Our Stories

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

Leda in her sewing room

A lucky break

It was Leda Jarrett’s first ever broken bone and it has meant more than a year of recovery. Yet the 69-year-old is “happy as a clam” with what has happened since her fall. After an emergency room visit where the wrist fracture was diagnosed and treated, Leda was referred to the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) at St. Joseph’s Hospital for an appointment a week later. While registering, a clinician came to talk to her about her medical history and osteoporosis. Within minutes, she was undergoing a bone mineral density test, with the results ready for review at her HULC...
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Sock donations for the homeless

Socks are the most needed, but often the least donated items at homeless shelters. A pair of socks can make a big difference to someone who needs them—especially as the weather gets colder. This year, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Middlesex-Elgin Chapter partnered with...
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Dr Huynh

New physician in prostate care focused on the best patient outcomes

Dr. Melissa Huynh has always had an interest in surgery, but her interest in urology started as a second-year medical student working in a basic science lab. Upon the recommendation of a mentor, Dr. Huynh took his suggestion to heart and considered a career path in urology. “The scientist overseeing...
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40 years of caring

St. Joseph's Service Recognition Program is a celebration of the dedication and commitment of our staff, physicians and volunteers. This year more than 700 recipients were recognized for reaching career milestones with St. Joseph’s. In lieu of holding our typical corporate events, this year each...
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Genevive Fisher

Striking the right note

Canadian Country star Genevieve Fisher serenades staff and physicians at St. Joseph’s with a virtual concert in support of employee giving campaign, Share the Spirit. Thank you to Canadian Country star Genevieve Fisher for providing an exclusive, one-of-a-kind virtual concert on Nov. 9 for St...
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fall prevention logo

Tips for preventing falls at home

For Canadian seniors, falls are one of the leading cause of fatal injuries. November is Fall Prevention month. At St. Joseph’s, your safety is important to us. Here are some tips for preventing falls at home. Tips for preventing falls at home Eat well, stay fit and use a walking aid as recommended...
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pink building at night

Your Donation Matters this Christmas

Season of Celebration launched with a single question from the care-giving team, “How can we make Christmas a little brighter for those in our care, who can’t go home for the holidays?” What started as a small and thoughtful initiative 30 years ago, has grown into a special fundraiser that the...
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Bill and Iris Season of Celebration

Your Donation Matters to Bill and Iris

Life has been an adventure for 100-year-old Bill Thomson and his wife Iris, 98. For starters, Bill has a bridge named after him in the Dutch city of Genemuiden. It’s in honour of the brave Canadian soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands in 1945. As a young sergeant, Bill was the first to cross...
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Students helping stroke patients with unique kits

When learning that people suffering from strokes were being negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, third year science students from Western University Varunaavee Sivashanmugathas and Ganathyashan (Yashan) Chelliahpillai acted fast. “We had heard how patients with strokes were struggling...
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Veterans memorial at Parkwood Institute during autumn

The 2020 Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Heroes donor recognition society recognizes donors who support of Veterans Care at Parkwood. Donors to this special group are added each year to the Hall of Heroes donor wall located at Parkwood, and a stewardship event is hosted to recognize new/moving members and share with donors the...
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