For Immediate Release

December 8, 2017


President’s Award Program recognizes the extraordinary people at LHSC

LONDON, Ontario – Today at a special ceremony, Murray Glendining, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) recognized 31 nominees and awarded seven individuals with a 2017 President’s Award.

“This year’s President’s Award recipients are a group of remarkable individuals who are truly making a positive difference within and beyond our hospital walls,” says Glendining.

Now in its eleventh year, the President’s Award Program at LHSC celebrates staff, physicians and volunteers for their efforts in a number of categories, recognizing those who go above and beyond to serve patients, colleagues, and the community. This year the following awards were presented:

  • The President’s Award for Community Service was awarded to Darren Connolly, a family advisor in LHSC’s Children’s Hospital Paediatric Family Resource Centre. Darren was recognized for his ongoing commitment and dedication to addressing inclusivity, accessibility and independence for individuals with disabilities in our community.

  • The President's Awards for Living Our Core Values recognize two individuals who consistently demonstrate LHSC's values of respect, trust and collaboration - one focused on how we work together and the other on how we serve our patients. David Payne, Furniture and Equipment Specialist in Facilities Management, has been recognized by his colleagues for demonstrating LHSC’s core values in "how we work together." Josie Swan-Merrison, a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP) is recognized for demonstrating LHSC's core values in "how we serve our patients.”

  • The President's Award for Leadership recognizes leaders at LHSC – both formal and informal - who demonstrate leadership capabilities that make a significant difference to the effectiveness of our organization. This year’s recipient is Sherri Lawson, Director, Inpatient Mental Health.

  • The President’s Award for Innovation recognizes an individual or team who has demonstrated innovation capabilities that have made significant advances to the organization. This year’s recipient is Dr. Drew Thompson, Emergency Medicine Physician, who was nominated for introducing Point of Care Ultrasound into the Emergency Department at LHSC. POCUS allows for ultrasound imaging at the bedside, reducing diagnostic uncertainty, limiting radiation exposure, and expediting clinical decisions without requiring patients to leave the emergency department for testing.
  • Established to honour the leadership legacy of the late Dr. Murray Girotti, the President's Award for Physician Leadership recognizes physicians who demonstrate the leadership qualities he exemplified. There are two recipients of this award this year: Dr. Adam Dukelow, Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Dr. Ken Leslie, Chief of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Dukelow was nominated by his colleagues for leading the Emergency Department System Transformation project. Dr. Leslie was nominated for his contributions to the Division of General Surgery including the Rapid Standardized Operating Room (RAPSTOR) project.

You can visit the President's Award website for recipient bios.

About London Health Science Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 142 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 Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 65 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 nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit


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