Emergency Medical Assistance Team Deployed to Sudbury

    Team To Help Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital Provide Health
    Care Services

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - Ontario's Emergency Medical Assistance Team has
been deployed to Sudbury to assist the Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional
Hospital provide critical services while the hospital repairs fire damage at
its St. Joseph's Health Centre site, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George
Smitherman announced today.
    "Our priority is to ensure that the people of Sudbury continue to get
access to the best possible hospital care," said Health and Long-Term Care
Minister George Smitherman. "The Emergency Medical Assistance Team will work
closely with staff from the Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital to
address the need for critical hospital services in the city."
    A fire broke out at the St. Joseph's Health Centre site at approximately
1 p.m. on June 6th. The hospital's emergency department has been closed and
patients have been transferred to other sites in the Hôpital régional de
Sudbury Regional Hospital system.
    The Emergency Medical Assistance Team is a group of volunteer emergency
medical professionals who are specifically trained to respond to major health
emergencies. The team operates a self-sufficient 56-bed acute and intermediate
care field unit with its own medical equipment and supplies, a communications
centre, electricity and water.
    The EMAT is operated by Ornge and deployed at the request of the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
    Ornge coordinates all aspects of Ontario's aero medical transport system
and is responsible for dispatch and authorizing air and land ambulance
transfers between hospitals. It operates from 26 bases across the province and
completes 18,000 admissions annually.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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