McGuinty Government Delivering Improved Cancer Care Services For Ottawa Area Residents

    Cancer Hub Speeding Up Access To Care

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW/ - The Champlain Regional Cancer Diagnostic
Assessment Centre is improving access to cancer services in the Ottawa area
through a coordinated and streamlined approach to the delivery of care as part
of a $3.5 million McGuinty government Wait Time Strategy investment.
    "We are strengthening our health care system through innovative
approaches and improved access to cancer services," said Health and Long-Term
Care Minister George Smitherman. "By centralizing diagnostic assessment for
cancer, Ottawa regional hospitals are helping patients receive timely quality
health care." The Champlain Regional Cancer Diagnostic Assessment Centre is a
hub for cancer assessments, support, guidance, education and
multi-disciplinary services. The Centre provides services to approximately 40
patients a week and has seen 204 new patients accounting for 387 visits since
January 2007.
    The hub works with eight hospitals in the Ottawa region and guides
patients along each step of their journey through the cancer treatment
process. The Centre shares information and resources between hospitals and
providers and refers patients to the surgeon(s) with the shortest wait time in
the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
    "Today's announcement highlights the positive results that come when
different health care teams and our Government work together to benefit those
in need," said Jim Watson, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Minister of Health
Promotion. "Centralized assessment will mean shorter waiting to access care
and even more efficient use of the resources that we have been growing since
    "Wait times for cancer surgery have declined by nearly 30 per cent in the
past eighteen months and this assessment centre will lead to even lower wait
times in the future," said Dr. Robert Cushman, Champlain LHIN CEO. "We are
excited to lead innovative health care in Ontario and support better delivery
of services."
    All cancer diagnostic tests are booked in a one-stop visit by a
multi-disciplinary staff team at the centre. The thoracic oncology program
began in January 2007. The colon and prostate cancer programs will follow in
July and September 2007.
    "This Cancer Diagnostic Assessment Centre is an example of how working
together, we can create quality health care that delivers results," said Dr.
Hartley Stern, Vice President, Regional Cancer Program, The Ottawa Hospital.
"We are proud to partner with other hospitals in the Champlain LHIN to improve
our health care system and to ensure patients receive cancer care when they
need it."
    As a result of the government's Wait Time Strategy, wait times in which
nine out of 10 patients have completed their surgery or have had their exam in
the Champlain LHIN area have decreased significantly since August/September
2005 by:

    -  29.5 per cent for cancer surgery (33 days)

    -  86.4 per cent for angioplasty (48 days)

    -  68.4 per cent for angiography (57 days)

    -  54.0 per cent for MRI scans (175 days)

    -  23.0 per cent for cataract surgery (79 days)

    -  15.9 per cent for hip replacement (60 days)

    -  11.0 per cent for CT scans (nine days)

    "This is the first fully developed diagnostic assessment centre and
surgical program in Ontario on a complete regional scale," says Terry
Sullivan, PhD, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "Earlier and better
diagnosis can affect a patient's chance of surviving cancer or being cured of
their disease."
    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

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    The McGuinty government's plan for health care is increasing access to
health services for Ontarians. Here is how government investments are making a
difference for patients living in the Champlain Local Health Integration
Network (LHIN) area.

    Reducing Wait Times

    Since the launch of the Wait Time Strategy, the Ontario government has
invested $73,894,991 for additional procedures in hospitals in the Champlain
LHIN area, including:

    -  4,613 cataract surgeries, reducing wait times by 23.0 per cent

    -  14,153 cardiac procedures, reducing wait times by 86.4 per cent for
       angioplasty and 68.4 per cent for angiography

    -  2,763 hip and knee joint replacements, reducing wait times by 15.9 per
       cent for hip replacement

    -  1,660 cancer surgeries, reducing wait times by 29.5 per cent

    -  52,788 MRI exams, reducing wait times by 54.0 per cent

    -  18,071 CT exams, reducing wait times by 11.0 per cent.

    The McGuinty government has also added pediatric surgeries to the Wait
Time Strategy. To speed up access to health care for our children, the
government is providing $5.5 million and funding an additional 2,000 surgeries
this year. In the Champlain LHIN, as part of this investment, the government
is providing $217,920 for 100 additional cases.

    More Primary Care Through Family Health Teams

    The McGuinty government created Family Health Teams (FHTs) - made up of
doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, physician
specialists, mental health workers and others - to provide comprehensive care
around the clock, seven days a week. After hours, patients can call a
registered nurse through the Telephone Health Advisory Service.
    Eleven teams (see table below) are being established in the Champlain
LHIN as part of the McGuinty government's plan to create 150 Family Health
Teams across the province. So far, 73,765 patients have enrolled with these
Champlain FHTs to receive comprehensive, primary health care services -
including 10,877 people who did not have a regular physician before now.

