Our Stories

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

older couple walking through the woods

Life-long partnership lives on through research

Marcel and Louise Brunette were partners for life. They are remembered as a quiet, hard-working, down-to-earth couple, who often exhibited their love, respect and admiration for each other through the smallest of touches and the widest smiles. St. Joseph’s Health Care London played an important role in their lives for decades beginning in the early 1970s when Marcel spent a year in the hospital in critical condition. Years later the Brunettes would receive care from various programs at the Hospital. And it was because of this care that the Brunettes left their estate to St. Joseph’s. Their...
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Fanshwae students Chieh-Lin Huang and Pablo Jimenez-Lopez

Students bring youthful expertise to St. Joseph’s stores

Hospital gift shops are not usually seen as hip places to hang out, but thanks to a unique partnership with Fanshawe College (Fanshawe), the stores across St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s) are looking and feeling trendy. While the organizations six retail stores were closed for various...
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student engineering team

Engineering a better tomorrow

From the classroom to the real-world, Western University engineering students recently teamed up with staff from St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute to design medical devices that help solve present-day patient care issues. The first-year engineering students are part of an innovative course offered at...
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Dr. Adam Dukelow

A lifelong passion to serve and a focus on family

When asked why he became a physician, Dr. Adam Dukelow’s face lights up. His answer is brief, but filled with meaning, “to serve people.” Read below to learn more about St. Joseph’s new Vice President Medical and Academic Affairs and his plans for the role. When did you first know you wanted to be a...
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Kersten and her care team

From fear to freedom

“The first emotion I remember feeling was fear. I was 5 or 6 years old and I had surgery to put tubes in my ears. That was my first conscious memory and fear ended up being at the centre of most of my life,” recalls 38-year-old Kersten as she sits in her living room surrounded by her baseball cap...
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Alex Wu

The warmth of compassion

Missing out on his grandfather’s final days, Alex Wu finds meaning in his role as a volunteer on the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Institute. Alex Wu wasn’t able to be with his grandfather when he died, missing a final goodbye that stays with him today. The fourth-year medical sciences student at...
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Dr. Gonder, Kim Spriet and Dr. Sheidow embracing each other

Run for Retina Research finishes final leg of the race

After pouring their heart and ‘sole’ into Run for Retina Research, race organizers Kim and Paul Spriet put on their fundraising shoes for the final time during the 20th annual Run for Retina on Sunday, April 16, 2023. “We’ve had an incredible time raising funds for a cause that is so close to our...
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St. Joseph's Volunteers Cy and Nathalie

Finding friendship and connection through volunteering

For Cyril (Cy) Hartland and Nathalie Ross, volunteering at St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a lifestyle. Between the two of them, they spend five—sometimes six—days a week at one of the organization’s facilities. Every day looks a bit different, with Cy and Nathalie filling various volunteer roles...
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Champions of all that sets St. Joseph’s apart

They fill very different roles yet all stand out to their colleagues as inspirational, passionate, transformative, ingenious, empowering and a champion of all that sets St. Joseph’s apart. These are just some of the descriptives of this year’s Sisters of St. Joseph Awards for Excellence recipients...
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