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Cliff Nordal now president/CEO of London Health Sciences

LONDON, Ont. – The Boards of Directors at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (SJHC) announced the appointment of Cliff Nordal (pictured) as President and CEO of LHSC effective January 1, 2006. Mr. Nordal assumed this role in addition to his role as President and CEO of SJHC.

Tony Dagnone, the previous LHSC President and CEO, retired on December 31, 2005.

The appointment of Cliff Nordal to lead LHSC, in addition to SJHC, was unanimously endorsed by the Boards of London’s hospitals as an innovative approach to ensure both hospitals continue to work closely together to complete hospital restructuring in London.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Nordal has agreed to take on the role of President and CEO at London Health Sciences Centre, in addition to his position at St. Joseph’s,” said Jeff Low, Chair of LHSC’s Board of Directors. “Cliff Nordal is the ideal CEO for both organizations at this time because of his knowledge of London’s hospitals, his credibility with the community and his commitment to the redevelopment of the London hospital system to best meet the interests of our patients, physicians, staff and students”.

The announcement of the dual appointment will not change the ownership and governance of either hospital corporation, or the Catholic mission of St. Joseph’s.

“This is not a merger of hospitals, rather a strengthening of one of the province’s most successful hospital partnerships”, said Paul Caplan, Chair of St. Joseph’s Board of Directors, “We know that Cliff has the capabilities and determination required for the advancement of these great organizations and patient care for London-Middlesex and all who come to us from across the region and beyond”.

“I am extremely honoured to accept the position of President and CEO at LHSC, a hospital with an outstanding reputation for providing high quality care and making significant medical advancements”, said Nordal. “I am equally honoured to remain the President and CEO of St. Joseph’s, an organization that demonstrates a unique blend of care, compassion and innovation. Together both hospitals are taking on new roles and responsibilities and making some of the most innovative program changes in this province in order to provide the best care possible to the people of London and region.”

Through the leadership of Cliff Nordal and Tony Dagnone, London hospitals have led the province in healthcare collaboration and system integration. “It is has been my privilege to know Cliff Nordal for over 20 years and he has been a valued partner and healthcare leader in our community”, said Tony Dagnone. “I have no doubt that Cliff will continue to advance London Health Sciences Centre’s reputation for innovation and quality patient care”.

London Health Sciences Centre is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs.

Located in London, Ont., LHSC encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; 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 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.

St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s unique blend of care and compassion extends over five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental healthcare.

Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Its research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. More than 400,000 patients annually receive care from close to 6,000 physicians and staff at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.