St. Joseph’s Breast Care Centre officially opens

May. 24, 2012

It’s another breast care milestone for London. The Breast Care Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital is now complete, creating an innovative setting for patient care and collaboration among care providers.

The exciting final step in the consolidation of breast imaging, diagnostic and surgery services at St. Joseph’s Hospital recently took place with the move of all mammography and breast ultrasound into the new Breast Care Centre. With this move, St. Joseph’s dynamic, interdisciplinary breast care team of surgeons, radiologists, medical radiation technologists, nurse navigators, advanced practice nurses, social workers, volunteers and others are now located in one, specially designed space where they work side by side. A one-number central referral and triage process streamlines access to care and reduces wait times for women most in need.

the opening of the Breast Care Centre

“We have created an innovative setting that enables the imaging and clinical teams to come together in common, purpose-built space to focus on the individualized care needs of each patient as well as the best in teaching and research,” explains Karen Perkin, vice president, acute and ambulatory, professional practice/ chief nurse executive. “While patient volumes have grown 40 - 50 per cent since amalgamation, we continue to reduce wait times within existing resources while enhancing the patient experience. St. Joseph’s now has among the highest volumes of breast care patients of all centres in Ontario.”

Beginning in the fall of 2010, the consolidation of breast imaging, diagnostic and surgery services was spearheaded by leaders and teams at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s and supported by the South West Local Health Integration Network — a  partnership initiative to improve the overall journey of care that today, one in nine women in the region will need.

“This very unique centre is a significant achievement made possible by the collective will of those who provide breast care in London’s hospitals to do things better and more efficiently for those facing a diagnosis of breast cancer,” says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, St. Joseph’s President and CEO. “With our partners, we are working to provide women and men with exceptional care throughout the entire breast care journey.”

"We congratulate St. Joseph's on the opening of this innovative new centre,” says Bonnie Adamson, London Health Sciences Centre President and CEO. “Today, we celebrate another example of how our hospitals integrate care to improve the overall journey for patients. Working together with our radiation and chemotherapy treatment programs at London Regional Cancer Program, patients will receive a personal treatment plan coordinating services across both hospitals."

The new space – which totals 6,500 square feet - was officially opened and blessed on May 24. Also at the opening, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation announced its first Bust a Move for Breast Health event – a six-hour fitness extravaganza expected to attract more than 500 participants and raise significant funds to support needs in the new centre. Set for April 6, 2013 at the London Convention Centre, and part of a national network, the London event is also a first for Southwestern Ontario.

the kickoff of Bust a Move for Breast Health

“Bust a Move is an exhilarating event that empowers participants to make a difference and really enjoy themselves at the same time,” says Michelle Campbell, foundation president and CEO. “Those in our community ‘bustin a move’ for breast care will help ensure we can provide all that the new Breast Care Centre needs.”


For more information, contact:
Dahlia Reich, Consultant
Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 65294

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care London is 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 their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. Every year, nearly 600,000 patient visits are made to St. Joseph’s, where about 9,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. For more information, visit

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