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June 21, 2004
Media Relations, LHSC
519-685-8500, ext. 74772
First phase of massive hospital construction project now complete
(LONDON, Ontario) - Construction of the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and Grace Donnelly Women's Health Pavilion has reached its first milestone. Today, Ontario Labour Minister Chris Bentley joined Tony Dagnone, president and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), for the "topping off" or final concrete pouring of the new building.
The new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and Grace Donnelly Women's Health Pavilion is part of the restructuring of London's hospitals and has been supported through the London Health Sciences Campaign. Individuals, corporations, foundations and associations have all stepped forward to share the vision of excellence in health care with more than $21 million raised for this important new facility.
"Today's landmark in the construction of the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and Grace Donnelly Women's Health Pavilion brings us one step closer to the completion of a facility that will be one of a kind in Canada, uniting the unique health care needs of women and children in one building," says Tony Dagnone, LHSC president and CEO. Dagnone adds, "Without the tremendous generosity of our donors and the support of the Ontario Government, this building and everything that it will bring to our patients and this community would not have been possible."
Construction of the new 10-storey building at the Victoria Campus of London Health Sciences Centre began in November 2002. In addition to women's and children's health care, the building will also be the site of acute mental health care, laboratory services, and the K.L. Sumner Centre for Health Learning. It is expected to be completed by 2008.
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada's largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC has three sites - University Campus, the South Street Site, and Victoria Campus, along with two Family Medical Centres and the London Regional Cancer Centre. LHSC is the home of the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). The research arm of LHSC is Lawson Health Research Institute, which is also partnered with London's other hospital, St. Joseph's Health Care, London. LHSC is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. Physicians and staff at LHSC number close to 8,000 and together they provide care for more than 600,000 patients each year.