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Kim Spirou, shown here in Nov. 2009, is stepping down as vice president of communications and development at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ont. ((CBC News))

The spokeswoman for a Windsor, Ont., hospital that has taken several public relations hits in recent years, is stepping down.

Kim Spirou is leaving her job as vice president of communications and development at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital.

Spirou is not leaving the hospital entirely as she will become the full-time president of the hospital's foundation, which is a fundraising body.

Spirou had been doing both jobs for the past five years.

Hospital faces new lawsuits

Spirou's first day on the job in 2005 was the day nurse Lori Dupont was stabbed to death in the hospital at the hands of Marc Daniel, a doctor at Hôtel-Dieu Grace.

The Dupont family later successfully sued the hospital because the administration knew Daniel had been harassing Dupont but did not discipline him.

Earlier this year, the hospital was again cast into the spotlight when it was revealed more than one patient had undergone unnecessary surgery at Hôtel-Dieu Grace.

The province launched a sweeping review of thousands of patient files, placing particular focus on patients whose cases had been reviewed by pathologist Dr. Olive Williams or who had been treated by Dr. Barbara Heartwell.

Several patients have launched lawsuits against the hospital in light of the diagnostic and surgical errors.

Spirou steps down in November

Spirou said the escalating demands of both portfolios made it difficult to fulfill all her obligations.

In the fall of 2009, Spirou was named communicator-of-the-year by the Ontario Hospital Association.

The job change takes effect in November.