Jun. 05, 2011
The last baby born at St. Joseph’s has been named after the hospital. Arriving at 11:44 pm on June 4, weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces, a little boy was born to first-time parents Courtney Micks and Jesse Russell of London. In a timely and touching gesture, the couple has named the infant Joseph in honour of the hospital. His arrival came just hours before moving day for the perinatal care program, making this newborn an important part of St. Joseph’s legacy of life and love.
The infant was delivered by Dr. Renato Natale, city-wide chief of obstetrics, who delivered several babies at St. Joseph’s on June 4 in what turned out to be a busy final day for staff in the Family Birthing Centre and Mother Baby Unit.
For more than a century, St. Joseph’s Hospital has been a centre of excellence in the care of women and newborns. On June 5, this long and illustrious tradition of care came to an end when the perinatal program moved across town to London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital as part of health care restructuring in London. This transfer to much needed new, state-of-the-art space now brings together all obstetrical and neonatal services in London.
Moving with the program is the excellence and compassion that expectant and new parents have received for more than 100 years at St. Joseph’s in the caring hands of highly specialized physicians and staff.
“The arrival of this last baby to be born at St. Joseph’s Hospital is extra special for our physicians, staff and volunteers,” says St. Joseph’s President and CEO Dr. Gillian Kernaghan. “Courtney, Jesse and their newborn son will forever hold a special place in the history of our organization. We celebrate this new life with the family and wish them all the very best for a happy, healthy future.”
As memento of this historic moment, the couple was presented with a large basket of special keepsakes and gifts made possible through the generous donations of corporate sponsors.