LHSF Executive Message

It is always nice to take a moment to look back and reflect on the successes and achievements of the past year. In June, we were incredibly proud to announce that our Foundation became one of the first 27 charities nationwide and one of only four hospital foundations to earn the right to display the Imagine Canada Trustmark.

Throughout the year, our events and lotteries continued their tradition of raising awareness in the community while also contributing vital funds to our Hospital. The 7th annual Tastings raised $244,000 in support of translational cancer research at London Health Sciences Centre's London Regional Cancer Program and the 26th annual Country Classic Auction netted $460,000 for Minimally Invasive Surgical Technologies.  We were also excited to be part of a successful, city-wide collaboration that presented the inaugural See the Line on August 14-15, helping bring national media attention to concussion awareness and research. The spring Dream Lottery netted $1.3 million in support of local health care; fall results promise to raise this significant figure substantially.

It was also an incredible year for donor support and the impact our donors have on our Hospital. Two major medical announcements involving donor-supported surgical robots were made at LHSC this past year:  A Canadian first living-donor kidney removal for transplant purposes through a single incision point using a da Vinci robotic surgical system, and a Canadian first robotic single-site gallbladder removal. Because of successes like these, LHSC was announced as the National Training Centre for robotic-assisted surgery by Intuitive Medical Inc. last January, marking an exciting beginning to a wonderful year.

Thank you for being part of such a special year.

Dan Ross