TD Bank Financial Group pledges $500,000 to help complete advanced surgical learning centre in London

Thursday January 24, 2008

London, Ont. – TD Bank Financial Group announced today that it is donating $500,000 towards the completion of the Brent and Marilyn Kelman Centre for Advanced Learning at the London Health Sciences Centre.TD Donation

This gift may be given locally, but it has implications that reach out beyond the London region. It helps LHSC provide the best care for its patients while innovating for the world. Physicians from London, as well as from across Canada and around the world will train at the centre, learning the latest minimally-invasive techniques that, among other benefits, promote quicker surgical recovery times.

“We will be able to share techniques and procedures developed at CSTAR,” says Cliff Nordal, LHSC’s president and CEO. “Like our Canadian first last May, when a cardiac surgery team led by Dr. Bob Kiaii performed a totally endoscopic, closed-chest, robotic, coronary-artery bypass surgery on a patient’s beating heart.”

The minimally-invasive nature of this new procedure means that a patient only requires a one-to-two-day stay in hospital and can recover and return to normal activity in about a week.

Upon completion, the centre will be located on level six of the Lindros Legacy Research building at London Health Sciences Centre’s University Hospital, and will be a vital component of the world-class education programming at CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics). CSTAR is Canada’s national centre for pioneering the next generation of minimally invasive surgical and interventional techniques including robotics.

“Fostering the health of Canadians through the education of medical professionals is something we believe is very important and an area where our donations can help make a difference. Through our support of this new surgical learning centre, we hope to have a positive impact on the care that patients across the country will receive in the future,” added Chuck Hounsell, senior vice president, TD Canada Trust Retail Banking.

Long-time Londoners Brent Kelman and his wife Marilyn provided the major donations towards the centre in 1997 and again in 2002. Brent is a long-standing board member and the current Chair of the Board for London Health Sciences Foundation.Brent Kelman

“Personally, and on behalf of the London Health Sciences Foundation I would like to thank TD Bank Financial Group,” says Brent Kelman, chair of LHSF. “TD has a first rate community giving program and we are grateful that they have chosen to support London Heath Sciences Centre with such a generous gift.”

“This commitment by TD Bank Financial Group will help enhance an environment that fosters the sharing of leading edge surgical-training techniques,” says Dr. John Denstedt, Chief of Surgery, LHSC.

TD believes that all Canadians have a role to play in building a healthy and prosperous society. As a major corporation in Canada, TD is committed to making a difference and has pledged over $1.9 million to the London Health Sciences Foundation since 1996.

For more information about London Health Sciences Foundation visit

Alexander Peterson
London Health Sciences Foundation
Manager, Communications & Public Relations Manager
(519) 685-8527

Kate Young
Manager Community Relations/Friends of the Environment
TD Bank Financial Group









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