Saturday, August 6, 2016

Celebrating the Janeway!

On August 9th, 2016, the Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre will celebrate its 50th birthday! That's 50 years of providing quality pediatric health care services to the children of Newfoundland and Labrador!

I'm sure that everyone in our province can tell a story of how the Janeway has touched their lives, or why the facility is so important and special to them. The Janeway hospital was originally located in Pleasantville, in a building that once housed the American military hospital at Fort Pepperrell. I remember visiting the old Janeway as a child - never for anything overly serious, just a few typical childhood injuries. We were very fortunate to not require the services of the children's hospital on a regular basis, but my family always had the peace of mind in knowing that it was there if my sister or I ever needed it.

In 2001, Eastern Health opened a new, state-of-the-art building as part of the Health Sciences Complex, and this became the home of the new Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Now that I have my own child, we are 'frequent flyers' of the Janeway. Brennen has been well cared for by many of the doctors and staff, and he has had some wonderful experiences with members of the Rehabilitation team. We have become close with the professionals who have treated Brennen over the years - the nurses who have held my hand through some really challenging moments, and the therapists who have lifted my spirits at times when everything just seemed so overwhelming.

To celebrate this big birthday, Eastern Health hosted a celebration for children who are currently or have previously been cared for at the Janeway. The party was a pirate theme, and it was so great to see so many of our friends there to celebrate the occasion! There was face painting, singing and dancing, and lots of fun photo opportunities!

The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs never miss a party!

I am so thankful for the supports and services we have received from the Janeway. It has been a second home to us on many occasions, and it is a place where we truly feel that Brennen's health and safety and our best interests as a family are considered first and foremost.

The families and friends we have met at the Janeway have become such a big part of our lives. Friends that we met early on in our journey - whether from being in the right place at the right time, or just being in the same place A LOT of the time - have remained close friends to this day. We have bonded over our special children. We have a lot in common, and we understand each other. We are the same in the fact that the love we have for our children is greater than the fears and diagnosis, and that is a powerful bond.

It was an honour to be able to celebrate this milestone today with the staff and patients of the Janeway Children's Hospital.

Happy Birthday, Janeway! Here's to many more years of exemplary patient care, and a future full of possibilities for the children of our province!

Here is a slideshow of some of Brennen's Adventures at the Janeway:

Brennen's Adventures at the Janeway by Slidely Slideshow


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