ConnectCare celebrating 25 years

May. 30, 2012

Since 1987 tens of thousands of people in Southwestern Ontario have lived safely and independently knowing help is available at the press of a button with the ConnectCare service.

Connect Care - celebrating 25 yearsTo celebrate ConnectCare’s 25th anniversary an open house on May 29 will feature subscriber testimonials, historical displays, and an intriguing new feature called AutoAlert that automatically detects when a person falls and sends a signal to the response centre. The event also features a presentation on ways to prevent falls, and how services like ConnectCare are invaluable if a fall does take place.

“ConnectCare is not just for older adults, but also ideal for people with disabilities or those who live alone and want the reassurance they can quickly reach someone in the event of an emergency situation,” says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

People like Mary Vernon, 71, who says ConnectCare is a comfort that gives her a sense of security and gives her family peace of mind.  Or 52 year-old Marg Dejongh whose parents know she’s safe with ConnectCare.

ConnectCare is a non-profit outreach service of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, located at Parkwood Hospital.


Photos of the 25th anniversary of ConnectCare
(click to view the full-screen slideshow in a new window)

Media are invited to attend the open house for interviews and photo opportunities (best time to attend: 11 am).

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Time: 10 am to 2 pm – special presentation by Dr. Gillian Kernaghan at 11 am
Location: Parkwood Hospital – Auditorium, 801 Commissioners Road East, London

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For more information contact:
Anne Kay, Communication, Parkwood Hospital
Phone: 519 685-4292 ext. 42470
Pager: 519 649-9238

St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading patient care, teaching and research centre in Canada with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct its research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Western University. Visit

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