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LHSC President & CEO Bonnie Adamson receives national Distinguished Service Award

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2011


        LHSC President & CEO Bonnie Adamson receives national Distinguished Service Award

 

LONDON, Ontario – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) President and Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Adamson has been awarded the Canadian College of Health Leaders College Award for Distinguished Service.

The College Award recognizes distinguished service in health care management. Ms. Adamson was selected by a committee of colleagues and peers from across Canada, and presented with the award at the 2011 National Awards Gala on June 5 at the National Healthcare Leadership Conference in Whistler, British Columbia.

"On behalf of LHSC's staff, physicians, volunteers and the board of directors, I congratulate Bonnie Adamson on receiving this prestigious award," said Peter Johnson, LHSC Board Chair. "Bonnie's breadth of knowledge and experience in health care management and her contributions to and support of safe and quality patient care, teaching and research are demonstrated each day on behalf of LHSC."

Ms. Adamson is a Fellow at the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is the Past Chair of the National Board of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and she has held positions on other Boards, such as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies (ICES), the Fanshawe College Health Sciences Advisory Board, and the Canadian Health Information Association Board.

Prior to joining LHSC in 2010, Ms. Adamson had been the president and CEO of North York General Hospital (8 years) and president and CEO of the Huron Perth Hospitals Partnership (4 years). She also previously worked at London Health Sciences Centre's Victoria Hospital for twenty years.

"We are truly honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Bonnie Adamson and all or our 2011 National Award Program recipients," said Ray Racette, president and CEO of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Founded in 1970, the Canadian College of Health Leaders is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to developing, promoting, advancing and recognizing excellence in health leadership.

 

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for more than 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca 

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For media inquiries contact:

Julia Capaldi 
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext.74772
Julia.Capaldi@lhsc.on.ca

 

After hours:

Call LHSC Switchboard at (519) 685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call


2011 President's Award for Innovation

Dr. Christopher Fernandes

2011 President's Award for Innovation

Chris FernandesDr. Chris Fernandes, chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and director of Quality of Medical Care at LHSC, is the inaugural recipient of the President's Award for Innovation.

Chris was nominated for his work as chair of the LHSC Surviving Sepsis Campaign and development of the London Sepsis Checklist. This initiative came out of a 2009 report from the Canadian Institute for Health and Information on hospital mortality ratios. The report recommended early recognition and care related to sepsis as a key area of improvement for hospitals across the country. At LHSC, sepsis represented the diagnostic category with the highest number of unexpected deaths.

In response to this report, Dr. Fernandes brought together a multi-disciplinary task force to develop an initiative aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality due to sepsis at LHSC. In February 2010, LHSC launched the Surviving Sepsis campaign which included a new checklist tool to increase early recognition and improve care of patients with sepsis.

Nominators describe Dr. Fernandes as an innovative thinker, always open to everyone's ideas and supportive of trying new approaches. His passion for change and improvement is apparent to all who have worked with him, and his results speak for themselves. With an original goal of reducing sepsis at LHSC by 25 per cent over five years, those results were exceeded within the first few months of the initiative.

"By modeling innovative thinking and providing the coaching, guidance and support required to implement new ideas, Dr. Fernandes paved the way for a new kind of approach to change and process improvement at LHSC," says Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO.

2011 President's Award for Leadership

Catherine Glover

2011 President's Award for Leadership

Catherine GloverCatherine Glover, director of Corporate Clinical Operations, is an occupational therapist by training with a master's degree in Public Administration, Catherine joined LHSC in April 2009. She is described as a leader who does not fear challenging the status quo, and has inspired many with her enthusiasm and ability to motivate others.

In one of her nomination letters, a colleague mentioned Catherine's genuine, authentic approach to finding out what makes people tick, and then looking for opportunities that will provide growth and development.

Building effective leaders to deliver results is a particular strength of Catherine's. This was highlighted recently by her work with both LHSC's transition to the Support Service Worker model and the establishment of the South West LHIN Patient Access "One Number" project. Catherine has been able to maximize outcomes through her development of leaders on her team, resulting in satisfied clients, partners and staff.

"Catherine takes the time to really listen to what her team members and the patients they care for have to say," says Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO. "Her team says that Catherine always puts her project teams at the forefront when celebrating successes and awards, so it is only fitting that they return the favour and celebrate Catherine for her own success."

