June 22, 2004

Debbie Neufert
Media Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 74772

Carla Rogers
Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship
London Health Sciences Foundation

London Health Sciences Campaign surpasses goal

(LONDON, Ontario) - The London Health Sciences Campaign, one of the largest hospital fundraising campaigns in Canada, has exceeded its goal of $104 million. Today at the Annual General Meeting of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), it was announced the Campaign raised a total of $121.5 million.

"This is a great moment in the history of our hospital and we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our donors and the Foundation for this landmark fundraising achievement for London Health Sciences Centre," says Tony Dagnone, LHSC President and CEO. Dagnone adds, "It is a testament to the tremendous support London Health Sciences Centre has in the community. The generosity of our donors helps to continue the tradition of excellence that our organization is recognized for."

The London Health Sciences Campaign evolved in response to the Ontario government's Health Services Restructuring Commission, which recommended London Health Sciences Centre take primary responsibility for specialized acute care in London and southwestern Ontario. The redevelopment plan called for large-scale changes at the hospital that required significant funding from the community.

The impact of the Campaign is already visible - in the new Emergency Care Centre and Operating Suites at the University Campus, and in the state-of-the-art Victoria Research Laboratories and Paediatric Critical Care Unit at the Victoria Campus. With more than two-dozen projects currently under way, the future of London Health Sciences Centre will become more tangible with every month that passes.

"The London Health Sciences Campaign has established a new standard of philanthropy in our community and we are extremely proud and honoured so many individuals and organizations have chosen London Health Sciences Foundation in which to make a considerable investment," says John Prueter, London Health Sciences Foundation's outgoing Board Chair.

At today's meeting it also was announced that Jeff Low is the new Chair of the Board for London Health Sciences Centre for the next two years, succeeding outgoing Chair Dan Ross. Jeff Low is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for CitiFinancial and has served on the LHSC board for seven years. Doug Alexander and Bob Siskind will both be serving as Vice-Chairs of the Board.

Diny Dalby is the new Chair of the London Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors. An accredited business communicator, she is owner and principal of Dalby & Dalby Associates, a communications consulting practice, and is currently serving her third term on the Foundation Board.

"We would like to extend our gratitude to Dan Ross and John Prueter for their strong leadership, time and commitment to our hospital over the last 24 months," says Tony Dagnone. "We look forward to the wealth of experience and leadership the new Board Chairs will provide in the next two years."

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 has three sites - University Campus, the South Street Site, and Victoria Campus, along with two Family Medical Centres and the London Regional Cancer Centre. 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 also partnered with London's other 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.