Did You Know

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Beating more than 42,000 entries submitted from 96 countries, Dr. Don Gutoski, a physician in St. Joseph’s Urgent Care Centre and a talented wildlife photographer, was the 2015 winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Dr. Gutoski won for his image Tale of Two Foxes depicting the struggle for life in the subarctic of Cape Churchill, Manitoba.

The world’s best CT scanner

Lawson Health Research Institute has a new research CT scanner, the most advanced in Canada and one of only three in the world. Located at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the technology allows researchers to non-invasively visualize the heart more clearly than ever before to diagnose patients with erratic or high heartbeats.

The soul of St. Joseph’s

The heritage chapel at St. Joseph’s Hospital turned 100 in 2015, a historic milestone celebrated on June 11, 2015, when this sacred place re-opened after three years of safekeeping during construction at the hospital. This chapel, considered the soul of St. Joseph’s, has been refurbished to its original glory. 

The greening of St. Joseph’s Hospital

From a construction zone to an oasis, the grounds of St. Joseph’s Hospital are now a place of refuge to catch calm and quiet moments in a beautiful setting. The finishing touches, including an outdoor healing garden, were completed in June 2015 to create a park-like setting of greenery and gardens.

Stuffed to the brim with kindness

For the fourth year, staff, volunteers and clients of the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex spent months creating 153 hand-made Christmas stockings for inpatients at Parkwood Institute’s Mental Health Care Building. Stuffed with items and treats, the stockings brought cheer and eased the loneliness for those spending Christmas in hospital.

We listen. We care

The thoughts of patient, residents and families are reflected in St. Joseph’s refreshed Statement of Patient, Residentand Family Values. Members of patient, residents and family councils across the organization were asked about their care experience and what is most important to them. The updated statement was completed in July 2015. 

The power of peer support

A peer mentor is now available to individuals newly diagnosed with HIV. Through St. Joseph’s Infectious Diseases Care Program, the peer mentor offers a confidential, safe place to ask questions, help to understand HIV, and assistance in getting care, The service is easily accessed by calling 519-646-6000 ext. 61330.

A distinguished Canadian

Dr. Stewart Harris, Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Primary Care Diabetes Support Program, was among the new appointments to the Order of Canada announced on Canada Day 2015. A renowned researcher, Dr. Harris received the distinguished honour for his work to manage and reduce diabetes in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable populations.

Science at its best

Lawson Health Research Institute’s new website highlight’s the leading edge work of London scientists that are changing the health care landscape, here and around the globe. Be sure to follow their progress.

Concussion help a click a way

For people with persistent and debilitating symptoms of concussion, help is just a click away with new webpages developed by the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute. Aimed at empowering patients, family members and clinicians, this valuable site provides strategies to manage symptoms and handy links to resources and research.

Music awakens memories

One of the first Canadian screenings of the award-winning 2014 Sundance Film Festival documentary Alive Inside took place at St. Joseph’s Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day conference on May 6, 2015. The documentary follows Dan Cohen, who spoke at the conference, as he demonstrates music’s remarkable ability to restore a deep sense of self to those with memory loss. 

LEEDing the way

Parkwood Institute’s new Mental Health Care Building has officially attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The designation is granted to buildings that maintain a healthy indoor environment, operate with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and use energy efficiently. It’s the second St. Joseph’s facility to be recognized. Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care achieved LEED Gold in 2014.

In the top 10 – again

Lawson Health Research Institute once again ranked in the top 10 among Canada’s top 40 research, placing eighth in the country for 2015 with more than $113.3 million in research income in 2014.

Eye-opening research

An innovative vision screening research program of St. Joseph’s Ivey Eye Institute is catching problems early for children ages 18 months to four years. Called iSee Vision Screening Research Program, the screening detects amblyopia (lazy eye), takes only a few seconds, and is as easy as taking a picture.

Join in

With a click, family and friends of residents of Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care can see what activities are on tap at the facility for the month and join in anytime. Daily recreational activities such as art, music and horticultural therapy are available on therapeutic activities page for Mount Hope. Participation by loved ones is welcome and encouraged.

Allaying fears, improving the patient experience

Since it’s often the unknown that causes the most anxiety, Parkwood Institute is helping patients adjust to being in hospital even before they arrive. Videos were created for those being admitted to the complex care, rehabilitation and veterans care inpatient programs. There’s also virtual tour introduction videos for outpatients online.

Highest standing

Hitting the mark for 1,719 of 1,727 standards, St. Joseph’s received Accreditation with Exemplary Standing in October 2015. Accreditation Canada surveyors remarked on St. Joseph’s culture of caring and compassion, quality and safety, enthusiasm for the work we do and a commitment to continuous improvement.

A showpiece building

St. Joseph’s Hospital is a showpiece building in London, coming out tops at the 2016 Don Smith Commercial Building Awards. Among the highly acclaimed contenders was another St. Joseph’s site - Parkwood Institute’s Mental Health Care Building. 

A rising star

For the second time, Lawson Health Research Institute scientist Dr. Hon Leong was awarded a Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) Rising Star Award for his ground-breaking work in prostate cancer research. He will receive $450,000 over three years for a novel study aimed at curbing the spread of prostate cancer.