Transfer of perinatal and NICU services in London is complete

Jun. 05, 2011

The last baby has been born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London. Arriving at 11:44 pm on June 4, a little boy was born to first-time parents Courtney Micks and Jesse Russell of London.  In a timely and touching gesture, the couple has named the infant Joseph in honour of the hospital.  His arrival came just hours before moving day for the perinatal care program, making this newborn an important part of St. Joseph’s legacy of life and love.

Courtney Micks and Jesse Russel - with nurse Denise Harwood - and their newborn son: the last baby born at St. Joseph's HospitalA little overwhelmed by all the fuss and attention, the proud dad said, “We’re honoured and thankful to have the last baby born at St. Joseph’s.”  

For more than a century, St. Joseph’s Hospital has been a centre of excellence in the care of women and newborns. On June 5, this long and illustrious tradition of care came to an end when the perinatal program moved across town to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) as part of health care restructuring in London. This transfer to much needed new, state-of-the-art space now brings together all obstetrical and neonatal services in London.

Moving with the program is the excellence and compassion that expectant and new parents have received for more than 100 years at St. Joseph’s in the caring hands of highly specialized physicians and staff.

“The arrival of this last baby to be born at St. Joseph’s Hospital is extra special for our physicians, staff and volunteers,” says St. Joseph’s President and CEO Dr. Gillian Kernaghan.  “Courtney, Jesse and their newborn son will forever hold a special place in the history of our organization. We celebrate this new life with the family and wish them all the very best for a happy, healthy future.”

St. Joseph's Health Care London staff wave to the last mothers and babies as they leave St. Joseph's HospitalWith the transfer of St. Joseph’s perinatal program to LHSC, the delivery of obstetrical and neonatal care in the city of London forever changed. In a little under four hours, 38 patients, including 23 neonatal infants, were safely moved from St. Joseph's Hospital to the new, purposefully-built facility at LHSC’s Victoria Hospital. The successful completion of the transfer marked a significant milestone for both hospital organizations.

Move day was one of great change for St. Joseph’s, said Dr. Kernaghan. It represented years of planning and collaboration, “as well as a conclusion to what was an emotional journey for many of our staff, patients and families. We are proud to have passed on a world-class program to LHSC and look forward to the many exciting changes that the next phase of redevelopment will bring at St. Joseph’s.”

The consolidation of the perinatal programs at Victoria Hospital is part of a larger acute care redevelopment project that has been taking place across the city’s hospitals that is commonly referred to as Milestone 2, Phase 2 (M2P2) restructuring.

Laurie Gould, vice president, patient centred care, LHSC, thanked all staff, physicians and move partners for making the safe transfer possible. “I’m pleased to announce that we are now together in a beautiful new space that will allow us to provide an exceptional care experience for women, babies and families, today and for future generations to come.”

The safe and seamless transfer of patients, staff and equipment could not have been possible without the participation of the extraordinary move teams that consisted of staff and physicians from both organizations, Health Care Relocations, Middlesex-London EMS, Voyageur Patient Transfer Services and Campbell Bros Movers.

Xander McFadden, who was born at St. Joseph's Hospital, got up at 6:30am to thank St. Joseph's perinatal care staff including Dr. Renato Natale, city-wide chief of obstetrics
Xander McFadden, who was born at St. Joseph's Hospital, got up at 6:30am to thank St. Joseph's perinatal care staff including Dr. Renato Natale, city-wide chief of obstetrics

An NICU patient was the final baby to be transferred from St. Joseph's Hospital to Victoria Hospital
An NICU patient was the final baby to be transferred from St. Joseph's Hospital to Victoria Hospital

 

Read about the successful perinatal and NICU care transfer and the farewell celebrations

View all the video and photo coverage from the June 5, 2011 perinatal care move


Stories of life and love

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Everyone is invited to read personal stories sent in by those who were born, gave birth at and contributed to the care of women and children. These stories represent the legacy of life and love during the 100-year history of perinatal care at St. Joseph's Hospital - where more than 100,000 babies were born. Through words, video or photos and help create a tribute to perinatal care at St. Joseph’s.

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