St. Joseph 's Health Care London shares Sicko spotlight : The film features the incredible HULC (Hand and Upper Limb Centre)

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London , Ontario - St. Joseph 's Health Care, London will be playing a starring role in the much-anticipated release of Sicko, set to make its North American debut in London today.

Oscar-winning director Michael Moore will be on hand to introduce the documentary before its screening at Silver City ( Masonville Place ).

Sicko, which challenges the U.S. health care industry, contains images of and interviews with a surgeon and patient of St. Joseph 's Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC). The patient, a Woodstock area man, lost all the fingers on one hand in an industrial accident and had them reattached at HULC. His story is contrasted with the experience of a man in the U.S. who also lost his fingers but couldn't afford to have all of them reattached.

The film, already generating much buzz, also features interviews with patients in St. Joseph 's Urgent Care Centre.

"The expertise of our HULC team has been a source of pride for St. Joseph 's since it opened in 1992," says president and CEO Cliff Nordal. "Now the world will know of the excellence provided by this highly acclaimed and cutting-edge facility."

The HULC success stories are many, adds HULC director Dr. James Roth, a founder of the centre. "To share our achievements in the bright lights of the entertainment world is certainly a new experience, but I'm pleased the excellent work of our team is being recognized on such a grand scale."

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For more information contact:

Linda Whitmore, Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph 's Health Care London
519 646-6100

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 five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. 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. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their 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 .