July 28, 2004

Debbie Neufert
Media Relations, LHSC
519-685-8500, ext. 74772

Top honours for LHSC Communication Department

(LONDON, Ontario) - The Communication Department at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) received several national awards at this year's annual conference of the Health Care Public Relations Association held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. LHSC captured four prestigious Hygeia awards, which recognize the work of Canadian health care public relations professionals.

A 1st place Hygeia award went to Bärbel Hatje, Publications Communications Consultant, for LHSC's 2003 Annual Report.

Tommasina Conte, Internal Relations Communications Consultant received a 2nd place Hygeia award in the "Special Purpose Communication Category" for her leadership in producing the 2003 Long Service Awards "The Care Cabaret: A Tribute to our Greatest Performers." The awards are an annual event to honour LHSC staff and physicians for their many years of service.

LHSC's Communication Department also received two Hygeia awards in the "The Internal Newsletter Category." Bärbel Hatje, Publications Communications Consultant won a 2nd place award for LHSC's internal publication "the Page." Tommasina Conte, Internal Relations Communications Consultant, took 3rd place honours for LHSC's internal electronic newsletter "E-cast".

In addition to the Hygeia awards, the London Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) also recognized the work of the LHSC Communication Department with a Virtuoso Award. Cathy Cuylle, Special Projects, and Greg Davies, Web Producer, received an Award of Merit at the Virtuoso Awards Gala for their on-line SARS Communication Survey for staff and physicians.

"In the past seven years, the Communication Department at LHSC has received 25 awards, 14 of which are Hygeia awards, and that is a testament to the high caliber and extremely talented staff," says Mary Gillet, LHSC Director of Communications.

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 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 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.