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2016 Site Report 

Dr. William Sischek, Site Chief

As 2016 draws to a close we are marking several events in our year. We note with pride the ongoing excellence of clinical care and academic activity provided by the city-wide Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. The goal of excellent clinical care and attention to the academic mandates of the Department and Hospital continue to be realized by the deliberate integration of faculty across the multiple hospital sites in the City of London.

In May we celebrated the retirement of two long time St. Joseph’s Hospital anesthesiologists- Drs. Logan Millman and John Parkin. Both had successful and noteworthy careers in the Department and had been part of the many sentinel changes over the years, each contributing in their own way. Their many contributions were noted at the Department’s annual retirement celebration in early June. We were saddened by the unfortunate passing of Dr. Millman a few weeks after his retirement and he will be greatly missed by many of us.

2016 saw a growth in the SJHC Pain Clinic which has named Dr. Geoff Bellingham as its Medical Director. This new appointment will allow Geoff the opportunity to set expanded goals for the clinic which recently received approval for an additional $1.3M in global funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In addition to the successful Pain Medicine residency program which Dr. Bellingham helped establish in London, this added support endorses the very important work done by this clinic. It also ensures the prominence which the Pain Management Program has achieved, both in the Department and the Hospital, is continued.

Our department continues to support and foster the Regional Anesthesia program, which has a particular prominence at SJHC because of the Roth-McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Clinic (HULC). The expertise of the Regional group continues to grow as we recruit to the program and look forward to the expansion of Regional Anesthesia services across the city. The regional anesthesia program supporting the HULC continues to generate interest as we recruit fellows from around the world to take part in the clinical, teaching and research activities of the program. Their innovative, efficient techniques and home support of blocks help set a standard for others to follow.

The MOHLTC’s many challenges to hospitals and physicians to provide excellent patient care are being actively engaged at St. Joseph’s Health Care London and we are proud to contribute to those efforts. We continue to support the important work of the HULC, the Breast Program, Urology, Dental Surgery, General Surgery, Mental Health and so many other services. As we look forward to 2017 we see that it holds a great deal of promise.