Communications Department


The Communications Department is the first point of contact for hospital media inquiries. We endeavour to facilitate your requests for interviews and identify the most appropriate spokesperson on any issue, be it the Board of Directors, Senior Management, physicians, or staff. We attempt to do so in an efficient and timely manner. Our aim is to offer support in your search for news about the hospital, to deliver information in an honest and transparent manner, and to be a resource in guiding you to the proper agencies in the event we cannot offer you the help you need.

The media is asked to contact the department in order to facilitate the following:

  • Patient condition updates
  • Interviews with patients, physicians and staff
  • Hospital access

Communications Team

Communications (direct line): (705) 523-7118
After-hours, contact Health Sciences North Switchboard: (705) 523-7100


Viviane Lapointe 
Chief, Communications and Community Engagement 
Dan Lessard
Media and Public Relations Officer 


The Communications Department at HSN is an international award-winning team recognized for excellence in Healthcare Marketing and PR by Ragan Communications, a leader in ​the field of Communications.

Awards were received for: Community Forums (Community Outreach), HSN's Intranet: The Hub (Internal Communications), HSN by the Numbers and HSN: Celebrating Our Achievements (Use of Visuals)


Internship Opportunities


The HSN Corporate Communications Department offers internship opportunities for communications students and recent graduates wanting to enhance their skills and practical knowledge of the communication field. These internship opportunities may arise at various times throughout the year. 

If you wish to be considered for a communications internship at HSN, please submit a letter and resume to