LHSC’s Tony Dagnone announces
retirement as president and CEO
Ont. – After a 38 year career in the healthcare system in Canada, London
Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) president and CEO, Tony Dagnone, announced
his plans to retire, effective December 31, 2005.
“This is a very emotional day for London Health Sciences Centre,” said
Jeff Low, Board Chair, LHSC. “Tony Dagnone (pictured
at left) has been an outstanding CEO.
He has provided exceptional vision and leadership. His unwavering
commitment and dedication to this hospital has led us to national
prominence. Tony is the founding President and CEO of London Health
Sciences Centre and will always hold a special place in the history of
Dagnone first came to London 13 years ago as president and CEO of the
former University Hospital. When University and Victoria hospitals
merged in 1995, Dagnone became the president and CEO of the newly
created London Health Sciences Centre.”
His decision to step down was reached after months of reflection and
planning. “With our significant achievement of Milestone 1 of our
redevelopment program, the timing is appropriate for my retirement,”
says Dagnone. “I look forward to spending more time with my family.”
Under Dagnone’s leadership, London Health Sciences Centre has achieved
numerous advancements in patient care including five world firsts, three
North American firsts and nine Canadian firsts.
During his tenure, London Health Sciences Centre has consistently rated
high in efficiency and patient satisfaction. The hospital has been a
leader in advancing technological innovations, including the development
of the world class CSTAR facility, the acquisition of state of the art
diagnostic and imaging systems, and has served as a model for the rest
of Canada in digital imaging and electronic patient record.
Alliances and partnerships have been a hallmark of Dagnone’s leadership,
from the successful merger of the two founding hospitals to the creation
of revolutionary strategic alliances with regional hospitals, healthcare
providers, industry partners and the development of the most integrated
city-wide hospital system in Ontario.
Dagnone is a highly respected leader across the province and across the
nation. He is the past Board Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association
and sits on several provincial and national health care committees.
In June, he was awarded the Canadian College of Health Services
Executives Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service. Dagnone has
devoted countless hours to community service and professional
organizations, including the United Way and a five-year commitment to
the Canada Summer Games.
In 1992, Dagnone was granted the Order of Canada for his work in the
community and leadership in health care. In 2003, he was awarded the
Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
“Serving London Health Sciences Centre and the London community has been
a great honour and a privilege,” says Dagnone. “I am very proud to be a
part of this great hospital. Above all, it has been a privilege for me
to work with the staff, physicians and volunteers of London Health
Sciences Centre who day in and day out provide exceptional,
compassionate care to our patients and play a key role in developing the
next generation of health care.”
A search for Dagnone’s replacement has begun, with the establishment of
a search committee by the Board of Directors.
Located in London, Ontario, LHSC has three sites – South Street
Hospital, University Hospital, and Victoria Hospital, along with two
family medical centres and the London Regional Cancer Program.
LHSC is the home of the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and CSTAR
(Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). The research arm
of LHSC is Lawson Health Research Institute, which is also partnered
with London’s other teaching hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.
LHSC is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Physicians
and staff at LHSC number close to 8,000 and together they provide care
for more than 600,000 patients each year.