 

2011 President's Award for Living Our Core Values - How We Work Together

Chris Harris

2011 President's Award for Living Our Core Values - How We Work Together

Chris HarrisChris Harris is the manager of the operating room at University Hospital, but he began his career at LHSC as a registered respiratory therapist in 1989.

Chris was nominated by colleagues from respiratory therapy, the operating room and intensive care as he has made an impressive impact in all of these areas. His nominators describe him as a quiet, effective leader who promotes excellence in his staff and colleagues by encouraging independent thinking.

After many years as the coordinator of respiratory therapy in the ICU, Chris took on the role of OR manager at UH last January. The position is described by colleagues as a difficult one, with the manager frequently dealing with complex and conflicting demands. Balancing budgets, resources and diverse roles and personalities from multiple disciplines, Chris has retained a unique ability to be congenial and approachable while quickly getting up to speed the standards, policies and procedures within the OR. In this new role, Chris has been able to actively encourage and motivate in several areas of change management, including championing the Surgical Safety Checklist which has become a part of his team's daily culture.

"Chris lives LHSC's core values of respect, trust and collaboration in every encounter he has, leading his team by example and empowering them to achieve personal and professional goals with hard work and determination," says Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO.

 

2011 President's Award for Living Our Core Values - How We Serve Our Patients

Sue Brighton

2011 President's Award for Living Our Core Values - How We Serve Our Patients

Sue BrightonSue Brighton has worked at LHSC for more than 30 years, most recently as nurse practitioner for the vascular surgery division at Victoria Hospital.

Those who nominated Sue describe her as the ideal candidate for the President's Award for Living Our Core Values – How We Serve Our Patients, noting that people like Sue come along once in a lifetime. Sue's nomination cited many examples from her colleagues and even a former patient to testify to how she lives our core values of respect, trust and collaboration in every interaction she has.

Some patients are admitted to hospital who are experiencing difficult financial circumstances, and often their clothes are in such a state they are thrown out once the patient is admitted. Over the years, Sue has developed a "clothes closet" full of used and new clothes to help those patients get a fresh start once they leave the hospital.

In another example of living our values, Sue helped a patient achieve his dream to attend his granddaughter's wedding. He had been in hospital for more than two months, and once Sue heard of his desire to be at the wedding, she organized a fundraiser to raise the money necessary for his medical transport and then accompanied him to the wedding on her own time to provide additional care and support. The transport attendants were so moved by Sue's dedication to this patient that they ended up donating their own time and services as well.

"Sue is described by her colleagues as a consummate guardian angel for her patients, truly living LHSC's core values of respect, trust and collaboration with every patient she helps," says President and CEO Bonnie Adamson.

Backgrounder - 2011 President's Award Recipients

Mary Helen Adams

2011 President's Award for Community Service

Mary Helen AdamsA physiotherapist in orthopaedic surgery at University Hospital, Mary Helen Adams has worked at LHSC for more than 20 years. For many of those years, she has also been a dedicated volunteer with The Arthritis Society.

Mary Helen has taken on a number of roles at The Arthritis Society, including a team captain and then community co-chair for their door-to-door campaign, as well as a committee member and co-chair of the Jewels and Jeans Gala. Dedicating significant amounts of personal time to these leadership volunteer roles, Mary Helen has been integral in raising more than $250,000 to support programs, education and research into rheumatoid arthritis.

Mary Helen has also helped to develop recruitment materials and processes as well as training, communication plans and recognition. One of her nominators, a colleague at The Arthritis Society, describes Mary Helen as a "dream volunteer," inspiring many other volunteers to become involved. Her spirit and dedication are also a daily inspiration to staff and clients of The Arthritis Society.

"Always quick to deflect credit to others, Mary Helen is described as an unsung hero who, in her own quiet way, makes a real difference in our community," says President and CEO Bonnie Adamson.

 

President’s Award Program recognizes the remarkable people at LHSC

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2011


President's Award Program recognizes the remarkable people at LHSC

 

LONDON, Ontario – Bonnie Adamson, President and Chief Executive Officer of London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 President's Awards, which include the established awards for Community Service, Living Our Core Values (How We Work Together andHow We Serve Our Patients) and Leadership, in addition to this year's new award for Innovation.

