September 30, 2004

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

London hospitals transfer Westminster Ponds lands to City of London

(LONDON, Ontario) - London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph's Health Care, London (SJHC) announced today that the transfer of Westminster Ponds lands to the City of London is complete.

All parties have now implemented the 2000 Westminster Ponds Draft Plan of Subdivision requirements, which resulted in the transfer of 103 acres of land from LHSC and SJHC to the City of London. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority will manage the land.

"The transfer of Westminster Ponds lands from London Health Sciences Centre to the City of London represents the hospital's commitment to the community to ensure that this very special environmentally significant area will now be under the stewardship of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority," says Dave Crockett, LHSC and SJHC vice-president facilities management and restructuring.

"This milestone is also a testament to the many years of consultation and participation among London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care, the City of London, the community, and the Westminster Ponds Advisory Committee to balance community needs for parkland and future health- related purposes."

Community members, hospital and city officials will gather for a celebration and tree planting ceremony on Saturday, October 2 to mark the official transfer of the Westminster Ponds lands. The community and the media are invited to attend.

Date: October 2, 2004

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Westminster Ponds Entrance
800 Commissioners Road East (behind Parkwood Hospital)