September 27, 2005

James Bullbrook
Communication Consultant,
City-wide Restructuring
Phone 685-8500 ext 75532


Province makes major hospital funding announcement at LHSC Annual Meeting

(LONDON, Ontario) - The Hon. Christopher Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP London West, today announced major funding for the completion of restructuring projects at London Health Sciences Centre's Victoria and University Hospitals. He made the announcement at the LHSC Annual Meeting, on behalf of Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman and Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan.

"This government investment will give local residents better access to a full range of hospital services," said Bentley, "This project is important to everyone in our community."

The provincial investment will improve patient care by completing the redevelopment project and by providing new, state-of-the-art facilities at LHSC to consolidate acute in-patient services at its Victoria and University Hospitals, and close the out-dated South Street Hospital. A highlight of the announcement is funding to complete the future home of the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and Grace Donnelly Women's Health Pavilion.

"This year saw the successful accomplishment of the most complex move of patients and programs ever undertaken in Canada," said Tony Dagnone, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre. "Today's announcement ensures that this work will be completed and in several years we will have a new modern home for women's and children's health, acute mental health and medical/surgical programs, which will allow us to finally close South Street Hospital. We are grateful to the Ontario government for ensuring that LHSC continues to be a leading teaching hospital in Canada."

The Government of Ontario has approved the London Health Sciences Centre project as an alternative financing and procurement project. This means the construction work will be financed and carried out by the private sector, which will assume the financial risks if the project is not finished on time and on budget. Once the hospital is built, it will be publicly owned, controlled and accountable.

At LHSC's 10th Annual General Meeting, CEO and President Tony Dagnone reported on the highlights of the past year in his report to the community. Major accomplishments included a number of international, North American and Canadian medical firsts in robotic-assisted surgeries at CSTAR. Dagnone also discussed London hospitals restructuring including the success of June 12th, which saw the most complex move of patients and programs ever undertaken in Canada.

London Health Sciences Centre 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.

Fact Sheet (pdf)

After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at (519) 685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call.