Year in Review: Top stories of 2016

Top stories of 2016

We take a look back at some of the most read stories at St. Joseph's London during 2016.


Hand muffs for dementia

What started as a search for a worthwhile project for a knitting group at St. Joseph's to pursue in their leisure time, is resulting in creations that soothe and calm people with dementia. What is a therapeutic hand muff?
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 therapeutic hand muffs


A legacy of love

Even at the age 102, Vince Wise, a veteran at Parkwood Institute, can still sing a love song that would capture any girl’s heart.
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Nursing Excellence Awards

The annual event acknowledges individuals who have been nominated by their colleagues, for their dedication to exceptional care and also awards nurses who are pursuing further education with some financial assistance through bursary grants.
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Nursing excellence and bursary awards


Remember Yesterday, Care Today: Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day, we pause to reflect on the sacrifices of those who served our country in years gone by, and those who serve our country today. Here are the stories of two veterans we are honoured to care for in the Veterans Care program at Parkwood Institute.
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Remembering the brave sacrifices

At 96-years-old Larry is one of only 18 remaining members of Canada’s soldiers sent to Hong Kong. His message to all for Remembrance Day and every day, “Don’t forget the war because it’s a terrible thing.”

Honouring our heroes through care

The number of Canadian veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has almost tripled since 2007. Corporal George Myatte of the Royal Canadian Regiment is one of those veterans. "We have a tremendous amount of history in this country and heroes we should remember."
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Nobody wants to talk about it

Suicide prevention and mental health advocate Thomas Telfer shares his story to help raise awareness.
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Thomas Telfer walking


A fresh start - Family Medical and Dental Centre renovated

It’s bright. It’s fresh. It’s up-to-date.
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family medical and dental centre


Because everyone deserves the chance to chase their dreams... we support them.

Four-time Paralympian David Willsie has never let his circumstances get in the way of his passion for sports. Two weeks after suffering a spinal cord injury in a hockey game in 1995, Willsie came to Parkwood Institute (then Parkwood Hospital) for rehabilitation. He credits the team at Parkwood Institute with helping him get back to what he loves – playing rugby.
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David Willsie


Improving cancer services across the region

Two St. Joseph’s physicians are playing a key role in shaping cancer services in the region, particularly for women, with their appointment to the clinical leadership team of the South West Regional Cancer Program.
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Regional cancer lead physicians


Awarding extraordinary mission leadership

Demonstrating “extraordinary" leadership, vision and commitment during a time of tremendous transformation to health care in London, Dr. John Denstedt is the first recipient of the newly named Kathy Burrill Leadership in Mission Award, one of the President's Awards for Leadership.
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Dr. John Denstedt


A different world in the heart of London

During February and March, three St. Joseph’s staff members became a mini mobile medical team in response to an urgent request by the South West LHIN for help in meeting the health care needs of London’s Syrian refugees. As they neared the end of their secondment, the following is how the three described their experience and what it has meant to them.
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A different world in London


Rooted in Recovery

What’s old is new again – it’s an idiom you wouldn’t expect to be true in health care. But it is. At Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care in Central Elgin, a program for patients is reminiscent of pioneering practices from more than 70 years ago.
 
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Rooted in recovery


Putting the gleam in clean

It was an uplifting day as Elvis, played by Rev. Matt Martin, made his way through several St. Joseph’s sites spreading the word during Infection Control Week.
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Elvis raises awareness of hand hygiene

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