St Joseph’s Hospital: A new look
for a new era of care

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Artist rendering of the new building at the corner of Grosvenor and Richmond streets (via architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson)

St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario is getting a make-over – peeling back the old layers to reveal a brand new modern look.  The next time you visit the hospital, you’ll be greeted by a sleek, new look, and a new era in health care.

Since August 2011 when ground broke for the last phase of restructuring, renovations have been underway to the interior and exterior of the hospital. Inside, the former birthing centre has been transformed into 42, 000 square feet of purpose-built space for St. Joseph’s internationally recognized ambulatory and chronic disease care programs and services.  Outside, at the corner of Grosvenor and Wellington streets, new windows and metal paneling have replaced the deteriorating brick walls, improving the building’s energy efficiency and giving it a new face-lift.

At the corner of Richmond and Grosvenor streets, meanwhile, the outdated building (Zone A) is being taken down and in its place a new accessible Grosvenor entrance, as well as plenty of green space and an outdoor garden featuring a “living-wall” of green foliage, will be constructed.

This last phase of restructuring, known as Milestone 2, Phase 3, is helping St. Joseph’s redefine what it means to be a hospital. Specializing in minimally invasive, same-day and short-stay surgery, and ambulatory (outpatient) clinic treatment of complex medical and chronic disease, interdisciplinary teams at St. Joseph’s Hospital provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, disease prevention and management strategies, and follow up care to help patients reach optimal health and well-being.

In the new central outpatient area clinics for asthma, general respirology, chronic pain, cardiovascular investigation and pulmonary function are now located in close proximity to each other to provide patients with coordinated and integrated services to meet individual needs. As part of acute care restructuring in London, two renowned programs joined St. Joseph’s. The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program and Allergy and Immunology Program moved from London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) to St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well infectious diseases clinics merged with the infectious diseases care program at St. Joseph’s, further strengthening St. Joseph’s role in ambulatory medicine.

“This last step in restructuring is a culmination of much effort, energy and dedication to create spaces that will enhance the patient experience at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” says Karen Perkin, Vice President, Acute and Ambulatory, Professional Practice and Chief Nurse Executive. “The goal is streamlined, convenient, comprehensive care. Individuals can come here to be tested, diagnosed, treated and given the right tools to manage their health needs. Restructuring is also providing us with dedicated space to continue as leaders in teaching and research. Exciting milestones are happening right here at St. Joseph’s that are improving care and outcomes.”

In addition to the new outpatient space, renovations are now complete in other areas of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Programs and services that have recently moved into these brand new spaces are the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, Prescription Shop (pharmacy) and the outpatient clinic of the Osteoporosis and Bone Disease Program known as the 3M Osteoporosis Clinic.

While St. Joseph’s continues to be progressive in meeting the population’s growing need for ambulatory care for complex and chronic diseases, the past remains an important part of what St. Joseph’s is today: a hospital built on compassionate care. The history of St. Joseph’s — founded by the industrious and pioneering Sisters of St. Joseph — plays an elemental role in the redesign of many of the new spaces and the preservation of monumental trees, statues and cornerstones.

“The restructuring is as much about staying current according to accessibility and building code standards as it is to preserving and reusing our resources to pay homage to the past while being efficient,” says Dave Crockett, integrated Vice President Facilities Management. “We’ve worked with the architects to come up with an interesting design to bridge the old with the new, which you will be able to see with the fusion of old bricks and stone with the new glassed-in entrance and a garden growing out of the old stone foundation walls.”

The Chapel at St. Joseph’s Hospital, which was built in 1915, will be preserved and when the new building is erected a better view of the chapel’s intricate stained glass windows will be seen from Richmond Street.

The last phase of restructuring is set to be complete in early 2015.

For more information about St. Joseph’s Hospital restructuring visit http://www.sjhc.london.on.ca/stjosephshospitalrestructuring

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is one of the best academic health care organizations in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research.  

Getting there from here

In addition to the move of several clinics and support services, entrances and other areas of the hospital will close for safety purposes during this last phase of construction at St. Joseph’s Hospital. To make the journey to your next appointment a success, below is a list of closures and helpful navigation tips.

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel: For safekeeping, the historic chapel closed on Sept. 20 and is being carefully preserved during construction. It will reopen in early 2015. Alternate spaces for prayer and reflection are available. Details are available through spiritual care at 519 646-6100 ext. 66029
  • Tunnel: The tunnel from the Grosvenor Street parking garage to St. Joseph’s Hospital closed on Oct. 1 and will reopen in early 2015.  However, the portion of the tunnel from the parking garage to Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care remains open.
  • Entrance 1: The entrance on Grosvenor Street closest to Richmond Street is now closed. Please use Entrance 2 on Grosvenor Street near the Urgent Care Centre, or Entrance 4 or 5 on Cheapside Street.
  • Accessible parking: Accessible parking is available in both the Grosvenor and Cheapside street parking garages. With the tunnel closure, those requiring easy access to the hospital should use the parking garage located on Cheapside Street or use the drop off circles at Grosvenor Entrance 2 or Cheapside Entrance 4. For more information about accessible parking, meter parking and public transit visit sjhc.london.on.ca/directions/st-josephs-hospital
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Laura Janecka

Laura Janecka is a communications assistant at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

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