SIX ONTARIANS HONOURED FOR IMPROVING LIVES OF CANCER PATIENTS

Cancer Care Ontario Human Touch Awards

TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - Six Ontarians whose kindness, compassion and professionalism have made life better for cancer patients were honoured at Cancer Care Ontario's fifth annual Human Touch Awards in Toronto on April 21.

"These are special individuals, whose caring nature and commitment to patients brings the human touch to patients in the provision of exceptional cancer care," said Michael Sherar, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "Their compassion has enhanced the quality of life for cancer patients across Ontario through their recognition of the importance of caring for a patient's emotional needs in addition to their clinical needs."

The Human Touch Awards recognize those who have made a difference in patient lives through exceptional compassionate care. The Awards are open to all part-time or full-time health care providers, professionals, and volunteers in Ontario who provide direct patient care at either a regional cancer centre or as part of a Regional Cancer Program.

"The Human Touch Awards reflect our shared mission to do everything we can to enhance the quality of life of people who are living their lives with cancer," said Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. "All of us are fortunate that we have every day, dedicated health-care professionals and volunteers who become trusted partners with patients in the cancer journey. Every day, they go above and beyond the expected."

This year's Human Touch Awards winners in the Staff Professionals category are: Deborah Gammon, Special Access Facilitator, Windsor Regional Hospital, Erie St. Clair LHIN, Georgina McCulloch, RN, Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Waterloo Wellington LHIN; Kate Wick, RPN, Bayshore Home Health, Waterloo Wellington LHIN; Dr. Ken Gehman, Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre, North West LHIN; Helen Mark, Nurse Clinician, Women's College Hospital, Toronto Central LHIN.

The award in the Volunteer Category went to Anthony Peters, a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, Erie St. Clair LHIN.

The Human Touch Awards are jointly sponsored by Cancer Care Ontario - the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services and the Ontario government's cancer advisor - and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. The awards are made possible in part by a generous donation from the RBC Foundation.

SOURCE Cancer Care Ontario

For further information:

Ron MacInnes, Manager, Public Affairs
Cancer Care Ontario
416-971-9800 ext. 3788
Ron.macinnes@cancercare.on.ca


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