A female LHSC employee helps to prepare the operating room for the next surgery.

Throughout the past fiscal year, the people of LHSC have continued to build on our legacy of innovation and we were pleased to celebrate the following accomplishments:


Dr. Joseph Chin and patient Brian Danter have a follow up appointment after a successful world-first surgery.

A world-first procedure called ‘transurethral magnetic resonance guided ultrasound ablation’ was performed providing an effective new minimally invasive treatment option for patients with localized prostate cancer. Read more

Patient Suzana De Sousa awaits a heart transplant with the support of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device.

The HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) became available to patients in heart failure – providing circulatory support and allowing them to leave hospital and return to their lives as they await the availability of a donor heart. Read more

Vanessa Burkoski, Chief Nursing Executive at London Health Sciences Centre presents on the great work by LHSC staff highlighted in an issue of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.

A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership highlighted LHSC staff’s tremendous work in improving hospital safety and the patient experience through continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives. Read more

Dr. Sumit Agrawal, patient Kelly Dickson and audiologist Kim Zimmerman stand in a procedure room to celebrate the new bone conduction hearing implant.

An LHSC surgical team was the first in North America to successfully implant the BONEBRIDGE™ device (a bone conduction hearing implant) enabling the patient to hear a full range of sounds without a hearing aid. Read more

Dr. Christopher Schlachta works at the control panel of the da Vinci robot system.

LHSC’s Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) opened Canada’s only robotic surgery training centre to train surgeons from across Canada and beyond in the latest surgical robotic techniques. Read more

Natalie Berkiw and Sherri Lawson from London Health Sciences Centre receive their award from Jennifer Fazakerley with the South West Community Care Access Centre.

LHSC’s Home First project won a South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Quality Award. Home First, a collaborative program of LHSC and the South West Community Care Access Centre, and funded by the South West LHIN, is designed to enable hospitalized seniors and adults with complex needs to return home, with proper supports, rather than remaining in hospital or being discharged to long-term care. Read more

Dr. Guy DeRose, senior medical director of surgery at London Health Sciences Centre stands in the new hybrid interventional vascular surgery at Victoria Hospital.

As part of a long-term plan, two new state-of-the-art operating rooms – one for hybrid interventional vascular surgery and the other dedicated to thoracic surgery – became operational at LHSC’s Victoria Hospital. Read more

Kelley Kunkel and her husband Steve smile for the camera after a successful living kidney donation.

Surgeons at LHSC made Canadian history by performing the first living-donor kidney removal for transplant purposes using a single incision point, minimizing surgical risk and speeding up recovery. Read more

Dr. Christopher Schlachta and patient Melanie Sabino examine the robotic technology that was used for her surgery.

A single-site cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, was performed for the first time in Canada—a minimally invasive approach that has the potential to be applied to even more complex surgeries. Read more

Patients enjoy the new Marriott Residence that now provides a home away from home for patients of the London Regional Cancer Program.

After 52 years of providing patient accommodation for LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program, the Thameswood Lodge closed and the facility’s services officially relocated to the Marriott Residence Inn as part of the redevelopment of LHSC’s South Street Annex and transfer to the City of London. Read more

A nurse reviews the new obstetrical triage acuity scale that helps staff improve the triage process for expectant mothers.

The Obstetrical Triage Acuity Scale (OTAS) – a first in Canada – was designed by LHSC obstetrical staff to improve the triage process for expectant mothers, helping nurses determine the severity of a patient’s presenting complaints so they can be appropriately assessed and cared for. Read more

Campaign committee members, champions, and leaders celebrate the successful 2013 United Way total.

For the second year in a row, the staff and physicians at LHSC exceeded their goal for the annual employee LHSC United Way Campaign, this year raising $152,145 to support those in need in our community. Read more