Connie Beaudin

Year in Review 2008–2009

APRIL: Inpatient Gynecology scores top marks
The Inpatient Gynecology staff members celebrated their Picker survey results of 100 per cent for overall patient satisfaction for the period of October 2006 to March 2007. In fact, they were the high performing Gynecology IP Unit in Ontario, exceeding the Ontario teaching hospital average of 93.6 per cent and the LHSC corporate inpatient average of 95.5 per cent.

MAY: Celebrating 25 years of helping families conceive
During Canadian Infertility Awareness Week in May, The Fertility Clinic at LHSC celebrated 25 years since its inception. The Fertility Clinic program has helped families give birth to more than 4,000 babies.

JUNE: LHSC and St. Joseph’s win national award for energy and environmental stewardship
In June, LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London received the 2008 Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives. This award recognizes a progressive health care organization that has implemented programs that demonstrate environmental responsibility through the reduction of energy usage, the preservation of natural resources and effective waste diversion solutions.

JULY: World first robot assisted intestinal surgery for SMA syndrome
On July 30, LHSC posted another pioneering procedure, the world’s first robotically-assisted intestinal bypass surgery for a patient with superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome, also known as Wilkie’s syndrome. By using the da Vinci® robot, Dr. Christopher Schlachta, CSTAR Medical Director and minimally invasive and robotic surgery specialist, assisted by Dr. Andreana Bütter, paediatric surgeon, and Dr. Shiva Jayaraman, robotic surgery fellow, were able to reduce the patient’s hospital stay from seven to three days with minimal use of pain medication.

AUGUST: Hard hats pop up all over
In August, work began on the new Renal Dialysis Unit and the new Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement clinic at University Hospital. These two new spaces were part of nine separate areas undergoing renovations at UH and VH as part of Milestone 2, Phase 1 construction. At UH, staff also saw updates for Biomedical Engineering, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Otolaryngology, Patient Registration and Admitting, and Pulmonary Function Services. At VH, M2P1 consists of one project–building the future home of the Reproductive Endocrinology Infertility (REI) Clinic, to be relocated from UH to renovated space within Zone E.

SEPTEMBER: Lindros Legacy Research building unveiled
Eric Lindros’ name was unveiled atop the building at University Hospital. In 2007 Lindros announced his retirement with a $5-million donation to LHSC. The gift is the largest known one-time charitable donation from a Canadian sport figure.

OCTOBER: New Warfarin Clinic opens at University Hospital
Patients began receiving treatment at a new clinic that provides specialized care to those requiring the use of blood thinners, especially the drug warfarin. The first of its kind in Canada, this clinic at University Hospital was launched by LHSC and Lawson Health Research Institute. It incorporates a personalized medicine approach to the management of patient anticoagulation therapy, meaning doctors will use information from the patient’s DNA to decipher what dosage of warfarin to prescribe the patient, which will play a crucial role in decreasing the number of adverse side effects.

NOVEMBER: Children’s Hospital welcomes 11 new physicians
Children’s Hospital completed the recruitment of 11 new paediatric physicians from around the world including Australia, Germany and Switzerland, as well as Ottawa, Toronto and Owen Sound. The paediatric physicians represent the following specialties: cardiology, general paediatrics, genetics, haematology, metabolics, neurosurgery, childhood obesity, ophthalmology, respirology, and urology.

DECEMBER: Accreditation 2008
In early December, LHSC received its Forecast Report following the Accreditation Canada on-site survey in November. The forecast decision is ‘Accreditation with Condition’, which means additional work is required to meet the standards for full accreditation status. Of the 1,411 standard criteria surveyed at LHSC, 81 were identified as requiring improvement to meet accreditation standards, some specific to one area of care or standard section while others require improvements more broadly throughout the organization.

JANUARY: 2008 Employee Giving Campaign raises $182,329.35
For the first time, LHSC’s Employee Giving Campaign was comprised of three campaigns in one; fundraising was done for United Way of London & Middlesex, London Health Sciences Foundation and Children’s Health Foundation. The goal of the campaign was to raise the culture of philanthropy amongst staff, by raising funds for needs within LHSC programs, as well as needs within the broader community.

FEBRUARY: First hospital in the province to provide detailed and daily Emergency Department wait times information
In February, LHSC made publicly available detailed and daily information regarding Emergency Department wait times. ED wait times data for the University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital Emergency Departments are now reported and posted daily on LHSC’s Accountability website.

MARCH: North American first– robotic-arm neuro-angiogram machine
LHSC became the first hospital in North America to use a robotic-arm neuro-angiogram machine in an operating room. The Zeego, manufactured by Siemens, is a floor-mounted neuro-angiogram machine designed to take images during surgery. The Zeego allows surgeons the ability to accelerate treatment decisions while in the OR suite, as patients can have imaging completed while in surgery. The 3D imaging capability and robotic-arm allow the Zeego to provide numerous angles for a patient X-ray. The ability to purchase the Zeego came from funds raised by the London Health Sciences Foundation.


London Health Sciences Centre counts its medical breakthroughs as among its proudest achievements. Our staff, physicians, and scientists are recognized internationally for the significant contributions they have made towards the advancement of medicine. For a complete listing of medical breakthroughs visit Since 1948 LHSC has achieved over 50 Canadian, North American and world firsts. Through these achievements, LHSC is improving the lives of people everywhere.



Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)
A specific field of nursing that involves a wide variety of roles that are distinct from other nursing roles because of their multi-dimensional nature that includes responsibilities related to education, research, organizational leadership, and professional development, in addition to a primary focus on the clinical care of patients.

Ambulatory Visits
Also referred to as outpatient visits, this is the number of patients who visited clinics at LHSC.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, it is a chronic, progressive disease marked by gradual deterioration of the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. The disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy; with death in two to five years. The cause is unknown, and there is no known cure.

Auxiliary Dissection
A follow-up surgery that can sometimes be required after cancer surgery if it is found that nodes in the surrounding tissue are positive for cancer cells.

Core Competencies
Fundamental knowledge, ability, or expertise in a specific subject area or skill set.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
A degenerative neurological disorder (brain disease) that is rare, incurable, and fatal. Instruments used on a patient with CJD cannot be cleaned using standard sterilization procedures.

Critical Injury
An injury of a serious nature that places life in jeopardy.

Enabling Priorities
Part of LHSC’s three-year Strategic Plan, the enabling priorities include wide-scale projects to help achieve the overall plan.

Standing for ‘Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio,’ this measure helps support efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care. The HSMR compares the actual number of deaths in a hospital with the average Canadian experience, after adjusting for several factors that may affect in-hospital mortality rates such as the age, sex, diagnoses and admission status of patients.

Multi-disciplinary Team
A group of people from different professional backgrounds who meet regularly to discuss patient treatment and care.

The branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the nervous system.

Nurse Practitioner
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with additional education and experience. They are able to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures within their legislated scope of practice.

Patient Days
The total number of inpatient days at LHSC. Radical Mastectomy The removal of a breast and the underlying muscles. Sterile Processing The treatment given to all re-usable surgical and clinical instruments. Each instrument goes through a cycle of being used and then cleaned, decontaminated, assembled and sterilized for re-use.

Any disruption to the body delivered by force and can result in severe, significant injury that can be life or limb threatening.

Working Capital Deficit
An accounting term to describe when current assets are less then current liabilities.