Celebrating surgical innovation at St. Joseph’s Hospital: Tribute 2012 celebrates surgical achievements past, present and future

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Sep. 13, 2012

From a simple yet proud beginning nearly 125 years ago, to its world-class surgical reputation for surgical advancement and discovery, St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s surgical innovation – past, present and future – will be celebrated at this year’s Tribute Dinner.

On Sept. 13, at the London Convention Centre, Tribute will honour the medical pioneers who helped establish St. Joseph’s reputation in surgical care and created a unique environment for ongoing innovation to advance surgical practice around the world.

St. Joseph’s is responsible for a number of surgical firsts that have changed surgical technique and process worldwide. High-tech innovations in robotic surgery, use of laser and shock waves in the treatment of kidney stones, and the design of surgical implants in specialized hand and upper limb surgery are among some of the advancements for which St. Joseph’s is known.

“It’s important to pay tribute to those who envision possibilities and make them happen,” says Murray Faulkner, Chair of Tribute 2012 Committee. “Tonight we take a look back at this spirit of leadership and innovation and look ahead to the next, exciting era of surgical care already emerging at St. Joseph’s.”

The night will also honour London’s Callaghan family, who has played an important role in the growth and development of patient care at St. Joseph’s for over three generations. The family’s original connection to St. Joseph’s was through Dr. Vincent Callaghan, a former Chief of Staff who served his entire medical career at St. Joseph’s.

“As Chief of Surgery in the 1950s, Dr. Callaghan had a profound impact on surgical activities and brought special leadership strength to the technical training of surgical residents as they honed their surgical skills,” says Michelle Campbell, Foundation President and CEO. “The drive to improve patient care by pioneers like Dr. Callaghan continues to inspire the training of today’s surgeons and foster development of the next steps in surgical innovation and innovative technologies at St. Joseph’s. The incredible developments at St. Joseph’s renowned Hand & Upper Limb Centre and its Mechatronics Laboratory continue that tradition of progress and will also be featured.”

The evening also includes a special musical performance by New York-based group Naturally 7, who created a sensation as the opening act for Michael Bublé during his 2010 tour, an impressive silent auction, which contains Canadian band Rush collectables, and a fascinating display of historical medical and surgical items on loan from Museum London.

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For more information contact:
Douglas Grant, Manager, Marketing and Communications
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
519 646-6085, ext. 64590
douglas.grant@sjhc.london.on.ca

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation gathers, grows and grants philanthropic funds to enable St. Joseph’s Health Care London to pursue excellence in care, teaching and research. Through donor support, the foundation contributes to advances in the delivery of patient care, specialized equipment, research initiatives and capital funds at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas and Lawson Health Research Institute. As one of the largest charitable organizations in Southwestern Ontario, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation is an accredited member of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Trustmark Program, which recognizes the foundation’s commitment to ethical fundraising and donor accountability.

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