A 'Furst' in Protecting Feet
The numbers are startling. Half of all limb amputations in Ontario are directly related to diabetes. Of those, 85 per cent are a result of a foot ulcer (breakdown of the skin) that won't heal...Read More about A 'Furst' in Protecting Feet
A One-Two-Punch in Rehabilitation Success
When you walk past the Geriatric Day Hospital at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute, you might do a double-take when you see Diane Jamieson, 78, donning her boxing gloves to throw a double jab...Read More about A One-Two-Punch in Rehabilitation Success
The Best Person for the Job – Hands Down
Expertise in hand therapy and a "handy" Indian accent creates the perfect formula for teaching in South Asia...Read More about The Best Person for the Job – Hands Down
Breathing in the Benefits of Fitness
Not long ago, Jim Kenny, 74 described himself as fragile and "in desperate shape." He couldn't walk to the end of his lane, was depressed with no social life and dwindling independence...Read More about Breathing in the Benefits of Fitness
Beyond the Classroom
Hockey sticks and shin guards have become part of the weekly routine for residents at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, along with several energetic medical students...Read More about Beyond the Classroom
It's Okay to Ask for Help
Struggling with persistent thoughts of suicide, a young woman in the care of psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Northcott was at risk of harming herself. She had been hospitalized multiple times for prolonged periods due to mental illness and was struggling to cope...Read More about It's Okay to Ask for Help
Redefining the End-of-Life Journey
When Doug Del Net was nearing the end of his life in December 2017, he and his wife Barbara made a decision. His final days would be spent at Parkwood Institute with the support and compassionate care provided by the Palliative Care Unit...Read More about Redefining the End-of-Life Journey
Transformative Surgery Saves Breasts, Improves Survivorship
Stephanie Wilds was 45 when diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in both breasts. In the past, she would have endured a double mastectomy. Instead surgical oncologist Dr. Muriel Brackstone was able to remove the cancer, and save her breasts...Read More about Transformative Surgery Saves Breasts, Improves Surivorship
A Legacy of Care
In 2019, St. Joseph’s Health Care London marks 150 years since the founding of its oldest site – Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care. Today, Mount Hope is part of a large and distinguished family that also includes St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Institute, and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. As one of Canada’s most unique academic health care centres playing a vital role in the health and wellbeing of London and far beyond, St. Joseph’s celebrates an illustrious legacy of faith and caring now 150 years strong.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Opens
In the late 1880s, a government inspector, impressed by Mount Hope’s caring community, encouraged the founders to open a hospital in London. For $7,500, they obtained an old home close to Mount Hope. On Oct. 15, 1888, St. Joseph’s Hospital opened with 10 beds, four doctors and three nursing staff.
A Growing Legacy
By 1948, after five major additions to its building, St. Joseph’s Hospital could accommodate 300 patients and employed 330 staff members. By now, St. Joseph’s was a major referral centre within Southwestern Ontario, and had signed a formal agreement with Western University to be recognized as a teaching hospital.
More Than 100,000 Births
Already known as a place where babies were born, St. Joseph’s Hospital pioneered a perinatal unit for high-risk pregnancies in 1967, where miracles happened. Over 100 years, more than 100,000 babies were born at St. Joseph’s Hospital before the perinatal program transferred to London Health Sciences Centre in June 2011.