On the Scene @ LHSC
South Street Hospital closed to patient care
In January, South Street Hospital closed its doors to patient care services after a proud 138-year history. The closure of South Street Hospital marks the realization of more than a decade of hospital restructuring in London, with many of these services now offered in new, state-of-the-art facilities at LHSC’s Victoria Hospital campus. The hospital buildings located on the north side of South Street remain in use by London Health Sciences Centre for non-clinical services and will be referred to as the South Street Annex going forward.
Recognizing our “International Nurse of the Year”
In November, LHSC Registered Nurse, Ismail El-Assad became the 2012 recipient of the CARE Centre Joan Lesmond Internationally Educated Nurse of the Year Award. Prior to joining LHSC, El-Assaad worked as a nurse instructor and senior nurse in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.
The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada, providing immigrant nurses with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession.
Pioneering an international transplant mentorship training program
Patients at the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are benefitting from the highly specialized expertise of LHSC’s world renowned multi-organ transplant program (MOTP). Following three months of training as the first participant in London Health Sciences Centre’s international transplant mentorship training program, Faisal Al Harthi has recently returned to the King Abdulaziz Medical City, where he will bring new expertise to his role as a charge nurse in their transplant unit.
His primary focus while at LHSC was to learn the role of a recipient coordinator, as such a position did not exist in his hospital’s transplant program, but the need for one was recognized. A recipient coordinator works with patients and families awaiting a transplant while a donor coordinator works with patients and families making the donation. At the King Abdulaziz Medical City, a single person was responsible for supporting both recipients and donors – a practice that LHSC had ceased long ago because of the potential for conflict.
In addition to being the first participant, Al Harthi is also credited with bringing the idea for this program to LHSC after he sent a message asking for the opportunity to travel to London to learn from the MOTP team. The customizable training program is a way for LHSC to help newer transplant programs located around the world to develop into modern programs faster.
Helping those in need in the community through hospital’s United Way Campaign
In February, LHSC was proud to announce that it had exceeded its goal of $130,000 for the annual LHSC United Way Campaign, raising $140,717 to support those in need in our community. Last year, LHSC succeeded in raising $121,000 in its annual campaign. This year’s goal was increased to $130,000, recognizing that the need for community support has never been greater.
This year’s hospital goal was achieved—and surpassed—thanks in part to the LHSC United Way Campaign’s dedicated committee and champions. More than $15,000 of LHSC’s total was raised through creative fundraisers such as chili cook-offs, a mini-stair climb in the North Tower at Victoria Hospital, and charity fitness events like Zumba and yoga.