For Immediate Release

November 15, 2012

LHSC congratulates recipient of
Internationally Educated Nurse of the Year Award


LONDON, Ontario –London Health Sciences Centre congratulates Ismail El-Assaad on becoming the 2012 recipient of the CARE Centre Joan Lesmond Internationally Educated Nurse of the Year Award.

El-Assaad is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at LHSC’s University Hospital. He has worked as a nurse instructor and senior nurse in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates before immigrating to Canada in 2009.

“We consider ourselves extremely fortunate that Ismail has made London and LHSC his home,” says Bonnie Adamson, LHSC President and CEO. “Our staff and our patients benefit from his skills, compassion and commitment and we are thrilled that he is being recognized with this prestigious award.”

The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada, providing immigrant nurses with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. The award presented to El-Assaad is named after the late nursing leader Dr. Joan Lesmond, who championed the cause of IEN education and integration.


About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 137 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit


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