Mary Helen Adams, a physiotherapist in orthopaedic surgery, is this year's recipient of the President's Award for Community Service, recognizing her many dedicated years as a volunteer with The Arthritis Society. This award recognizes an individual at LHSC whose volunteer achievements have made a difference to the lives of people in our community.

Sue Brighton is the recipient of the President's Award for Living Our Core Values, How We Serve Our Patients. Brighton has worked at LHSC for 30 years, most recently as a nurse practitioner for the vascular surgery division at LHSC's Victoria Hospital.

Chris Harris, manager of the operating rooms at University Hospital, is the recipient of the President's Award for Living Our Core Values, How We Work Together. Both Brighton and Harris demonstrate our values of respect, trust and collaboration on a daily basis.

Catherine Glover, director of Corporate Clinical Operations since 2009 is this year's recipient of thePresident's Award for Leadership, which recognizes leaders at LHSC – both formal and informal – who make a significant difference to the effectiveness of the organization.

Dr. Chris Fernandes, chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and director of Quality of Medical Care at LHSC is the inaugural recipient of the President's Award for Innovation, nominated for his work as the chair of LHSC's Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

"LHSC is proud of all the remarkable individuals who are committed to improving the lives of our patients, our community, and our hospital environment. This year's President's Award recipients are no exception, and I am honoured to recognize them today," says Bonnie Adamson, President and Chief Executive Officer.

For more information on each recipient please see the backgrounder below.

Each winner's name now appears on the perpetual plaques honouring award recipients, located in the President's Gallery at both Victoria and University hospitals.

 

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For media inquiries contact:

Kelly Almond 
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext.77129
Kelly.Almond@lhsc.on.ca


Smiles and Fun for Sick Children. 19th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

MEDIA Advisory

For Immediate Release:

June 20 , 2011

Smiles and Fun for Sick Children
19th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic


(LONDON, Ontario) –The media is invited to attend the 19th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.

Volunteers, community sponsors and staff and physicians of Children's Hospital have joined together to create a fun-filled event for paediatric patients and their families.

Special guests include Dr. Beary Goode and the musical group "The Tomato Soup Band" and many other fun surprises.

Date:   Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Time:11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:

Children's Hospital 
London Health Sciences Centre 
800 Commissioners Rd. E.
Tim Hortons – Annex – 2nd floor

(Enter Building Entrance "E" Main Doors off the parking circle. Follow signs to Tim Hortons – 2nd floor)

 

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For more information contact:                                                                                    

Rachelle Wood
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
Children's Hospital 
London Health Sciences Centre
(519) 685-8500, ext. 77642
rachelle.wood@lhsc.on.ca

 

Celebrating New Beginnings - 2011 Annual Community Meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:

June 22, 2011

Celebrating New Beginnings
2011 Annual Community Meeting

(LONDON, Ontario) – Members of the media are invited to attend London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) 2011 Annual Community Meeting. Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO, will be reflecting on the past year and outlining plans for the future of the organization at her first Annual Community Meeting.

 
Date:June 22, 2011
Time:

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Media registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

Location:

London Health Sciences Centre

University Hospital

Auditorium A (B3-246)

339 Windermere Road, London, Ontario

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For media inquiries contact: 
Marek Kubow 
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 75155

Pager 14188 
marek.kubow@lhsc.on.ca

 


LHSC announces the opening of over 69 beds at 2011 Annual Community Meeting

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For Immediate Release:

June 22, 2011

LHSC announces the opening of over 69 beds at 2011 Annual Community Meeting

LONDON, Ontario – Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), announced the opening of 69 beds and the hiring of at least 150 full-time nurses since November 2010 at today's Annual Community Meeting. This includes the 21 short stay beds announced in May as well as beds in the surgery, medicine, paediatric and neonatal programs.


"I am pleased to announce that we are making important investments in our two priority areas – improving patient access and enhancing patient safety," said Adamson. "This new capacity will ease pressure on LHSC's emergency departments and in-patient units by making it possible to admit more patients into hospital beds more quickly."

