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Joint Statement from London’s Hospitals’ Board Chairs


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For Immediate Release:
September 29, 2009

With the unanimous endorsement of the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London boards, Cliff Nordal, shared president and CEO, has moved forward to end the employment contract with integrated vice president and CIO, Diane Beattie, by mutual agreement and effective October 2.

It is now clear that the current circumstances compromise Diane’s ability to continue to lead in this capacity, which is necessary for the priority patient care initiatives vital to the future of health care in our region. Diane agrees this step is in the best interest of the hospitals and our community, and concluded that she could not continue in this role. With this shared understanding, she will support the smooth transition of leadership. Diane has played an important role in establishing our region as a leader in patient care systems, and we thank her for contributions to our health care system.

This has been a very difficult situation for many, including staff, physicians and the community. We appreciate the concern all have for our health care system and the important contributions of so many to the missions of our hospitals. We also recognize the due diligence of the boards of directors and Cliff Nordal’s strong, principled leadership during this challenging time.

We remain committed to work in concert with the South West Local Health Integration Network and our care, teaching and research partners. While much has been accomplished to place London’s hospital system at the fore of care, teaching and research, there is very important work that must proceed.

Our hospital business practices are being improved as a result of the valid concerns previously identified. Together, we are dedicated to strengthening the support of all community stakeholders. Our organizations will continue to do what we do best – provide exemplary care for London and surrounding area.

Robert Siskind, Chair

London Health Sciences Centre

Gerald Killan, Chair
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London

For more information contact:

Sarah Corrigan

London Health Sciences Centre

519 685-8500 ext. 77062

Betty Dann

St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
519 646-6100 ext. 64792


After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 or St. Joseph’s Switchboard at 519-646-6000 and ask to page the communicator-on-call.