    Family Health Team                               Community
    Bruyere Academic FHT                             Ottawa
    Clarence-Rockland FHT                            Clarence Creek
    Eastern Ottawa FHT                               Cumberland
    North Renfrew FHT                                Deep River
    Ottawa Hospital Academic FHT                     Ottawa
    Petawawa Centennial FHT                          Petawawa
    Pikwakanagan FHT                                 Golden Lake
    Rideau FHT (Formerly Riverside)                  Ottawa
    University of Ottawa FHT                         Ottawa
    West Carleton FHT                                Carp
    Westend FamilyCare Clinic FHT                    Ottawa

    More Primary Care through Community Health Centres

    The McGuinty government launched the largest expansion of Community
Health Centres (CHCs) in Ontario's history - 49 new CHCs and satellites are
established or under development.
    Community Health Centres (CHCs) are made up of interdisciplinary teams
that include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, counsellors, community
workers and dietitians. They specialize in providing care to Ontarians who
face access barriers in accessing care such as language, culture, physical
disabilities, homelessness, poverty or geographic isolation. CHCs also care
for those with a higher risk of developing health problems than the general
    Since 2005, the government has approved two new CHCs in the Champlain
LHIN area (Cornwall and Prescott Russell) and one new Satellite CHC in Nepean.

    Increasing the Number of Doctors in Ontario

    Ontario is the leader in Canada with respect to the number of positions
available and support for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). The
government offers more IMG positions each year than all the other provinces
combined. As a result of the government's investment, more than 130 IMGs are
currently practicing in underserviced communities to fulfill their
return-of-service (ROS) obligations and 321 IMGs have signed agreements to
begin to provide service throughout the province over the coming months and
years. Of the over 130 IMGs currently practicing in underserviced communities
as part of this program, seven are practicing in the Champlain LHIN.
    As part of the government's 23 per cent expansion of medical school
spaces, the University of Ottawa is now home to 16 new spaces for training
future doctors, and is adding 4 more by 2008 for a total increase of 20
spaces, bringing their annual enrolment up to 143 seats. As part of the
government's 70 per cent expansion of family medicine postgraduate training
spaces, the University of Ottawa is now home to 26 new positions and, by 2008,
will graduate 62 more family doctors.

    More Nurses

    Since 2004, the government has funded 5,453 nursing jobs in Ontario and
another 2,825 are projected for 2007.
    In February, 2007, the government announced the Nursing Graduate
Guarantee initiative which provides every 2007 Ontario nursing graduate with
an opportunity for full-time employment. Under the program, the province pays
for the first six months of employment while the employer is responsible for
six weeks of funding. This will provide the new graduate with a window of 7.5
months to transition into a permanent full-time job while gaining valuable
full-time clinical experience. To date, 109 nursing graduates have taken
advantage of the program in the Champlain LHIN.

    Modernizing and Expanding Health Care Facilities

    The McGuinty government recognizes the need to invest in new health care
facilities and updating existing ones so patients can continue to receive
state-of-the-art care. That's why the government introduced a new cost-sharing
policy to make hospital projects more affordable for Ontario communities. By
increasing the province's share of construction costs to 90%, the government
is providing more than $1 billion in further support for rebuilding Ontario's
    As part of ReNew Ontario, the government has a five-year, $5-billion
infrastructure investment plan to modernize and expand health care facilities
by 2010 to meet the needs of the province's growing and aging population.
Listed below are the major capital projects in the Champlain LHIN that have
been approved as part of this plan:

    -  Almonte General Hospital
    This project will redevelop the emergency and ambulatory care areas of
    the hospital, and support co-location with the hospital's long-term care
    home, Fairview Manor.

    -  Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
    The hospital's East Addition project will result in the redevelopment of
    the Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, emergency
    department and ambulatory care programs including oncology services.

    -  L'Hôpital Montfort/The Montfort Hospital
    Montfort's capital redevelopment project will result in expanded clinical
    services capacity in ambulatory care, maternal newborn, mental health,
    and emergency services. It will also increase inpatient capacity and will
    allow the hospital to develop its role as a training center for
    Francophone health care professionals. It also includes "own funds"
    components and third-party renovations for parking, volunteer services,
    public areas, food services, medical staff areas and an ambulatory
    facility for the Department of National Defense.

    -  Queensway-Carleton Hospital
    The Phase III of the redevelopment project will result in an expansion of
    the operating rooms, mental health, ambulatory care and support services.

    -  The Ottawa Hospital
    The hospital projects will expand the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/Nuclear
    Medicine program, relocate the displaced nuclear medicine program at the
    Civic site, expand the Rehabilitation program, renovate the laboratories
    at the Civic and Riverside sites to accommodate the Eastern Ontario
    Regional Laboratory, and expand the Emergency Department (ED), Medical
    Day Care Unit, Pre-admission Assessment Unit, and Minor Procedures Unit
    at the General site.

    -  The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Center
    The Cancer Center project involves renovations and construction at The
    Ottawa Hospital and the Queensway Carleton Hospital to expand the number
    of radiation machines for the region by three, so that a total of 11
    radiation machines are in operation, with one swing machine.

