Communicating With You: Spring 2013

St. Joseph's President and CEO Dr. Gillian provides an update on the accomplishments and future goals of St. Joseph's Health Care London

Dr. Gillian Kernaghan introduces St. Joseph's Strategic Plan 2012 | 2015

Spring 2013 video transcript:

Construction progress

As the warm weather arrives and you spend more time outdoors, you will notice some visible changes at our various sites. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, the corner of Grosvenor and Richmond Streets is now a blank slate on which we will now begin to build our new, accessible entrance. This is an exciting time as we redefine what it means to be a hospital. On this site, we are forging ahead with new models of outpatient care for complex medical and chronic disease, as well as minimally invasive and same day and short stay surgery.

At Parkwood Hospital, our new mental health facility is making excellent progress while in Central Elgin, the new Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health is set for a grand open in June.


While we continue to rejuvenate St. Joseph’s, our focus on performance remains paramount. During this quarter we had successes in key patient safety indicators, exceeding our target for hand hygiene compliance and our staff influenza vaccination rate with 56.5 per cent of staff receiving their vaccination. While we are proud of these accomplishments we continue to be vigilant and are looking to raise the bar once again in setting our targets for next year.

We also continue to focus on decreasing the number of staff injuries in our workplace and on the performance development of our leaders.

Recent highlights:

  • St. Joseph’s is proud to host two important events. The Breakfast of Champions raises critical awareness and funds for mental health program in the London Community. And the Southwestern Ontario’s first Bust a Move for Breast Health will be a high-energy fitness event to raise vital funds for out Breast Care Centre. St. Joseph’s plays a key role in both these important areas of care and I thank the community for taking part and making them a success.
  • We have two family education series getting underway:
       - A seven-week program for family members and friends of someone living with a mental health concern will take place Thursday evenings at Regional Mental Health Care London. Experienced family members, individuals with lived mental health experience and professionals will speak on various topics.
       - And at Parkwood Hospital, the Survivor and Family Education videoconference series is for Southwestern Ontario residents with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their family, friends and caregivers. The series runs on Tuesdays and is videoconferenced to hospital or community agencies across our region.


While we celebrate our success at St. Joseph’s we are also living with a new reality in government funding and have begun to implement our 2013-2104 budget that will result in $6.4 million in savings needed to balance the budget. As we navigate the changing fiscal landscape, however, we remain focused, as always on our mission to earn complete confidence in the care we provide and make a lasting difference in the quest to live fully. 


I value your feedback

As we look forward to the exciting changes in 2013, I continue to welcome your feedback. We take your feedback very seriously as we transform the care that we provide. Should you have any questions or comments, please use the feedback button on the website to provide feedback to us, or if you have questions use the "askgillian" button on the website.

Thank you.

As always, we are committed to the very best in health care and serving with respect, excellence and compassion.

We are committed to the very best health care.
Because we want to earn complete confidence in the care we provide,
and make a lasting difference in the quest to live fully.


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Last updated: Fri, 2016-02-19 13:08