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For Immediate Release:

November 15 , 2011

London Health Sciences Centre celebrates its people

Over 1,000 honoured with Service Awards

LONDON, ON – Last evening, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) honoured over one thousand talented staff members, researchers and physicians for achieving service milestones.

Collectively representing almost 20,000 years of service, LHSC recognized the extraordinary people who work at the organization providing excellence in patient care, teaching and research every day. They are the individuals who have helped shape the LHSC tradition of caring and innovation.

“A hospital is about buildings and equipment, care is about people,” says Bonnie Adamson, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre. “People are at the heart of everything we do so it is really important that we celebrate those who have served LHSC, the community and the region so well, for so long.”

There were 204 individuals who celebrated greater than a quarter of a century with LHSC – 30, 35 and 40 years, along with one individual who celebrated a remarkable 45 years of service at LHSC.

'Whether on the front lines of health care or supporting those who are, each brings skill and talent to create an exceptional experience for the patient and all those they interact with,” Adamson added.

About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 136 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, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute 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 50 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 www.lhsc.on.ca .

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For media inquiries contact:                                                               

Mandy Gelinas

Corporate Communications and Public Relations

London Health Sciences Centre

519-685-8500, ext. 75157   mandy.gelinas@lhsc.on.ca

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