Northwestern Ontario Residents Get Better Access To Cardiac Services



    McGuinty Government Invests In Local Angioplasty Suite

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Residents of Northwestern Ontario will have better access to cardiac
services with the approval of a new angioplasty suite at the Thunder Bay
Regional Health Sciences Centre.
    Ontario is investing up to $8 million for a new angioplasty suite at the
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre so that residents of Northwestern
Ontario will no longer have to travel outside of the region for angioplasty
services.
    Northwestern Ontario currently has one of the highest rates of cardiac
disease in the province. In the past year about 450 patients from the region
had to be transferred to other sites in Ontario to receive an angioplasty
procedure.

    
    The new angioplasty suite will feature:
    -   Two cardiac catheterization labs used for angioplasties and other
        cardiac procedures
    -   Sixteen patient recovery stretchers
    

    QUOTES

    "Angioplasty services are in high-demand in Northwestern Ontario," said
Health and Long-Term Care Minister David Caplan. "This new angioplasty suite
will provide patients the cardiac care they require in a location that is
within their community."
    "This investment will allow Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
to move forward to increase angioplasty services," said Bill Mauro, MPP for
Thunder Bay-Atikokan. "The construction jobs associated with this announcement
are an added bonus to achieving our target of over 500 angioplasty procedures
per year."
    "This will mean even better access to life-saving angioplasty services
for the region," said Michael Gravelle, MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North. "This
announcement outlines our government's continued commitment to provide
Northwestern Ontarians with better access to health services and facilities
close to home."
    "This timely approval from the government will enable our hospital to
meet the increasing demands that we face for angioplasty services," said Ron
Saddington, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences
Centre.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Coronary angioplasty is the technique of mechanically widening a
        narrowed or obstructed blood vessel found in patients with coronary
        heart disease.
    -   With the new angioplasty suite, the hospital expects to perform 250
        angioplasty procedures in 2008/09, eventually reaching about 550
        procedures per year by 2010/2011.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
    (http://www.tbrhsc.net/).

    For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
    (Toll-free in Ontario only)
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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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