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Santa Claus and the Olympic Flame to visit Children’s Hospital at LHSC


For Immediate Release:
December 23, 2009

(LONDON, Ontario) – The long anticipated arrival of Santa Claus and a very special appearance of the Olympic Flame promises to make Christmas morning brighter for children staying in the hospital this year.

Santa and his special “elves” – the Shriners, will be spreading Christmas cheer and personally delivering gifts to all the children.

At the same time, John Furlong, CEO, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will be bringing the Olympic Flame for a private visit with the children.

Media are invited to attend Santa's tour and the Olympic Flame visit of the paediatric unit at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.

Please RSVP to LHSC Corporate Communications at 519 685-8500 ext. 76760

Date: Friday, December 25, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. sharp

Children's Hospital

London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital

800 Commissioners Road East

D Zone, Level 7

Enter the hospital through the glass ramp (D Entrance) off the parking lot by the Helicopter pad (parking lot P1). You will be met in the covered walkway by Corporate Communications and escorted to the tour.

For more information contact:
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 76760

After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call


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