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Ministry of Labour investigating death of London Health Sciences Centre staff member


For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2009

(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre is mourning the recent death of a valued staff member who was also a patient at our hospital. Due to patient privacy laws we can not comment on details. However, London Health Sciences Centre did immediately initiate contact with the Ministry of Labour as a result of the circumstances of the death.

The Ministry of Labour is now conducting an investigation. Once it is complete, the Ministry of Labour will issue a report which both the Ministry and the London Health Sciences Centre will make public. We do not believe there are any related health and safety risks for our staff and patients.

“Our focus right now is on supporting the investigation and responding to the needs of staff, co-workers and family,” says Cliff Nordal, London Health Sciences Centre President and Chief Executive Officer. “London Health Sciences Centre is committed to health and safety in the workplace and to safe patient care.”

We offer our sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues.


About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 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 South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s 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

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For more information contact:

Bärbel Hatje
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 75947

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