2011 Highlights of the Year

Highlights of the year

New Leadership New Beginnings
Bonnie Adamson began her role as president and CEO of LHSC, while Peter Johnson took over as chair of the Board of Directors.

New spaces for patient care
This past summer, LHSC and Lawson Health Research Institute announced a Canadian first in the treatment of lung cancer; removing a small wedge from the patient’s lung and applying a surgical mesh interwoven with radioactive seeds to where the lung was resected.

New research space unveiled
The $6-million Gerald C. Baines Centre for Translational Cancer Research was officially opened, providing 11,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art research resources for the fight against cancer. Soon after, the Lindros Legacy Research building was unveiled, housing four new teaching and research centres: the Brent and Marilyn Kelman Centre for Advanced Learning; the Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre for Musculoskeletal Research; the Centre for Clinical Investigation and Therapeutics; and the Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplant Studies. Each centre provides researchers and educators with the means to make significant advances in health care on a national and international scale.

New coping and comfort strategies for parents
Children’s Hospital at LHSC became the first hospital in Ontario to implement the Period of PURPLE Crying® program in their emergency department, providing information to parents and caregivers regarding infant crying patterns and comforting strategies, and education on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

New avenues to navigate the cancer journey
The London Regional Cancer Program at LHSC launched their online virtual orientation website, providing first-time patients the opportunity to take a guided tour of the cancer program’s facilities, and meet some of the staff who may be providing their care, without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.

New ways to advocate for paediatric patient rights
The Children and Youth Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital launched the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, developed for children and youth to help them understand what they are entitled to and what is expected of them during their stay at Children’s Hospital.

New world and Canadian firsts continue tradition
of innovation

LHSC announced two cardiac surgery world firsts this year with physicians becoming the first in the world to use a new implantable surgical device that promises to revolutionize aortic valve bypass surgery, and shortly after becoming the first in the world to use the daVinci robot to successfully repair a hole in a patient’s heart caused by a pacemaker complication. In addition, LHSC announced two Canadian firsts: surgeons performed the first robotically assisted and minimally invasive laryngectomy; and the catheterization laboratory at University Hospital became the first in Canada to adopt wireless technology to measure blood flow to the heart.

These new firsts continue LHSC’s proud
legacy of innovation. With more than 60
Canadian, North American and world
firsts since 1948, 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 www.lhsc.on.ca