In addition to these beds, LHSC is planning to invest growth funding to open another 38 beds by fall. This includes 11 mental health beds; three general paediatric beds; two neonatal intensive care beds; six surgery beds; and 16 medicine beds. Recruitment of full-time nurses will also continue. LHSC is working closely with the South West LHIN to finalize the planning and funding related to the increased bed capacity.


As well as the new beds, LHSC has allocated $1.2 million to open a Rapid Assessment Zone at VH's emergency department and $3.2 million to hire Infection Control Practitioners and to purchase equipment that will reduce turnaround time for lab tests used in the identification of infectious diseases, and new waste management equipment.


"Every dollar invested in patient access initiatives is an investment in infection safety, as occupancy rates impact infection rates," said Adamson. "Work is also underway to address patient flow processes in medicine, surgery and mental health, as well as coordinated work with our partners related to alternative level of care patients, who continue to occupy much-needed acute care beds."


The reinvestment in priority areas is possible as LHSC continues to achieve its commitment to stable financial health finishing the year with 4.8% positive margin. For the past several years LHSC has averaged a 2% to 3% surplus as per financial management best practice. The additional positive margin was due primarily to $15.9 million of growth funding (PCOP) related to the occupancy of the new North Tower at Victoria Hospital. This funding was received in the last quarter of the fiscal year.


LHSC has also developed a new vision to guide the organization into the future: Exceptional Experiences, Extraordinary People, and Engaging Partnerships. This vision corresponds to the renewed focus on patient safety and patient access.


"With such skilled, dedicated and caring people making up our organization, I know that LHSC is ready for new beginnings. We have the opportunity to build a great future based on a remarkable past," said Adamson.


The hospital's 2011 Report to the Community, including the consolidated financial statement, can be found at www.lhsc.on.ca or by calling 519-667-6760 to request a copy.


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About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca


For media inquiries contact:
Julia Capaldi
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772
Julia.capaldi@lhsc.on.ca

After-hours assistance: 
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call 


From London to Lima. LHSC physicians travel to Peru to help build an epilepsy centre

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

June 29, 2011

From London to Lima
LHSC physicians travel to Peru to help build an epilepsy centre


LONDON, Ontario - Dr. Jorge Burneo, neurologist, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), and Dr. David Steven, neurosurgeon, LHSC, have returned from a recent trip to Lima, Peru where they trained physicians to diagnose and treat epilepsy.


Peru has close to 30 million people, with an incidence and prevalence of epilepsy that triples that of Canada. In Canada, the prevalence of epilepsy is 4-5 per 1,000 people, but in Latin America, 18 per 1,000 are affected. Despite the large population and the amount of people with epilepsy, Peru does not have a comprehensive epilepsy surgery program.


"Our goal was and continues to be to help build an epilepsy centre in Peru," said Burneo. "They have the infrastructure, but we can share our logistical and surgical expertise."


Steven joined Burneo on the trip to Peru to conduct workshops and deliver lectures at the National Institute of Neurological Sciences, to the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Marins, the largest hospital in Peru, and to the Peruvian Neurology and Neurosurgery Societies.


"At LHSC we treat approximately 6,000 patients with epilepsy a year, which is a tremendous amount of experience we can offer to physicians in Peru" said Steven. "A goal of ours is to train physicians in epilepsy surgery."


Specifically, what Peru lacks is the surgical knowledge to help 30 per cent of all epilepsy patients that cannot be treated by medication. "This 30 per cent of patients have a poor quality of life," said Burneo.


Burneo has been travelling to Peru since 2008 when he gave workshops to neurologists on video-EEG (electroencephalogram), which measures electrical activity along the scalp to help diagnose seizures. By the end of the following year, they were running their own video-EEG units. Physicians in Peru are now using the video-EEG units to identify surgical cases.


Five physicians have also travelled to LHSC for observerships, lasting as long as three months. Four more physicians are schedules to visit later this year and in early 2012.


Burneo and Steven plan to return to Lima next year to assess the progress being made on the epilepsy program. In the meantime, they are taking advantage of video conferencing to continue their mentorship and work in Peru.


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About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca


For media inquiries contact:
Rachelle Wood
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 77642
Rachelle.Wood@lhsc.on.ca

Calling all knitters! LHSC recruiting knitters for Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness campaign

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

July 5, 2011

Calling all knitters!

