Volume 93, Issue 14

Wednesday, September 22, 1999


Jocks can't opt out

Report on abuse unveiled

Funding to target women's health

Sex study shows Canadian youth get more nookie

U of T backs out of business deal

India-Pakistan conflict raises concern

For student needs, bet on the net

Tan and Reform MP discuss CASA campaign


bass ackwards

Caught on campus

Funding to target women's health

By Tola Afolabi and Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Formal plans to open two new women's health facilities in London were announced yesterday in an event which brought community leaders together to celebrate.

At the Westminister campus of the London Health Sciences Centre, Robert Burgstahler, president and general manager of 3M Canada Co., announced a pledge of $1.5 million to establish a new facility designed for women's health and another for osteoporosis.

"Both of these programs will be linked together for the health care of women," he said.

"We all know health care faces challenges in the environment we live in," he said, adding these facilities are investments in the future of London.

According to Tony Dagnone, president and CEO of LHSC, The Grace Donnely Women's Health Pavillion is scheduled to open next door to the health sciences centre in 2003, while the other facility, The 3M Osteoporosis Centre, will open in St. Joseph's Health Centre on the eve of the new millennium.

Dagnone said he was thrilled 3M has decided to sponsor the new facilities, stating women are a community's chief health providers.

"We do have an obligation to them to ensure that there are sufficient and timely services to provide the health care services that they need," he said.

Dagnone added the facility would include information and services for issues such as nutrition, family violence, sexual health, as well as prenatal and postnatal care.

"I know that excellence is one of the hallmarks of 3M," he said.

Cliff Nordal, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Centre, said the addition of an osteoporosis facility to St. Joseph's was a very welcome initiative in the health care of women.

"This is an outstanding contribution to our health centre and community," he said. "This particular centre will allow us to serve women with osteoporosis much better."

Mayor Dianne Haskett said London is very fortunate for these two new facilities. "3M is a company we feel very honoured to have in our city," she said. "We're just so grateful the community is recognizing the importance of women's health."

Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Colleges and Universities and Member of Provincial Parliament for London North Centre, said the day was particularly significant.

"Today's a day of celebration, a special day for women," she said. "I think it's long overdue."

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