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March 31, 2014
London Health Sciences Centre was pleased to welcome the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for London North Centre for a recent announcement.
Minister Matthews was on-site at University Hospital (UH) on March 28 to announce funding for 21 new hospital beds for epilepsy patients across the province, including three at LHSC. This funding will create two new adult epilepsy monitoring beds at UH and one paediatric epilepsy monitoring bed that is already up and running at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital.
These new beds at LHSC will build on its current eight-bed monitoring unit, which is already the largest inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit in Canada. This unit is devoted to exploring both surgical options and other types of treatment for epilepsy patients. LHSC’s Epilepsy Program was established 36 years ago and cares for the patients of southwestern Ontario, as well as northern Ontario, the Ottawa region, and out-of-province patients. The team is interdisciplinary and highly skilled with an international reputation for excellence.
“London Health Sciences Centre is proud of our leadership in epilepsy care in Ontario and we welcome the Minister’s announcement regarding new epilepsy monitoring beds, allowing us to help even more patients to treat their epilepsy,” says Murray Glendining, LHSC’s Acting President and CEO.
The Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently visited LHSC to announce funding for 21 new hospital beds for epilepsy patients across the province, including three at LHSC. At the announcement are (from left): Dr. David Steven, Neurosurgeon and co-director of LHSC’s Epilepsy Program; Mary McDonald, whose daughter suffers from epilepsy; Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Rozalyn Werner-Arce, Executive Director of Epilepsy Ontario; Dr. Jorge Burneo, Neurologist and co-director of LHSC’s Epilepsy Program; and Carol Young-Ritchie, Vice President of Patient Centred Care at LHSC.