LHSC recruiting knitters for Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness campaign


LONDON, Ontario - The Trauma program at London Health Sciences Centre's Children's Hospital is recruiting knitters to help raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Interested knitters are being asked to knit or crochet purple baby caps in any pattern or shade of purple, and to not include strings, pom-poms or wool on the baby caps.

The caps will be provided to parents and caregivers, in support of The Period of PURPLE Crying® program, which provides important information to parents and caregivers regarding infant crying patterns and comforting strategies, and education on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

"The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby's life when they cry more than any other time," says Denise Polgar, injury prevention specialist, LHSC. "We want everyone to know that crying is normal and that is never okay to shake or harm an infant."

Through a generous grant from the Children's Health Foundation in 2009, Children's Hospital was the first hospital in Ontario to adopt the Shaken Baby Syndrome education program in their mother/newborn unit. The program includes nursing staff providing individual education to each woman/family, including a take-home 11-page colour booklet and DVD, focusing on positive messages on coping with infant crying.

Completed caps can be mailed or dropped off by October 20, 2011 to:

Denise Polgar, injury prevention specialist
Trauma Program, Room E1-129
Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, ON N6A 5W9

A follow-up knitting event to raise further awareness about the Period of PURPLE Crying® is being planned for Fall 2011. 

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For media inquiries contact:
Rachelle Wood
Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 77642
Rachelle.Wood@lhsc.on.ca


Shaken Baby Syndrome Background:

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome is the violent shaking of an infant or young child and is preventable.
  • Shaking infants or young children is never acceptable.
  • Infants have the highest risk of being SBS victims during the first few months of life.
  • Research has shown that crying is the most common trigger to shaking. There are several common characteristics of this early infant crying that can be very frustrating to caregivers.
  • There are strategies to help caregivers cope with early infant crying.
  • An education program for parents during their hospital stay after the infant's birth can reduce the incidence of abusive head injuries.
  • Our education program at the time of the child's birth has the greatest capability of reaching the largest percentage of new parents in the community.
  • Parents educated with practical information are likely to share it with others.
  • Research on adult learning suggests that adults are more open to information when it gives them coping tips for life-changing events.


The program implemented at Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre is based on The Period of PURPLE Crying® — a program developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and designed by paediatricians, public health nurses, child experts and parents. A three-year randomized control trial, the gold standard of research, evaluated its effectiveness in changing knowledge and behaviours of parents.

London Health Sciences Centre welcomes new Board members

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

July 7, 2011

London Health Sciences Centre welcomes new Board members


LONDON, Ontario - London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors. LHSC Board chair, Peter Johnson, welcomed incoming members Dr. Colleen Hancyz, Mr. Tom Gergely, and Dr. Scott McKay (ex-officio member) at LHSC's Annual Community Meeting in June.


"We are excited to have Colleen, Tom and Scott join us at such an important time," said Mr. Johnson. "Their leadership skills, experience and acumen will help guide LHSC over the next few years. Their commitment to the mission and vision of LHSC will continue to position our hospital as a leader in our community, dedicated to safe and quality patient care."


"It is a pleasure to have been invited to participate in the governance of this leading healthcare institution," says Dr. Hancyz, principal of Brescia University College. "LHSC is known for making a significant difference in the lives of members of our community and I look forward to helping in the critical work of its Board in the coming days."


Dr. Colleen Hancyz is only the second lay principal in Brescia's history. Following several years in practice as a commercial litigator, Colleen served as an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Colleen is a leader and an educator, and she has practiced as a civil mediator for many years.


Tom Gergely is a vice president and national practice leader at Aon Hewitt. Tom brings a broad base of knowledge in the areas of human capital and risk management consulting, specializing in the areas of integrated absence management and human capital strategy. Tom also specializes in the health care, retail and manufacturing sectors and has served on LHSC's Finance and Audit committee since 2010.

Dr. Scott McKay is the site chief for the Department of Family Medicine at Victoria Hospital, and the vice-president of LHSC's Professional Staff Organization. Since 2008, he has worked at the Byron Family Medical Centre where he currently serves as the assistant centre director. Scott is also an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.


Also recognized at the June Annual Community meeting was outgoing member Dr. Ron Butler, who is past president of the Professional Staff Organization. As well, past chair Bob Siskind retired having served LHSC for over ten years.


