On the Scene @ LHSC

Fall 2012

New Kidney Care Centre to open at Westmount Shopping Centre

This month, London Health Sciences Centre will open a brand new community-based Kidney Care Centre for dialysis patients in London’s Westmount Shopping Centre.

Dialysis is a treatment that replaces the function of the kidneys when they have stopped working. This new centre replaces aging facilities at South Street Hospital and Baseline Road and will meet the growing need in the surrounding community and the broader southwestern Ontario region, serving 1,200 patients each year.

Superheroes invade radiation therapy in the London Regional Cancer Program

Radiation Therapist, Jessica Csoborko is transforming some of LHSC’s youngest patients receiving cancer treatment into superheroes. By painting the stark white and sometimes scary-looking masks required for radiation treatment, she is putting her artistic skills to great use. She is also helping to make what can be daunting treatments for even the most steady of adults, a little less intimidating, and in some cases, a little bit fun for her paediatric patients.

Join us inside the radiation therapy suite at the London Regional Cancer Program and learn about what a typical radiation treatment looks like.


Bringing home the gold


While most of us were glued to the Summer Games on our televisions, local dragon boat racing team Rowbust – which is strictly comprised of breast cancer survivors, many of whom are employees of London Health Sciences Centre – clinched the gold medal in Montreal at the 2012 Canadian National Dragon Boat Championships in the breast cancer survivor division.

Earlier in June, members of the Rowbust team organized the first annual Fanshawe Dragon Boat Festival in London, Ontario. Nine of the 47 teams entered consisted of LHSC employees representing various areas of the hospital.

Visit LHSC's Facebook page for more photos.


Meeting important cultural needs of Aboriginal patients


In June of this year, Bonnie Doxtator joined the circle of care at LHSC as an Aboriginal patient navigator. In this role, she ensures access to and provision of culturally-appropriate health care services for Aborignal patients (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Status and Non-Status) aged 55 or older.

Patients and families can be referred by the staff of Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) or LHSC and can also access the program through self-referral. Funding for the Aboriginal patient navigator role is provided to SOAHAC through the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and supported by the Aboriginal Committee of the South West LHIN.


Bringing the outside indoors for paediatric patients at LHSC


Nearly 800 paediatric patients and their families enjoyed a barbeque, games and fun as the atrium of Victoria Hospital’s newest building was transformed into an outdoor wonderland for the 20th annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The yearly event is proudy supported by Children's Health Foundation.

More great photos of this summertime tradition can be found on LHSC’s Facebook page.

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Radiation Therapist, Jessica Csoborko shares one of the superhero masks she created
LHSC teams at the Dragon Boat Festival
Bonnie Doxtator, LHSC's Aboriginal patient navigator
Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre's 20th annual teddy bear picnic