Volume 96, Issue 1

Thursday, May 23, 2002
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LHSC cash to boost patients' comfort

By Sheila McConnell
Gazette Writer

Western's London Health Sciences Centre received a $325,000 donation last Friday in support of their new Pre Admit Clinic.

Norton Wolf, president of the Bernard and Norton Wolf Family Foundation, announced the donation at the clinic's official opening at the LHSC's university campus. "If anything deserves our support, it is our London hospitals," Wolf said.

"We hope that this is the beginning of what could be a great relationship," Wolf said, adding the Bernard and Wolf Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded in 1982, plans to stay involved with the LHSC.

Representatives of the London community were present to thank the foundation for their generosity. "These are the people that make London such a special place," said Tony Dagnone, LHSC president and CEO, noting the Wolf family is very active in the London community.

"London's largest industry is health care. I believe that London has received the largest funding per capita," Dagnone said.

The donation to the Pre Admit Clinic gives hope for a bright and wonderful future in the London medical community, said David Hollomby, chair and chief of the LHSC's department of nephrology.

The Pre Admit Clinic will allow doctors to conduct tests and examinations on their patients before they are admitted for surgery, Hollomby said. The clinic will help the LHSC run more efficiently to prevent problems before they occur, he added.

"[This clinic will] optimize patient care and smooth recovery," said Davy Cheng, chair and chief of the LHSC's department of anesthesia and preoperative medicine.

London Ward six city councillor Harold Usher said the foundation's contribution was exceptional, noting the integral need for a new Pre Admit clinic.

"We hope that most people won't have to use it, but it is there if you need it," Cheng said.

The clinic includes an expanded waiting room, centralized services and more efficient and accessible space.

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