LHSC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that consists of 22 board members. Fourteen community members are elected by LHSC members of the corporation and have a wide range of skills and experience. Eight ex-officio members sit as board members by virtue of their position of office. For a list of the current Board, visit LHSC's web site at http://www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/LHSC/Corporate_Information/index.htm

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For media inquiries contact:
Julia Capaldi
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772
Julia.capaldi@lhsc.on.ca

After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call.

University Hospital takes precautionary measures. Surgeries and appointments cancelled.

Public Service Announcement

For Immediate Release:

July 12, 2011

University Hospital takes precautionary measures

Surgeries and appointments cancelled 


(LONDON, Ontario) – Due to a lack of emergency backup power at London Health Sciences Centre's University Hospital, the hospital has cancelled all appointments, surgeries, and non-emergency services until backup power can be restored.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. today a water main failure occurred at University Hospital causing damage to power equipment and a partial loss of backup power. The hospital has 100% normal power.

Please note: the Emergency Department at University Hospital remains open.

Patients will be contacted to have their surgeries and procedures rescheduled.

LHSC will continue to provide updates. We regret any difficulty this situation may cause for patients.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For media inquiries contact:
Julia Capaldi
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772
Julia.capaldi@lhsc.on.ca

After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call.

University Hospital back to normal operations

Public Service Announcement

For Immediate Release:

July 13, 2011

University Hospital back to normal operations


(LONDON, Ontario) – At 12:20 a.m., the Code Grey was cleared for London Health Sciences Centre's University Hospital.

A new back-up generator has been installed and tested, and the hospital has returned to normal operations.

On Tuesday at approximately 11:00 a.m. a water main failure occurred causing damage to power equipment and a partial loss of backup power. The hospital continued to have 100% normal power.

All patients are asked to come to the hospital for their scheduled procedures and surgeries.


About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For media inquiries contact:
Julia Capaldi
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772
Julia.capaldi@lhsc.on.ca

After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call.

First cross continental surgeries broadcast in real time

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

August 2 , 2011

First cross continental surgeries broadcast in real time

 (LONDON, Ontario) – For the first time surgeons on the other side of the world are able to access the leading edge surgical teaching of London doctors through real time, interactive broadcasts.

The broadcasts are made possible through the use of RP-Vantage™. This secure Internet cloud-based technology from In Touch Health (Santa Barbara, CA, USA) enables real time training and collaboration via an interactive audio-video and informatics surgical telemonitoring platform. RP-Vantage™ can be used for remote training, preoperative planning, unscheduled procedures and includes video recording and image captures.

"There is an ongoing need for surgeon training and proctoring of new and complex techniques. There are also significant challenges and constraints with proctors and trainers traveling to distant locations to conduct in-person training," says Charlie Huiner, Vice President, Health Care Enterprises and Business Development, InTouch Health. "Our tele-collaboration solution enables experienced surgeons to mentor learning teams on new techniques, as well as collaborate on complex cases while addressing time and distance barriers, inefficiencies and costs of traditional models of surgeon education and training."

Dr. Bob Kiaii, cardiac surgeon and his team at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) were the first in the world to broadcast a surgery, a cardiac procedure observed by surgeons in Bucaramanga Columbia in June 2011. Dr. John Denstedt chair/chief of surgery for LHSC and St. Joseph's Health Care, London (St. Joseph's) demonstrated two urological procedures in July 2011 to 30 surgeons at the West China Hospital in Chengdu China and on July 25, surgeons in Brazil participated in another cardiac surgery.

Dr. Denstedt, a professor at The University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has been teaching surgical courses at the West China Hospital every 4-6 weeks for the past year through the Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR). Doctors from all over China have attended Dr. Denstedt's specialized training sessions and now, there is a technological platform to distribute teaching in a more efficient way.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for CSTAR and its affiliated health care group," says CSTAR's director John Parker. "Although surgeries have been broadcast before, there was never an opportunity for the receiving party to manipulate the camera, have instantaneous communication and ask questions."

In the future it may be possible to broadcast such sessions across an entire country by linking and networking centres. This technology will enable health care providers throughout the globe to enhance their quality of care and education in surgical techniques.

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About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca.

