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Bonnie Adamson named President and CEO of LHSC

LONDON, Ont. – Peter Johnson, Chair of London Health Science Centre’s Board of Directors, announced that Bonnie Adamson (pictured) will become the hospital’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 25, 2010.

Adamson is a healthcare leader of provincial and national prominence. She brings an unparalleled background of success, including leading one of the largest community teaching hospitals in the country as well as experience as a CEO of a smaller hospital in our region.

“We are very pleased to be able to attract a hospital leader of Bonnie’s stature,” says Johnson. Adamson’s appointment was unanimously supported by the LHSC Board. “Over the past three decades, she has built a very impressive record as a highly effective leader and has literally transformed the institutions that she has led.”

Since 2002, Adamson has been the President and CEO of North York General Hospital, where she created a dynamic and innovative culture, led a financial turnaround and achieved breakthrough patient safety and quality results.

At the centre of the SARS situation in 2003, Adamson successfully led the hospital through that most difficult and challenging time.

“Bonnie is a highly respected and valued colleague. She is a very experienced and skilled hospital leader with a strong record of success and a commitment to quality and patient safety. I am very pleased that she is joining London Health Sciences Centre and I am confident that she will provide the leadership required for the future,” says Cliff Nordal, current President and CEO, LHSC.

Adamson was the founding President and CEO of the Huron Perth Partnership in 1998, leading eight independent hospitals into a high performance, single integrated service delivery system.

Prior to that, she enjoyed a 20-year career at LHSC and the former Victoria Hospital, serving in a variety of roles including Clinical Educator, Nurse Supervisor, Head Nurse, Director of Nursing and Vice President of Nursing.

Adamson also served as the Vice President of Patient Networks and Alliances, creating the initial strategic vision and goals of enhanced partnerships with health care agencies across southwestern Ontario.

“Bonnie is a highly regarded leader who has distinguished herself from her peers by focusing on strategy, quality and collaboration,” says Tom Closson, CEO Ontario Hospital Association. “Bonnie has led high performing organizations, through difficult, transformational times, and ably managed an international crisis at the highest level in Canadian health care.”

Says Dr. Michael Strong, Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and LHSC CEO selection committee member: “Bonnie shares my passion for London’s future as a leader in medical education and research. I am very much looking forward to working closely with not only Bonnie, but also the new President and CEO for St. Joseph’s Health Care, in translating this passion into positioning London as a national and international leader in health care.”

The boards of LHSC and St. Joseph’s remain committed to integrating and streamlining care, teaching and research and to continue to work together to deliver excellent health services for the residents of London, southwestern Ontario and beyond. The announcement of LHSC’s new President and CEO comes as a result of a closely collaborative search process conducted with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, also recruiting for their new President and CEO.

“This is a historic day for London Health Sciences Centre,” says Johnson. “Today we announce the third-ever President and CEO of LHSC and we are thrilled to have Bonnie join us. She understands and is passionate about LHSC’s 135-year tradition of care and innovation, and as a Board we are confident that Bonnie will lead London Health Sciences Centre to a new and exciting future.”

“I am honoured to lead London Health Sciences Centre into the future and to build on the work of those before us,” says Adamson. “The strength of London Health Sciences Centre is its people - staff, physicians, nurses, volunteers and Board. I look forward to working with them to advance London Health Sciences Centre’s mission of care, research and teaching.”

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 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

Posted September 9, 2010