Front-line Cancer Care Professionals Recognized for Exceptional and Compassionate Patient Care



    Cancer Care Ontario Presents Human Touch Awards

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Cancer patients depend on their health care
professionals to help guide and support them through this difficult time.
Today, Cancer Care Ontario presents the Human Touch Awards to honour
front-line cancer care professionals from across the province for providing
exceptional and compassionate care to cancer patients.
    "It is a privilege for me to honour these front line heroes of cancer
care in Ontario," says Richard Ling, Chairman, Board of Directors, Cancer Care
Ontario. "These awards acknowledge those who have gone beyond their job
descriptions to extend the kind of care to patients we would all want our
loved ones to receive."
    All part-time or full-time health care professionals and providers who
provide direct patient care at either a regional cancer centre or as part of
the Regional Cancer Program including home care, palliative care, public
health, community hospitals and primary care are eligible for the award.
    "Every day these extraordinary teams and individuals provide high quality
clinical care to patients and equally important is the personal care and
kindness provided to patients as they make their way through their cancer
journey," says Terrence Sullivan, PhD, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario.
"We congratulate and thank these individuals today for their devotion and
compassion to cancer patients and their families."
    The partnership between Cancer Care Ontario, government and the
organizations, health professionals and front-line care providers that make up
the Regional Cancer Programs are critical to providing high quality cancer
care and making sure the system works for patients.
    "Ontario's progress in the fight against cancer would not be possible
without the work and dedication of front-line cancer care professionals and
providers," said Hon. George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care. "On behalf of the people of Ontario, I want to thank the award winners
and congratulate them for their tremendous contributions."

    
    Human Touch Award Winners:

    -   Donna Danelon, Registered Dietitian, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre
    -   Breast Disease Site Team, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health
        Sciences
    -   Dr. Karen Mazurski, Regional Oncology Physician, Dryden Regional
        Health Centre, North West LHIN
    -   3Z Blood Disorders Unit, McMaster University Medical Centre,
        Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences
    -   Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Oncology/Palliative Care Team, Erie St.
        Clair LHIN
    -   Rosanne Peever-Trottier, Director of Nursing, Anson General Hospital,
        North East LHIN
    -   Dr. Dori Seccareccia, Palliative Care Physician, Princess Margaret
        Hospital, Toronto
    -   Chemotherapy Clinic Team, Centenary Site, Rouge Valley Health System,
        Scarborough
    

    Cancer Care Ontario is a provincial agency that steers and coordinates
Ontario's cancer services and prevention efforts so that fewer people get
cancer and patients receive the highest quality of care.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Fiona Taylor, Public Affairs,
Cancer Care Ontario, Tel: (416) 971-9800 ext. 3336, or email:
Fiona.taylor@cancercare.on.ca


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