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June 06, 2001

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London Health Sciences Centre a finalist for 2001 Computerworld honors

(LONDON, Ontario) - London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is pleased to announce it's Robotic Surgery Program was named as a finalist for a coveted 21st Century Achievement Award by the 2001 Computerworld Honors Program.

ComputerMotion Inc. nominated the Beating Heart RAVECAB (Robotically-Assisted, Video-Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass) for minimally invasive surgical treatment in recognition of its contributions to the global information technology revolution and its impact on society.

London Health Sciences Centre was selected as one of five finalists in the Medicine category. A formal ceremony was held Monday, June 4 in Washington, D.C. with nearly 1,000 guests present to celebrate LHSC's achievements. Guests included industry leaders and professionals, former award recipients, chairmen, judges, and representatives of the academic and diplomatic community from the nearly 40 countries represented by laureates in the fourteen-year-old program.

From more than 500 nominations submitted worldwide by the 100 industry chairmen and CEOs who serve on the program's Chairmen's Committee, 311 were honored as laureates at ceremonies held in San Francisco, on April 8-9, 2001. Honorees were celebrated for their significant achievements in the use of IT to benefit mankind across the following 10 categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation.

"Finalists for 2001 Computerworld Honors represent those organizations whose use of information technology has been especially noteworthy for the originality of its conception, the breadth of its vision, and the significance of its benefit to society," said Patrick J. McGovern, chairman of the Computerworld Honors Program Chairmen's Committee.

"I am so pleased that the dedicated staff and physicians involved in our Robotic Program have been recognized with this award nomination," says Tony Dagnone, President and CEO at LHSC. "The work they are doing is leading edge, innovative, and exciting and, most importantly, it is benefitting patients in Ontario, Canada, and the world."

This year's collection includes innovative applications of technology from 34 states and 24 countries that have been archived in the Computerworld Honors collections. Additional information about the 2001 collection is available at www.cwheroes.org where the entire collection is available to scholars, researchers and the general public worldwide.

About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre is one of Canada's largest teaching hospitals as a result of the merger between University Hospital and Victoria Hospital in October 1995. This year marks our 125th year of healthcare and fifth year as London Health Sciences Centre.

Dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research, London Health Sciences Centre has a capacity of 776 beds and 38 bassinets. The staff of 7,237 care for more than 700,000 inpatient, outpatient and emergency patients annually.

About the Computerworld Honors Program

The Computerworld Honors Program was created in 1988 when chairmen of the 100 leading IT companies saw the need to identify and celebrate the people making the most significant achievements in the use of IT for the benefit of mankind. These leaders agreed to work together to ensure that heroic individuals who were using IT to benefit society were remembered and that their innovative works were collected and preserved. The Computerworld Honors collections now encompass nearly 4,000 case studies submitted by laureates on six continents. The program annually provides copies of these case studies, along with oral histories, video biographies and other primary source materials on the history of IT to more than 140 museums, libraries, universities and research institutions worldwide.