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LHSC’s Tony Dagnone announces retirement as president and CEO

LONDON, 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 this institution.”

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.
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