Toronto (Nov. 10, 2006) - University Health Network (UHN) is pleased to announce Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex, will visit various sites of UHN on November 20-22, 2006.

The Countess of Wessex is the patron of UHN's Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital and the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Over the course of her three-day visit The Countess of Wessex will meet with staff, physicians, researchers and patient and will pay tribute to the staff at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and tour the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

"We are very pleased to welcome The Countess of Wessex back to UHN," said Dr. Bob Bell, President and CEO, UHN. "Her visit is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the people and technology that make our hospital one of the world's leaders in patient care, medical research and education."

This is The Countess of Wessex's second visit to the Toronto General Hospital and first to the Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Medical Discovery Tower. In June 2005 The Countess of Wessex celebrated the rededication of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. These visits further the legacy UHN has with the Royal Family. Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the three hospitals that comprise University Health Network, is named after The Earl of Wessex's late aunt, Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

Media are invited to attend a photo opportunity of The Countess at the tribute to Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Staff on Monday, November 20 at 19:00h.

About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute. The Foundation's vision is to enable global leadership and innovation in health by developing and sustaining strong relationships with University Health Network stakeholders.

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UHN consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals. The scope of research and complexity of patient care at UHN has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in transplantation, cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, regenerative medicine and genomic medicine. UHN is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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