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Beauty and serenity

Avid gardener Gladys Hubbs, a resident at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, wanted to leave a legacy others will enjoy. She purchased a cascading fountain for the recently refreshed Mount Hope courtyard. Through donations to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, the courtyard has been rejuvenated with enhanced lighting, new shade-giving trellises and umbrellas, benches, and planters that allow residents to hone their green thumbs. This serene space is a gathering spot for barbeques, birthdays, picnics, tea parties, or simply quiet reflection.

Stroke care in the South West LHIN is now concentrated at seven designated stroke centres so people can receive the best possible care and achieve optimal recovery. Parkwood Institute was selected to be one of these designated stroke centres because of its long-standing stroke rehabilitation expertise.

A Canadian first sheds light on pain

Neuropathic pain is complex, chronic, and the most common complication reported by people following spinal cord injury, yet it is often overlooked. Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute are changing that, becoming the first in Canada to develop clinical practice guidelines that address the unique challenges for managing pain during recovery and rehabilitation from spinal cord injury.

Celebrating 70 years

For seven decades, veterans have had an opportunity to learn new artistic skills or practice old ones through the Veterans Arts Program at Parkwood Institute. Established in 1946, Veterans Arts is a vibrant communal area where veterans have an opportunity to express their creativity in woodworking, clay, textiles, painting and more while enjoying the company of each other and a team of art instructors, who take into account the interests and ability of each individual. To mark the 70th anniversary, the veterans’ artwork was showcased in a special exhibit at the London Public Library in November.

Dunked for a cause

From atop a dunk tank, leaders across St. Joseph’s took the plunge in chilly November as part of Share the Spirit, the annual employee giving campaign for St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the United Way London & Middlesex. Dunking a leader was the reward for raising more than $143,000, increasing new payroll deduction donors by 137 people, and having many existing donors boost their payroll deduction amount – all in support of the community.

Expanding our reach

A new partnership between Parkwood Institute’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic and the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) at the University of Waterloo will improve access to care in the Waterloo area for Canada’s veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP who are struggling with service-related psychological injury. The OSI Clinic is proud to partner with the CMHR and increase the clinic’s reach for those in need.

Field trip leaves an impression

They came, they saw, they tweeted. A ‘field trip’ organized by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario to the labs of Lawson Health Research Institute generated more than 1.5 million impressions (views) on social media through hundreds of posts and interactions. At one point, the #onHWS tour was trending in Canada as the second most popular topic on social media behind only the Trump inauguration. The purpose of the field trip was to encourage stable investment in hospital-based research and showcase the groundbreaking work underway at St. Joseph’s and London Health Sciences Centre.

A gift of art

He’s not a health care professional but Hendrikus Bervoets is contributing to the healing atmosphere at Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. Eighteen pieces donated by the local artist now hang in Southwest Centre, bringing pleasure to staff and patients alike. Matting and framing for the artwork was generously donated by Great Blue Heron Framing. 

Catching Problems Early

iSee, an innovative vision screening research program of St. Joseph’s Ivey Eye Institute is catching problems early for children ages 18 months to five years. The screening, which takes only seconds, detects amblyopia (lazy eye) and other eye conditions that can cause poor vision. At drop-in screening clinics held at multiple locations in the community, 3,253 children have been screened though iSee since it launched in September 2015. Of those, 205 children have been referred to an eye care specialist.

HIV treatment reaches London's most vulnerable

Access to crucial HIV/AIDS treatment has dramatically improved for marginalized individuals in London’s inner city through a partnership between St. Joseph’s and the London InterCommunity Health Centre. Through the partnership, many people have started on life-sustaining treatment who would otherwise not be followed for their HIV. With treatment, the virus becomes undetectable, helping the patient and also helping prevent transmission in the community.

Leave your mark on diabetes care

Individuals living with diabetes can leave their mark on the next wave in care by participating in research. In a new St. Joseph’s video, learn from diabetes researchers and patients alike about the personal benefits of taking part and the vital role research has played in the evolution of care. Your children and their children will thank you.

Staying connected to our roots

A history corner at St. Joseph's Hospital now houses several themed exhibits a year featuring medical artifacts and memorabilia that take us back in time at the hospital and St. Joseph’s Nursing School. Visitors can see how far health care has come, find awe in the achievements of some of London’s earliest medical pioneers, and view hospital life at a very different time. The exhibit space can be found in Zone A, Level 1, near the Richmond Street entrance.

Step-by-step through cataract surgery

Patients scheduled for cataract surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital can now know exactly what to expect before leaving home. A cataract surgery booklet and video steps patients though the surgery from the moment they arrive until they return home. The booklet is also available in French.

St. Joseph's Hospital, the movie

St. Joseph’s Hospital, the movie, launched in February starring staff, physicians and researchers in action as it happens in nearly every corner of the hospital. The three-part video, made possible through the support of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, provides a glimpse inside St. Joseph’s Hospital today as it forges a new era in care, teaching and research with nearly 400,000 patient visits a year and fewer than 30 beds.

Treatment that empowers

St. Joseph’s is paving the way in Southwestern Ontario to make Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) more accessible for older adults living with depression or other mood disorders. Shown to be as effective as antidepressants, PST empowers people to deal more effectively with challenges and stress that occur in everyday life. The therapy can be used in conjunction other treatments and medications, or provide an alternative for those who may be treatment resistant to medications.

We are the champions

Staff, physicians, volunteers, family and friends earned St. Joseph first place last summer in Canadian Blood Service’s Hospital Challenge. St. Joseph’s came out on top among 29 Ontario hospitals in blood donations per capita (hospital employee population) during June, July and August. The purpose of the annual challenge is to boost collections during a critical time in the need for blood.