Our Stories

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

Christopher Lincoln

From film to focus

On the cusp of graduating from the Advanced Photography Program at Fanshawe College in 1990, Christopher Lincoln was offered an out of the blue proposition. “Who wants to work in a hospital?” a program instructor asked the group of budding photographers. Not knowing exactly what it would mean for someone with his skills and training, Christopher raised his hand. That decision would be the catalyst for his 34-year-and-counting career in Ophthalmology at St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s). As it turns out, St. Joseph’s Ivey Eye Institute was looking for someone who was knowledgeable...
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ashley camden and jeanette lydestad

Fueling lifelong learning

Working as a nurse for more than 35 years, Jeannette Lydestad, RN, has taken many opportunities to further her education. “Learning new things always keeps your mind active and young,” she says. Recently, Jeannette realized her family needed the security of a full-time role – something not available...
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A woman (Tricia) leaning up against a glass railing

Finding the strength

Tricia never expected she’d be starting the fight of her life when she went to St. Joseph’s for a routine mammogram. There were no signs that anything was wrong – she didn’t feel a lump. But her mother had faced breast cancer before, and Tricia asked her doctor to sign her up annual mammograms just...
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A man (Neil Pasricha) standing on stage at a podium

The 2024 Breakfast of Champions was worth waking up for

If there’s one word to describe the 2024 Breakfast of Champions, it’s this one: awesome . An excited crowd of close to 1,200 people woke up early and came together at RBC Place London on Tuesday, May 7 for this year’s event. It was a high-energy morning spent celebrating people making a difference...
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St. Joseph’s nurses making a difference

As we mark National Nursing Week May 6 - 12, St. Joseph’s recognizes the 1,400 hard working nurses for the significant work they do and the integral role they play in the health care system. The Canadian Nurses Association theme this year is ‘Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.' We acknowledge nurses’...
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Sean and Claudette at Southwest Centre

A day in the life of the Forensic Rehabilitation Team

The overnight nurses complete a handover of care to the nurses starting the day-shift – reporting on how patients did overnight – medication is administered, and breakfast is served to patients. By 8:30 am, the unit’s care station is filled with a flurry of activity. The clinical team gathers to...
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Navpreet Kaur, RN

Caring for the body and mind

For Navpreet Kaur, a seasoned registered nurse in the Endoscopy Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital, taking care of a patient’s physical illness is only part of a nurse’s responsibilities. After 17 years of nursing, she understands that listening to a patient and their families, answering their...
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Luana Viernes, RN

No boundaries for compassion

International borders do not exist when it comes to delivering compassionate care as a nurse. No one knows that better than Luana Viernes, a registered nurse trained in the Philippines, who worked in Saudi Arabia and now cares for residents at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care. Luana participated...
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