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Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre Celebrates 50 Years of Service

June 2, 2016 – St. John’s, NL: On August 9, 2016, the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s will celebrate 50 years of providing quality pediatric health care services to children from across Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s 50th anniversary marks a significant milestone for hospital staff, physicians, volunteers and communities right across our province,” said David Diamond, President and CEO of Eastern Health. “Pediatric care has undergone tremendous changes over the course of a half-century with the evolution of services, medicine and technology. What has remained constant over time is the dedication of health-care professionals and their exceptional contributions towards caring for the children they serve each day.”

The old Janeway Hospital, located in the former Pepperrell Air Force Base hospital in Pleasantville in St. John’s, officially opened its doors on August 9, 1966 to serve sick children. The hospital was named in honour of American pediatrician, Dr. Charles Alderson Janeway, who was an advocate for establishing a children’s health care facility in Newfoundland and Labrador. With the opening of a new, state-of-the-art building as part of the Health Sciences Complex in 2001, the name of the children’s hospital was adapted to what is known today as the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Since its inception in 1966, the Janeway has made major advances in the provision of pediatric care to the children of our province. Today, the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre fulfills a distinct and vital role in delivering quality patient care, offering of a variety specialized care, diagnostic and treatment services including laboratory services, X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound and MRI services, surgical, medical, psychiatric and emergency services, as well as a vast array of ambulatory care services. The facility also plays a significant role as a teaching hospital, serving as the training ground for the next generation of leaders in pediatrics and as an institution committed to embarking on and furthering medical research.

“It is through hard work, the generosity of our partners and communities, and standing true to our vision that together, we can inspire positive change in the lives of our young patients and their families,” said Katherine Chubbs, Vice President responsible for the Children and Women’s Health program at Eastern Health. “The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre has been a cornerstone in our province, one that represents a long history of compassion, commitment and promise of providing excellence in pediatric health care.”

The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre is home to 85 highly skilled physicians on staff, close to 800 staff and dozens of volunteers who provide care and services within multiple pediatric specialties. For the fiscal year, 2015-16, the hospital has cared for tens of thousands of children, with approximately 34,500 emergency department visits, over 100,000 outpatient visits and approximately 2,300 hospital admissions.

The Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s 50th year in service provides another opportunity to celebrate the tremendous work of its staff, physicians, volunteers, the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, donors and partners. To mark the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s 50th year in service, Eastern Health, with support from the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, has planned a series of initiatives throughout 2016, including:
  • June 4-5, 2016: Janeway 50th Anniversary Feature broadcasting on NTV during the 2016 Janeway Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
  • August 6, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: A public celebration for children who are currently or who have previously been cared for at the Janeway, featuring face painting, singing and dancing performances, fun photo opportunities and refreshments.
  • October 1, 2016: A reunion for former and current staff of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.
  • June 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.: A celebration ceremony with officials from Eastern Health and the Provincial Government, followed by the unveiling of a three-part poster series showcasing some of the facility’s most historic events and milestones over five decades.

To learn more about the history of the facility, browse through an interactive, A-to-Z memory book, or for more details about planned celebrations to commemorate the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s 50th anniversary, please visit

Eastern Health’s top priority is to provide quality and accessible health-care services to the communities it serves.

About Eastern Health
Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing approximately 13,000 dedicated employees, over 700 medical staff, and is supported by more than 1,500 volunteers, including members of numerous auxiliaries and fundraising foundations. With an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion, the authority offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, long-term care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services. Serving a population of over 307,000, Eastern Health operates seven acute care facilities, six community health centres, 12 long-term care facilities and community-based offices in 30 communities. Its geographic boundaries extend from St. John’s west to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.

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Media Contact:
Tracey Boland
Media Relations Manager
Eastern Health
T: (709) 777-1412



Updated Jul 12, 2016