President's Award Program recognizes the extraordinary people at LHSC


For Immediate Release

December 9 , 2016


(LONDON, Ontario) – Today at a special ceremony, Murray Glendining, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) recognized 28 nominees and awarded seven individuals with a 2016 President's Award.

"This year's President's Award recipients are a group of remarkable individuals who are truly making a positive difference within and beyond our hospital walls," says Glendining.

Now in its tenth year, the President's Award Program at LHSC celebrates staff, physicians and volunteers for their efforts in a number of categories, recognizing those who go above and beyond to serve patients, colleagues, and the community. This year the following awards were presented:

  • The President's Award for Community Service was awarded to Linda Kuska, a registered nurse in the Orthopedic Program for her leadership with London's Dragon Board Festival and the Rowbust team. This award recognizes an individual at LHSC whose volunteer achievements have made a difference to the lives of people in our community.
  • The President's Awards for Living Our Core Values recognizes two individuals who consistently demonstrate LHSC's values of respect, trust and collaboration - one focused on how we work together and the other on how we serve our patients. Sal Treesh, Technologist in the Renal Program's Biomedical Engineering team, has been recognized by his colleagues for demonstrating LHSC's core values in "how we work together." Shirley Woodfield, a PSW in the Clinical Neurosciences Program is recognized for demonstrating LHSC's core values in "how we serve our patients."
  • The President's Award for Leadership recognizes leaders at LHSC - both formal and informal - who demonstrate leadership capabilities that make a significant difference to the effectiveness of our organization. This year's recipient is Heidi Braaksma, Coordinator, Regional and Specialty Services in the Mental Health Care Program.
  • The President's Award for Innovation recognizes an individual or team who has demonstrated innovation capabilities that have made a significant difference to the effectiveness of the organization. This year's recipients are, Dr. James Howard and Dr. Brent Lanting, orthopedic surgeons, were co-nominated for this award for bringing an innovative surgical technique to patients in need of total hip replacement, resulting in faster and more effective recovery for patients, and often allows patients to return home following only an overnight stay in hospital, or in some cases, the same day.
  • Established to honour the leadership legacy of the late Dr. Murray Girotti, the President's Award for Physician Leadership recognizes a physician who demonstrates the leadership qualities he exemplified. Dr. Victoria Siu, Director of the Medical Genetics Program, is this year's recipient. Dr. Siu was nominated by her colleagues for her contributions to the field of genetics at the local, provincial, national and international levels.

You can visit the President's Award website for recipient bios.

About London Health Science Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 141 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, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 65 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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