June 20, 2005

Tommasina Conte
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
519-685-8500, ext. 7706

LHSC President & CEO Tony Dagnone receives national Distinguished Service Award

(LONDON, Ontario) - London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) President & Chief Executive Officer Tony Dagnone has been awarded the Canadian College of Health Services Executives (CCHSE) Chairman's Award for Distinguished Service.

The Chairman's Award recognizes distinguished service in health care management. Recipients are selected by a committee of colleagues and peers from across Canada, and presented with the award at the College's annual Awards Ceremony held prior to the start of the National Healthcare Leadership Conference. Dagnone received his award on June 5 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

"Tony's selection as the recipient of the CCHSE Distinguished Service Award is a testament to his extraordinary contributions to the field of health care management and to the high esteem in which he is held by his peers," says Jeff Low, LHSC Board Chair. "Tony is a tireless advocate for London Health Sciences Centre and a highly respected leader across both Canada and North America."

Dagnone is Past Board Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association and sits on several provincial and national health care committees. He is a former chair of the Canadian College of Health Care Executives, and was responsible for establishing the College's Saskatchewan chapter in 1978. Dagnone has devoted countless hours to community service and professional organizations, including the United Way and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 1992, he was granted the Order of Canada for his work in the community and leadership in health care. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

The Canadian College of Health Services Executives (CCHSE) is a not-for-profit educational and professional association of over 3,000 members from across all sectors of health services. Founded in 1970 on a strong belief that creating a national association of health service executives would provide the opportunity for professional support and contribute to the advancement of health services management, the College offers a forum for the exchange of ideas and information as well as professional development opportunities.

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 encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; two family medical centres; and the London Regional Cancer Program. 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 partnered with London's other teaching 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.