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President’s Award Program recognizes the extraordinary people at LHSC


For Immediate Release

January 16, 2015


(LONDON, Ontario) – Today at a special ceremony, Murray Glendining, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) recognized more than 20 nominees and awarded six individuals with a 2014 President’s Award.

“I am honoured to offer my sincere congratulations to these individuals, each of whom is helping to make a positive difference within our organization and community,” says Glendining.

Now in its eighth 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 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. Linda Jagelewski, charge nurse of cardiac surgery, has been recognized by her colleagues for demonstrating LHSC’s core values in "how we work together." Rosemary Leitch, a registered nurse with LHSC's Kidney Care Centre 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. For the first time there was a tie, and this year two deserving recipients were chosen: David McLean is a consultant on the Talent Strategy and Development team, and Cathy Vandersluis is LHSC’s Director of Clinical Neurological Sciences (CNS) and Infection Safety.
  • 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 recipient, Dr. Mandar Jog, is a neurologist in Clinical Neurological Sciences at University Hospital.
  • 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. Cheril Clarson, section head of paediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital is this year’s recipient.

Visit the President’s Award website for recipient bios and video remarks from their nominators.

About London Health Science Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 140 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 www.lhsc.on.ca


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