For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2010
(LONDON, Ontario) –The Chairs of the Boards of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) announced today that both organizations will return to a model in which each hospital is led by its own CEO. This separate CEO model will be implemented, effective January 1, 2011, after current CEO Cliff Nordal’s retirement.
"The shared CEO model under Cliff Nordal’s leadership was a great success and was the right model for the completion of acute care hospital restructuring,” said St. Joseph’s Board Chair Dr. Gerry Killan. "And we have achieved the distinct visions and roles established in 1997."
Under the current five-year agreement for the shared CEO role, it was mandated that as the agreement came to a close, the two Boards would review the leadership structure required at the next stage of the hospital care system’s evolution. After careful deliberations, the Boards are moving forward with a separate CEO model to best serve and advance the delivery of patient care and the hospitals’ role in the local and regional community.
"LHSC and St. Joseph’s became leaders in hospital integration before the shared CEO role was established. We advanced that tradition under the leadership of Cliff Nordal, and we will continue to lead the way in the coming years,” said LHSC Board Chair Bob Siskind. “We recognize the critical importance of the interdependencies of our two organizations. We remain absolutely clear and steadfast in our commitment to integration, to our academic missions and to working together to serve the patients and the needs of our community.”
At the time of the separate CEO implementation in January, 2011, the consolidation of acute care services between St. Joseph’s and LHSC will be nearly complete. Over 60 programs will have transferred, nearly 5,000 staff and physicians will be working in new locations and almost $600 million of construction will have been completed.
St. Joseph’s will be continuing its transformation from a focus on acute inpatient care to being a community and regional care provider of specialized acute day surgeries, clinic treatments and diagnostic programs, as well as a regional centre for specialized mental health care.
LHSC is the major community and regional centre for acute hospital care, including emergency, trauma, critical care, cardiac and other specialized programs. LHSC’s programs embody large inpatient programs that are supported by a range of diagnostic and outpatient services.
The Boards will continue working together to plan the next steps required at the Board level to best serve the hospitals’ commitment to integration.
"This is another significant juncture in the evolution of hospital care in this community. I have offered my full support to the Boards to help ensure a smooth transition,” adds Nordal.
"Both organizations have much work ahead of us,” said Killan. “Under Cliff’s leadership, we will focus our attention on the achievement of our 2011 restructuring milestones and to advancing the strategic plans of both organizations. All of our integrated structures will remain in place and it will be the expectation of new leadership to build and enhance these structures – to carry on the tradition.”
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 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 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 30 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 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. More than 400,000 patients annually receive care from close to 6,000 physicians and staff at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario
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