    -  Winchester District Memorial Hospital
    This project includes a new critical care area (Emergency Room, Intensive
    Care Unit and Operating Room suites), upgrades to diagnostic imaging and
    to support and inpatient services, and renovations to rehabilitation and
    ambulatory care clinics, to support a fourth Labour/Delivery/Recovery
    room, a larger endoscopy suite, and space for a CT scanner.

    In addition to ReNew Ontario, the government has also approved the
following major capital projects in the Champlain LHIN:

    -  The Ottawa Hospital
    The project at the General Site involves the new construction of a
    critical care tower to house the expanded operating rooms, Intensive Care
    Unit, expanded Sterile Processing Department (SPD), expanded Surgical Day
    Unit and the displacement of the Cardiology, Microbiology, Graphic Arts,
    Hyperbaric Chamber, Chronic Pain Clinic, Nuclear Medicine Department and
    education space. It also included renovations for the fit-up of a shelled
    floor for 74 additional acute beds, the site development and
    infrastructure and an additional floor for the Eastern Ontario Regional
    Laboratory, a Boiler/Chiller Plant and the own funds projects for the
    Stem Cell and Gene Therapy Research Unit, shelled-in floor for Vision
    Research and a parking garage. At the Civic site, the constructions have
    included expansion and redevelopment of the Mental Health Program, a new
    generator and a new Pneumatic tube system.

    -  Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
    The project involved the construction of a new facility in Ottawa to
    provide adult mental health services.

    More Long-Term Care Beds

    Between April 1, 2004 and May 29, 2007, the McGuinty government has built
5,168 new long-term care beds and redeveloped 8,243 existing beds to meet the
needs of Ontario's growing and aging population.

    New beds opened/redeveloped in the Champlain LHIN during this time
    -  Royal Ottawa Hospital (Ottawa) - 96 new beds
    -  Glebe Centre (Ottawa) - 192 redeveloped beds
    -  Miramichi Lodge (Pembroke) - 166 redeveloped beds
    -  Island Lodge (Ottawa) - 175 redeveloped beds
    -  Fairview Manor (Almonte) - 112 redeveloped beds

    Additional beds scheduled to be opened by the end of 2007 include:
    -  St. Joseph's Villa (Cornwall) - 150 redeveloped beds
    -  Madonna Nursing Home (Orleans) - 160 redeveloped beds

    In addition, as part of the government's ED Action Plan, an additional 96
new beds are expected to be built in the Champlain LHIN (Ottawa) by March 31,

    More Home Care

    Home care is a critical component of the province's health system.
Currently over 600,000 clients receive home care services in Ontario. From
2004/05 to 2007/08, increases to home care funding delivered through Community
Care Access Centres (CCACs) will provide an additional 95,700 Ontarians with
short-term acute care. In 2006/07, total funding for home care was $1.54
billion, an increase of $327 million, or 26.9 per cent since 2003/04.
    As part of the $142.4 million three-point Emergency Department Action
Plan announced in October 2006, $30 million in funding was for Community Care
Access Centres so they may better serve the needs of their clients and provide
services that most appropriately meet their needs and allow people to remain
safely, comfortably and independently in their homes longer. As part of this
funding, the Champlain CCAC received $3,297,100.
    An additional $5.3M was provided for community services as part of a
multi-year strategy to address pressures in 10 communities. Of this, the
Champlain LHIN received $300,000 for more care in the community.
    The government is also committed to providing better access to community
services. In 2006/07 $13.1 million in new funding was allocated to community
services - which include community support services, volunteer hospice
services, palliative care consultation services, acquired brain injury and
assistive living services in supportive housing - bringing the total funding
to $507.1 million in 2006/07. Of this, $940,900 was allocated to the Champlain
    In the Champlain LHIN, the government has also invested in the provision
of hip and knee rehabilitation for an additional 1,476 clients in their homes
as part of the Wait Time Strategy.

    More End-of-Life Services (including Residential Hospices)

    The McGuinty government is making Ontario a world leader by improving
access to end-of-life care and providing support for over 30 residential
hospices across the province. End-of-life support and residential hospices
provide compassionate care to people with life-threatening illnesses, so they
can live their final days in comfort and dignity.
    Through the government's $115.5 million End-of-Life Care Strategy, 6,000
additional clients will receive compassionate end-of-life care in their homes
by the end of 2007/08. The funding, being allocated over three years beginning
in 2005/06, includes support for the expansion of volunteer hospice services
and palliative pain and symptom management consultation services in local
    In the Champlain LHIN, two new residential hospices are under
development. Hospice Renfrew, a six-bed hospice is anticipated to open in
December 2007 and the Victorian Order of Nurses Eastern Counties is planning a
ten-bed residential hospice for Cornwall. Funding for nursing and personal
support services through the CCAC will be made available once the new hospices
are operational. The government's support for the two new residential hospices
is in addition to the support provided through the CCAC for two existing
residential hospices, May Court (ten beds) and Roger's House, a seven-bed
pediatric residential hospice, both located in Ottawa.

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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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