The Janeway: 50 Years of Caring for Children


In 2016, the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre—‘The Janeway’ to most—celebrated 50 years of operation. For 43 of those years, Dr. Rick Cooper has been a pediatrician at the hospital, helping thousands of sick children from across Newfoundland and Labrador. This book peels back the hospital curtains and peeks through the ward doors, introducing readers to the many people who have worked at this unique hospital. It also delves into the fight to build the original Janeway at a time of bleak provincial finances, and follows its evolution into a leading modern teaching hospital, responsible for elevating the standard of health care up to or surpassing national levels.

Author Bio

Dr. Rick Cooper

Dr. Rick Cooper has spent much of his career as a teaching physician and practicing pediatrician at the Janeway Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He retired as a faculty member of Memorial University’s medical school in 2011. He is a Professor Emeritus. He was educated at St. Bonaventure’s College. In 2014 Dr. Cooper received the Silver Orator Award, which is given to the professor who has provided the best lectures with respect to content, style, humour and aptness. He has previously received the Silver Orator Award from the graduating classes of 2005, 2001, 1996 and 1991. Dr. Cooper was also honoured as the Royal College 2014 Mentor of the Year for Atlantic Canada. In 2008, he received the Dr. Craig Loveys Teaching Award and in 2005 he received the Royal College Specialist of the Year for Atlantic Canada.

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