations of participant outcomes for yoga programs; evaluations of participant satisfaction with a pottery program; needs assessment of mental health recreation services; and needs assessments for a therapeutic recreation program. The students were given the opportunity to present their findings and results to the staff at St. Joseph’s, with the hopes of having suggested changes implemented.