South Street Hospital to be a Doors Open London site

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Media Release

For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2011

Visitors will get a “behind-the-scenes” view of this unique site

LONDON, Ontario –London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to announce that South Street Hospital will be a participating site in the 2011 Doors Open London weekend on September 17 and18. LHSC will be opening the doors of its hospital on South Street for self-guided tours for the first and last time in its 136 year history.

“The community is invited to join us in celebrating South Street Hospital; the first site of LHSC’s proud tradition of compassionate, innovative and high quality care to the people of London, Southwestern Ontario and beyond”, says Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO, LHSC. “We are delighted to be part of the Doors Open program which brings communities together to experience some of the province’s most unique and interesting sites.”

Hospital artifacts and archival photographs will be displayed during the event. Museum London will provide curatorial support and will assist with interpretation and tours. “South Street Hospital is a significant part of London’s story,” says Museum London Executive Director Brian Meehan. “We are pleased to be able to lend support in sharing this story with the community while there exists an opportunity to walk the halls and explore the facility firsthand.”

The South Street celebration will be a one-time only opportunity for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at some spaces where countless Londoners have received care and worked, practiced, trained, researched, and volunteered for 136 years.

LHSC is also launching a website to provide up-to-date event details and to share the history and memories of the hospital on South Street. Visit or the “Celebrating South Street Hospital” Facebook page for more information.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 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 Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute 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 50 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 nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit

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