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New Joint Replacement Clinic
dedicated to two LHSC physicians


For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2009

(LONDON, ON) –The new state-of-the-art Rorabeck Bourne Joint Replacement Clinic is now open at London Health Science’s University Hospital as part of the second milestone of the major hospital restructuring at London Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London with the support of orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Robert Bourne and Dr. Cecil Rorabeck.

London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London are now well into the next phase of redevelopment as part the overall restructuring of London’s hospitals. The new Joint Replacement Clinic is the second program in the past two weeks to open its doors to the public.

"It is great to see our years of planning come to life through the opening of the new Rorabeck Bourne Joint Replacement Clinic at University Hospital. This new clinic is part of our larger overall plan for London Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London to consolidate our services, improve patient care and improve our infrastructure,” said Cliff Nordal President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.

The new clinic will be a one-stop healthcare facility for initial appointments, pre and post operative assessments, and follow-up visits.

"We have designed this new space to ease patient flow - making the comfort of our patients our top priority. Our new equipment, beds and systems will help us provide better patient care in one central location,” said Dr. Steven MacDonald, FRCSC, Site Chief of Surgery and the Site Chief of Orthopaedics at LHSC’s University Hospital.

Approximately 1,300 joint replacements are performed at LHSC each year. To meet the ever growing need for orthopaedic care, the new clinic houses five new exam rooms, an additional procedure room, state-of-the-art equipment and computer systems and a new waiting room with furniture that eases patient comfort.

The Joint Replacement Clinic has been relocated from an older space on the 1st level of University Hospital to a newly renovated space and is supported by the generosity of donors through London Health Sciences Foundation, including noted orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Robert Bourne and Dr. Cecil Rorabeck who each donated $250,000.

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London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

London Health Sciences Foundation is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity, linking our community and health care experts—including physicians, allied professionals, researchers, staff and educators—together in pursuit of medical excellence at London Health Sciences Centre. Established to strengthen London Health Sciences Centre's ability to provide the highest quality healthcare for patients in Southwestern Ontario and beyond, we offer opportunities to support discovery and innovation in research, education and patient care at our hospital. To see how donations create positive moments changing the lives of patients, their families and friends, and to see how you can support patient care and innovation at London Health Sciences Centre, visit www.lhsf.ca.

For more information contact:

Melissa Poulin
Communications Consultant – Restructuring
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
London Health Sciences Centre
519-646-6000, ext. 64646

Alex Peterson
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Foundation
519.685.6000 ext. 58527

After-hours assistance:
Call St. Joseph’s Hospital switchboard at 519.646.6000 and ask to page Melissa Poulin.