Our Stories

Read the latest stories about what's going on at St. Joseph's Health Care London.

A woman reaching into the a shelving unit holding a vintage doctor's bag

A passion for our past

St. Joseph’s history is rich with the experience of compassionate care, innovative research and teaching the next generation of care providers. This illustrious legacy is woven into the fabric of St. Joseph’s and tangible in the artifacts on display in the current exhibit of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Nursing School Artifact Collection in the heritage exhibit space at St. Joseph’s Hospital. From needle-sharpening stones to portable electrocardiographs, the collection highlights the painstaking and pioneering efforts of St. Joseph’s physicians, scientists and nurses to put their patients first...
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Jasmine Devassy wearing a pink nurses top, standing by a monitor at Parkwood Institute

Realizing a dream in a new land 

Ever since she can remember, Jasmine Devassy has dreamed of being a nurse. She’s even chased that dream across the world. “I grew up in India, in a family of nurses,” says Jasmine. “My mom is a nurse, and so are two of my sisters.” Jasmine completed her registered nurse (RN) training in India in...
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a staff member showing thumbs up, standing behind a mound of bags full of paper towels

Harnessing the power of paper towels

Paper towels are often thrown into the garbage after use, but where do they go, and what is the impact on the environment? This is a question Environmental Services (EVS) at St. Joseph’s Health Care London recently tackled and the team has now found a solution that is eliminating paper towels from...
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Paul Garrett and his wife surrounded by his care team outside of Parkwood Institute

Partnering to improve care 

It took less than 30 minutes for Brenda Martin’s life to change forever. It was early one morning in 2019 when Brenda’s husband Paul asked her to call 911, saying he could no longer feel his legs. After days of testing, Paul was diagnosed with acute onset transverse myelitis, a rare neuroimmune...
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Jessica Kocur sitting on the rocky ground in a mountainous region of Argentina

From care journey to Care Partner

Trekking through the jungles of South America was a dream come true for Jessica Kocur. She was in her late 20’s when she decided to take the trip of a lifetime with now husband Chris. They hiked up and down mountains, climbed up to 4900 metre above sea level in the Andes and then down into the...
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portrait of Lori Higgs with text: Innovation, collaboration and generosity of spirit

A leader of distinction

Congratulations to Lori Higgs, St. Joseph's Vice President of Clinical Support and Chief Financial Officer, for being selected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA) – the profession’s highest mark of distinction. The designation of Fellow formally recognizes CPAs...
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Miranda Scott in motion on an climbing wall

A Little Fall to a Big Climb

Miranda Scott had big plans. She had just bought a house, was about to graduate from college for a second career, and was an avid rock climber, gardener and all-around exceptional athlete. It all ground to a halt when an accident in her home left her unable to walk. "I was panicked, in pain, and my...
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portrait of Patricia Hoffer with graphic that reads: "Making a difference in our community"

A mentor, connector and role model

Congratulations to Patricia Hoffer, Chief Communications Officer at St. Joseph’s and one of 11 individuals named to the annual Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List celebrating members of the London community who have made outstanding contributions to the city in various categories. Patricia was named for...
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