About St. Joseph's Health Care London
St. Joseph's Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre 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. St. Joseph's is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

About CSTAR
CSTAR is a collaborative research and education program of LHSC, the Lawson Health Research Institute, The University of Western Ontario and St. Joseph's.

About InTouch Health
InTouch Health provides complete telemedicine solutions and expertise that enable physicians to perform real-time consults with patients. Through a single portal, physicians can access a host of purpose-built, FDA-cleared telemedicine devices to provide care anywhere across the continuum: homes, clinics, ambulances, procedure rooms, EDs, ICUs and patient wards. The InTouch Health Remote Presence telemedicine network is powered through its SureConnect® cloud-based infrastructure providing unparalleled connection quality and reliability, interoperability, workflow imaging and documentation, and services and support. Wherever access to medical expertise is limited, InTouch Health's Remote Presence telemedicine solutions can effectively extend the physician's reach to manage patient care, thereby removing critical time and distance barriers. The Company has more than 400 hospital locations on six continents enrolled in its Remote Presence network for the delivery of telemedicine services such as stroke, critical care, cardiology, trauma, pediatrics, neonatology, psychiatry, language translation, and clinical education and surgical/procedure mentoring.

 

For media inquiries contact:                                                                                            

Kelsi Break

Communication Consultant

St. Joseph's Health Care, London

519-646-6100 ext. 64792

Kelsi.Break@sjhc.london.on.ca

Michele Martin

Communications Consultant

London Health Sciences Centre

519-685-8500 ext. 77062

Michele.Martin@lhsc.on.ca 

Contract awarded for phase three of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London redevelopment

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

July 14, 2011

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR
PHASE THREE OF LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE AND ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTH CARE, LONDON REDEVELOPMENT



LONDON, ON – Infrastructure Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph's Health Care, London (St. Joseph's) today announced the hospitals have signed a fixed-price contract with EllisDon Corporation, to build and finance the final phase of renovations at the two hospitals. Today's announcement also signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and construction can begin.


During construction, this project will create jobs and will provide an economic boost to London and the surrounding communities. Once complete, the redeveloped facilities will further enhance the level of care that both LHSC and St. Joseph's provide to the patients they serve.


Redevelopment of both LHSC and St. Joseph's will provide the community with modernized health care facilities that meet the latest infection prevention and control standards, and barrier-free features to improve accessibility to people with disabilities.


At LHSC, additional operating rooms are being constructed; the Department of Medicine and Allied Health Services are being consolidated and a Family Medicine/Palliative Care Inpatient Unit is being developed.


At St. Joseph's, a new addition and renovations to the existing facility will consolidate outpatient clinics, which will support the transition to becoming a leading teaching hospital in acute and ambulatory care.


The contract commits EllisDon Corporation to build and finance the final phase of the LHSC and St. Joseph's redevelopment project for $162.5 million. The contract guarantees a fixed price and a fixed delivery date for the final phase of the redevelopment project at the two hospitals. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2011.


The selection of EllisDon Corporation is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process that began in November 2010. The EllisDon Corporation team includes The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada which are providing financing of the project.


Infrastructure Ontario will post a copy of the Value for Money (VFM) report and the project agreement online at www.infrastructureontario.ca in the coming months.


Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with LHSC and St. Joseph's to redevelop the facilities, which will remain publicly owned and publicly controlled.


Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management; and providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.


Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.


Quotes:


Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Today's announcement illustrates the government's commitment to building modern health-care facilities that provide Ontarians with the services they need and deserve."


Hon. Chris Bentley, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney General and MPP for London West

"This is a significant project that will not only improve access and quality of patient care but stimulate the local economy by generating jobs in London and the surrounding communities."


Khalil Ramal, MPP for London – Fanshawe

"Today's announcement is an exciting achievement. Each step in this process brings us closer to building facilities that better support our model of care for the community."


Dave Crockett, Integrated Vice President Facilities Management, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London
"This is an exciting day. With the contract signed, shovels are now ready to hit the ground on the third and final phase of redevelopment project. Our staff, patients and community will benefit from the additional clinical care capacity this project delivers."


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Contacts:

Laura Dockstader

SJHC

519-646-6100 x42689

Michele Martin

LHSC

519-685-8500 x77062

Lyndsie York

Infrastructure Ontario

416-326-9368