Strategy Launched to Strengthen Connection Between Family Medicine and Cancer Centres



    Health Professionals Appointed to Lead Primary Care and Cancer Strategy

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Family physicians and nurses play a critical
role in cancer screening and throughout the cancer journey. They greatly
influence patient screening behaviours and help to make sure that the cancer
system meets local patient care needs. Today, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO)
launched a Primary Care and Cancer Strategy to strengthen the connection
between family medicine and the cancer system.
    "Engaging primary care across the cancer care continuum is an essential
step in reducing the burden of cancer and improving care," said Cancer Care
Ontario President and CEO Terrence Sullivan. "Building and supporting this
strategy will help to make sure that patients receive the best quality care
every step of the way."
    As a key step in implementing the strategy, CCO has appointed a
provincial lead for primary care and a regional lead in each Local Health
Integration Network (LHIN). Together they form a Provincial Primary Care
Network and act as local contacts for primary care providers and regional
cancer centres in Ontario.

    
    The members include:
    -   Dr. Cheryl Levitt, Provincial Clinical Lead, Primary Care, CCO;
    -   Dr. John Day, Erie St. Clair LHIN;
    -   Dr. Sophie Wilson, Waterloo Wellington LHIN;
    -   Dr. Michael Mills, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN;
    -   Dr. Sandy Buchman, Toronto Central LHIN;
    -   Dr. Marla Ash, Central LHIN;
    -   Dr. Sheila-Mae Young, Central East LHIN;
    -   Dr. Hugh Langley, South East LHIN;
    -   Dr. Lee Donohue, Champlain LHIN;
    -   Dr. Leslie Hutchings, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN;
    -   Dr. Amanda Hey, North East LHIN, and
    -   Dr. Heather McLean, North West LHIN.

    "This strategy will promote the voice of primary care in the cancer system
and the voice of the cancer system in family practice," said Dr. Cheryl
Levitt, provincial clinical lead for primary care.
    The strategy's initial focus will be on improving screening and detection
rates within the ColonCancerCheck program. From here, these methods will be
applied to other screening programs. For more information visit
www.cancercare.on.ca.


    BACKGROUNDER

                       Provincial Primary Care Network

    DR. CHERYL LEVITT
    Provincial Clinical Lead Primary Care, Cancer Care Ontario
    Dr. Cheryl Levitt has practiced comprehensive family practice for more
than 30 years. She is an international medical graduate and trained in South
Africa. She was the President of the Ontario College of Family Practice in
2005-2006 and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster
University in Hamilton from 1996-2006.

    Regional Primary Care Leads:

    DR. JOHN DAY
    Windsor Regional Cancer Program
    LHIN 1: ERIE ST. CLAIR
    Dr. John Day has a family practice in Windsor and has a special interest
in hospital medicine and sports medicine. He is an adjunct Professor in the
new satellite medical school via the Schulich School of Medicine at the
University of Western Ontario.

    DR. SOPHIE WILSON
    Grand River Regional Cancer Centre
    LHIN 3: WATERLOO WELLINGTON
    Dr. Sophie Wilson has a family practice in Kitchener and is co-lead for
the Phoenix Family Health Organization. She is a tutor and resident preceptor
for the new McMaster Medical School Waterloo campus. She has experience as a
journalist prior to her medical career.

    DR. MICHAEL MILLS
    Juravinski Cancer Centre
    LHIN 4: HAMILTON NIAGARA HALDIMAND BRANT
    Dr. Michael Mills has been a family physician in Burlington with active
hospital involvement since 1978. He has been a resident supervisor for both
the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and at University of
Toronto. He has travelled extensively and has acquired expertise practicing in
cross-cultural domains.

    DR. SANDY BUCHMAN
    Odette Cancer Centre & Princess Margaret Hospital
    LHIN 7: TORONTO CENTRAL
    Dr. Buchman had a full-time comprehensive family practice for over 21
years. Recently he has developed a full-time involvement in palliative care.
He was the President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians from
2006-2007 and has a special interest and expertise in leadership development
for capacity building for family doctors.

    DR. MARLA ASH
    Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake
    LHIN 8: CENTRAL
    Dr. Marla Ash has a busy family practice in North York and a special
interest in cancer. In addition to her practice, she is an attending family
physician for the Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Familial Breast and Ovarian
Cancer Clinic at North York General. She has expertise in educating
professionals and the general public.

    DR. SHEILA-MAE YOUNG
    RS McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre
    LHIN 9: CENTRAL EAST
    Dr. Sheila-Mae Young is a comprehensive family physician practicing in
Lindsay within the City of Kawartha Lakes, and has a special interest in
palliative care. She has served on the Discipline Committee of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario after serving from 2002-2006 with the
Quality Assurance Committee, the last three years as co-Chair.

    DR. HUGH LANGLEY
    Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario
    LHIN 10: SOUTH EAST
    Dr. Hugh Langley has been a family physician in Kingston since 1987 and
had a large family practice with a special interest in mental health
disorders. He has held a number of administrative and consulting positions and
is the medical coordinator for the Ontario Breast Screening Program in
Southeastern Ontario.

    DR. LEE DONOHUE
    The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
    LHIN 11: CHAMPLAIN
    Dr. Lee Donohue is a comprehensive family physician practicing in eastern
Ottawa. She is past-president of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa, regional
representative to the Section of General and Family Practice of the Ontario
Medical Association, and a delegate to the Canadian Medical Association. She
serves on the Champlain LHIN Council of Primary Health Services and Public
Health.

    DR. LESLIE HUTCHINGS
    North Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre
    LHIN 12: NORTH SIMCOE MUSKOKA
    Dr. Leslie Hutchings has a family practice in Stayner. She provides
in-patient care at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. She teaches
behavioural sciences to family practice residents in Collingwood from McMaster
University. She was the 2007 recipient of the Community Teacher of the Year
Award.

    DR. AMANDA HEY
    Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (Sudbury)
    LHIN 13: NORTH EAST
    Dr. Amanda Hey is a family physician affiliated with the Shkagamik-kwe
Health Centre, an Aboriginal Health Access Centre for the urban Aboriginal
population of the City of Greater Sudbury and designated First Nation
reserves. Among her many roles in the cancer centre, she is the regional
medical coordinator of the Ontario Breast Screening Program. She is also an
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

    DR. HEATHER MCLEAN
    Northwestern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (Thunder Bay)
    LHIN 14: NORTH WEST
    Dr. Heather McLean is a family physician in Thunder Bay. She has
participated in the regional cancer program's Prevention and Screening
Committee, as well as other projects to improve breast cancer care. She is a
Regional Director of the Ontario College of Family Physicians and an Associate
Professor of Family Medicine in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Lenore Bromley, Sr. Public
Affairs Advisor, Cancer Care Ontario, (416) 971-9800 ext. 3383, Email:
lenore.bromley@cancercare.on.ca


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