On the scene at LHSC
Making a positive IMPACT on teens for 25 years
This past fall, current and retired members of Middlesex-London EMS, London Police Services, Thames Valley District School Board, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the staff of LHSC’s Trauma Program celebrated 25 years of making a difference in the community through the IMPACT Program. Originally, IMPACT™ stood for Impaired Minds Produced by Alcohol Cause Trauma and began as a multidisciplinary program to educate high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving. The program has since expanded to include education on the consequences of a variety of high-risk behaviours including binge drinking, distracted driving, self-harm, bullying and other teen-identified issues and continues to be a very meaningful experience for teens. “We are proud to have reached 10,000 students in-hospital and over 22,000 students in-school. This year alone we will have a chance to positively influence over 3,500 teens,” says Jane Harrington, injury prevention specialist, LHSC.
LHSC leading the way in ultrasound technology
In critical care medicine, where every second counts, the ability to diagnose a patient’s condition quickly and accurately can be lifesaving. Now, through an emerging technology called point-of-care ultrasound, doctors at LHSC are leading the way in using portable ultrasound machines at the patient’s bedside to quickly and confidently diagnose and form a plan of treatment for these very ill patients. LHSC’s Dr. Robert Arntfield, a critical care physician, is helping to teach health-care providers from across Canada on the use of this innovative technology. “Real time diagnosis is crucial when patients are at their most vulnerable,” he says. “The more we are able to do at the bedside, the greater the benefit to the patient.”
Community donates over 10,000 PURPLE caps for newborns
From across southwestern Ontario and beyond, more than 10,000 handmade purple caps in all shades and patterns were donated to LHSC to raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. The purple caps were given to newborns at LHSC and other regional birthing centres throughout the month of November for The Period of PURPLE Crying® program. Proudly supported by Children’s Health Foundation, this program educates parents and caregivers about infant crying patterns in the first weeks and months after birth, and provides coping strategies. LHSC was the first hospital in Ontario to implement this effective program.
LHSC staff and physicians support community during holiday season
This year through its annual LHSC Holiday Food Drive and Mitten Campaign, LHSC staff and physicians proudly donated nearly 10,000 pounds of food to the London Food Bank, as well as 1,100 hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to the Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex.
President’s Award program recognizes the extraordinary people at LHSC
Murray Glendining, LHSC President and CEO, presented six recipients with their award at the President’s Award Ceremony on Jan. 16. Pictured from left are: Glendining, Linda Jagelewski, David McLean, Rosemary Leitch, Cathy Vandersluis, Dr. Cheril Clarson, and LHSC Board Chair Ruthe Anne Conyngham. Not pictured: Dr. Mandar Jog. The President’s Award Program at LHSC celebrates staff, physicians and volunteers in a number of categories including: living our core values, community service, innovation, leadership and physician leadership. In January, LHSC President and CEO Murray Glendining recognized more than 20 nominees and awarded six individuals with a 2014 President’s Award.