Year in Review

In 2014-15 LHSC continued its legacy of care and innovation and celebrated a number of medical firsts, program milestones and proud partnerships. Highlights include:

Caring for You. Innovating for the World.

LHSC is pleased to provide a video snapshot of our year in review for 2014/15 featuring milestones, celebrations, partnerships and medical firsts.

Dr. Robert Artnfield poses with a portable ultrasound machine.

With the introduction of an emerging technology called point-of-care ultrasound, physicians at LHSC are leading the way in using portable ultrasound machines at the patient’s bedside to quickly and confidently diagnose and form a treatment plan for patients.

LHSC staff and physicians run through a mock code stroke.

A new ‘Code Stroke’ protocol was launched for patients at LHSC who experience an in-hospital stroke, giving patients quicker treatment—a strong predictor for good functional outcome.

A newborn baby at London Health Sciences Centre wears a purple hat hand-knitted by a community member.

Community members from across southwestern Ontario donated more than 10,000 handmade purple caps to LHSC to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. The caps are given to newborns at LHSC and other regional birthing centres as part of The Period of PURPLE Crying® program.

Patient James Poulias speaks with his cardiac surgery physicians in a patient clinic room at University Hospital.

An LHSC cardiac patient became the first person in North America to receive a newer generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) device that allows safer treatment for higher risk cardiac patients with fewer complications.

Dr. Jeevan Nagendran, a cardiac fellow and Dr. Bob Kiaii, a cardiac surgeon, pose with Alred and Lorraine Morrow as they demonstrate the COR-KNOT System used during Alred’s surgery

LHSC’s cardiac surgery program became the first in Canada to use a new suture fastening system during open heart surgery that saves up to 60 minutes of operating room time, benefiting patients who spend less time under anesthesia.

Staff, physicians, and patients celebrate with some cake at the 10th anniversary of the Oncology After Care Program at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital.

LHSC’s Oncology After-Care Program celebrated 10 years at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital. This program follows pediatric oncology patients from the time their condition is considered stabilized/in-remission throughout the remainder of their lifetime, providing mental and physical health care and support resources.

Rick and Karen Mercier join Dr. Patrick Luke a few months after their successful living kidney donor surgery where Rick donated a kidney to Karen.

LHSC’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program celebrated two milestone achievements: its 2,500th kidney transplant as well as the 500th living donor kidney transplant between a husband and wife who met three years ago on a dating website and ended up being a match in more ways than one!

Twenty-five staff and patients who contributed to the redesign of the Regional Renal Program website pose for a group photograph.

LHSC’s Regional Renal Program was awarded a 20 Faces of Change Award from the Change Foundation for their extraordinary work and patient engagement in the creation of the Regional Renal Program website, now one of LHSC’s most patient-focused websites.

A photograph of South Street Hospital that was taken on July 29, 2014 during the demolition of the former hospital.

Neighbours and community members watched with interest and nostalgia as the historic South Street Hospital was demolished after closing its doors to patient care in 2013.

Staff from LHSC’s IMPACT program pose for a photograph.

LHSC’s Trauma Program joined current and retired members of Middlesex-London EMS, London Police Services, Thames Valley District School Board, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the IMPACT program, a multidisciplinary program aimed at educating high school students about the dangers of high-risk behaviours such as drinking and driving.

The LHSC Pharmacy teams from both University Hospital and Victoria Hospital.

LHSC pharmacists worked with teams from microbiology and infection prevention and control to develop a new initiative that improves treatment for patients with a serious infection called Clostridium difficile (CDI) – recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada and a 2014 Success Story by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.