St. Joseph's Hospital marks big step in new role

A new central outpatient area officially opens

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St. Joseph's Hospital has reached an important juncture in a new era for the 125-year-old hospital. On October 10, a central outpatient area officially opens representing a growing role focused on chronic disease management, an innovative philosophy and approach to providing care, and an exciting future.

The 42,000 square-foot outpatient area, located in Zone B, Level 3, was formerly home to the Perinatal Program, which transferred to London Health Sciences Centre in June 2011. The space has been completely transformed into a unique environment for outpatient treatment of complex medical and chronic disease.

Several vital ambulatory medicine programs and services are now housed in the purpose-built space. They include the: Allergy and Immunology Program; Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program; Infectious Diseases Care Program; Lung Diseases Program (including the Asthma Centre and Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Program); Pain Management Program; Pulmonary Function Lab; and Cardiovascular Investigation Unit.

"This day has been a long time coming and marks a significant milestone for St. Joseph's, London and beyond," says Karen Perkin, Vice President, Acute and Ambulatory, Professional Practice and Chief Nurse Executive. "It's about much more than the opening of a grand, bright new space. One in five Canadians is living with chronic disease and the numbers are growing. So too is the burden of chronic illness - on people's lives, on the economy, and on the health care system. This is a critical area of focus whose time has come."

The programs located in Zone B, Level 3 see a total of 36,400 patients every year. Patients range from infants to people well into their 90's. The opening offered a chance for guests to tour the new space and learn how the programs and expert teams are making a difference in the lives of patients.

"The opening of our new central outpatient area is just one example of St. Joseph's enduring commitment to rise to new challenges, to recreate ourselves to ensure relevant, timely, exceptional care to patients in London and Southwestern Ontario," says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Care London. "With the opening of such new spaces, with a willingness to go in new directions, we are building on our illustrious history of excellence, care and compassion to redefine hospital care."

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For more information:
Dahlia Reich, Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph's Health Care London
519 646-6100 ext. 65294, pager 10117

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