Queensway Carleton Hospital reaches new heights



    OTTAWA, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, joined
hospital officials from Queensway Carleton Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital,
construction workers and community members today to celebrate a major
milestone in the construction of a new satellite cancer centre at the
Queensway Carleton Hospital. The event follows a donation announcement by Dan
and Roger Greenberg who are each donating $1 million to the new cancer centres
at Queensway Carleton Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital.
    Dan Greenberg is Chair of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation's
Building on Our Strengths Campaign and Roger Greenberg is Honorary Co-chair of
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation's 20-20 Campaign.
    The expansion project at Queensway Carleton Hospital will include a new
four-storey building that will house three radiation treatment machines, two
clinics and 33 chemotherapy spaces and a seven-storey parking structure.
    This project is a partnership with The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer
Program, an integrated cancer program that aims to improve cancer treatment by
expanding radiation and associated cancer services at the two local hospitals;
Queensway Carleton and The Ottawa Hospital.
    The building team led by PCL began construction almost one year ago.
Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2009. There are about 180
workers on site daily, and 75 per cent of the trades are from the local
community.

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will
work with the Queensway Carleton Hospital to expand the hospital, which will
remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of
the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects -
ensuring they are built on time and on budget.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
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    Backgrounder

    On January 23rd, 2009 representatives from the province of Ontario joined
hospital officials from Queensway Carleton Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital,
construction workers and community members to celebrate a major milestone in
the construction of a new satellite cancer centre at the Queensway Carleton
Hospital.

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    "Reaching this stage of construction has been the result of a tremendous
amount of work and is extremely exciting," said George Smitherman, Deputy
Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "This expansion in
cancer-care is part of the largest reinvestment in health-care facilities
infrastructure in more than a generation in Ontario. Our government has
committed to a five-year, $30-billion infrastructure renewal program across
all sectors, spanning the entire province."

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    "This project is an essential part of the government's commitment to
renew hospitals," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"More patients will get faster access to high-quality cancer care closer to
home once The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program has been expanded."

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    "'Topping off' is a tradition on building sites that marks when the
highest point of the building has been reached. Today's celebration is one of
the final steps leading to the completion of the structure and the final
concrete pour for the new satellite cancer centre," said Jim Watson, MPP for
Ottawa West-Nepean. "Reaching this milestone demonstrates our government's
commitment to delivering a new cancer centre that this community needs and
deserves."

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    "We are thrilled to reach this milestone and to be one step closer to the
completion of our new satellite cancer centre," said Tom Schonberg, Queensway
Carleton Hospital President and CEO. "We are delighted that the Ontario
government has provided the funding for this crucially important project for
residents and patients in Ottawa and the surrounding communities."

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    "Reaching this milestone means that our community is closer to having
improved access to essential cancer services," said Dr. Jack Kitts, President
and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. "The redeveloped cancer centre at The Ottawa
Hospital and the new satellite cancer centre at the Queensway Carleton
Hospital will help provide quality cancer care to the entire region."

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    "I'm pleased to be a part of the celebrations for this significant
milestone," said John DeVries, President and General Manager of the Ottawa
Construction Association. "Our member companies and their local employees are
honoured to be taking part in a project that is so vital to our community."

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    "The renewal of The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program will make a
difference in the lives of people living in Ottawa and surrounding
communities. The partnership between The Ottawa Hospital and the Queensway
Carleton Hospital will make a range of cancer services more accessible to
local patients and reduce waiting times for much needed cancer services," said
Terry Sullivan, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario.

    
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    Backgrounder

    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program
    

    Founded in 1943, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre is an outpatient
cancer treatment and research facility that reaches out to serve the needs of
the Champlain Region. Currently, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre operates
mainly from two campuses: The Ottawa Hospital's General Campus, located in
Ottawa's east end, and The Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus, located in Ottawa's
west end.
    In 2002 Cancer Care Ontario and The Ottawa Hospital conducted a review to
ensure the hospital's regional program would be positioned to meet the demands
it would face in the future and address the shortage of space at the existing
facilities. Because the Civic Campus presents a variety of significant
facility development and expansion challenges, the decision was made to
consolidate all cancer services of The Ottawa Hospital at the General Campus
and introduce a satellite site at Queensway Carleton Hospital. These two
hospitals will provide cancer services for the entire region.
    The goal of this integrated cancer program is to bring together programs
in systemic therapy (chemotherapy), radiation therapy, surgical oncology,
preventative oncology, palliative medicine and supportive care.
    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program will serve a total population
of 1.5 million in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

    
    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program Project

    The Ottawa Hospital General Campus project includes:

    -   renovation and expansion of the existing cancer centre to consolidate
        The Ottawa Hospital's cancer services at the General Campus;
    -   capacity for eight radiation treatment machines and one standby
        machine;
    -   additional space to offer a total capacity for four clinics and 50
        chemotherapy spaces.

    The Queensway Carleton project includes:

    -   new construction of a four-storey building that will house three
        radiation treatment machines;
    -   two clinics and 33 chemotherapy spaces.

    Project Highlights:

    -   both sites will gain additional space for outpatient clinics,
        systemic therapy (chemotherapy) and supportive therapy;
    -   the décor and ambience of the ambulatory cancer facilities will be
        relaxing, comfortable and to the greatest extent possible non-
        institutional in appearance;
    -   special features will include supportive care elements, and the
        character of the region

    Construction for the two-site cancer project began in January 2008.


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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Energy
and Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Judy Brown, Queensway Carleton Hospital,
(613) 721-4700 x5601; Jessica Hooker, Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 327-5325


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