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For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2009

LHSC’s 2008 Employee Giving Campaign
Reveals Fundraising Total

(LONDON, Ontario) – On Thursday, January 29, 2009 London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) staff announced that they raised a combined total of $182,329.35 for United Way of London & Middlesex, London Health Sciences Foundation and Children’s Health Foundation.


"This year’s employee giving campaign was the first time we combined three campaigns into one,” said Cliff Nordal, President and Chief Executive Officer, London Health Sciences Centre. “The goal of the campaign was to raise the culture of philanthropy amongst the staff and to make it easier for staff to contribute to their charity of choice using a single pledge form.”

The dollars raised will be divided amongst the three charities according to the pledges. They are as follows:

Children’s Health Foundation
$5,567.99
London Health Sciences Foundation
$44,975.47
United Way of London & Middlesex
$131,785.89

Each year LHSC sponsors an employee to participate in the United Way of London & Middlesex campaign. From September to December this individual works with other sponsored employees across the city, helping other organizations to run their own campaigns.

"This experience was a great way for me to give back to the community,” said Kim Paton, this year’s LHSC sponsored employee and a clinical leader in radiation therapy at LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program. This was the first year that LHSC’s sponsored employee was able to represent not only United Way, but also London Health Sciences Foundation and Children’s Foundation thanks to the new fundraising model.

Added Nordal, “Our organization has a rich tradition of care and community outreach; for needs within our own programs, as well as needs within our broader community.”

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About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

 

For more information contact:

Mitra Foroutan
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772
Mitra.Foroutan@lhsc.on.ca

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Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call

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