McGuinty Government Increases Access To Dialysis Services For Timmins Area Residents

    Grant Will Help Build An 18-Station Dialysis Unit At Timmins & District

    TIMMINS, ON, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is improving access
to dialysis services by providing an $8.7 million grant to support the
relocation and expansion of an existing clinic in Timmins, Health and
Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "We want residents in Timmins to have access to the very best dialysis
services available," said Smitherman. "This investment will allow the local
community to get the care they need, closer to home."
    The funding announced today will allow the hospital to relocate and
expand its Dialysis In-Centre Unit, and double the number of dialysis stations
from nine to 18. Five of the new stations will become operational by 2010-11;
the other four will be ready by 2015-16.
    The new In-Centre Unit will also house training rooms for home and
peritoneal dialysis patients designed to improve their quality of life. It
will also include an ambulatory clinic, as well as a self-care area, which
will provide integrated dialysis services and result in more efficient care
for patients.
    "We are pleased to be moving forward with better dialysis services for
patients in this part of northeast Ontario," said Esko Vainio, President and
CEO of Timmins & District Hospital. "Patients will benefit tremendously from
the convenience of improved hospital services closer to home."
    Once completed, five of the nine new stations will provide an additional
4,680 dialysis treatments per year for 30 patients with kidney disease. Once
all nine new stations are operational (by 2015-16), the In-Centre Unit will
operate 18 stations. Together, these stations will have the capacity to
provide 16,848 treatments per year to 108 patients with End Stage Renal
    "This is great news for patients needing dialysis services in Timmins,"
said Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, Chair of the North East Local Health
Integration Network (LHIN). "The government has demonstrated its commitment to
strengthening hospital services in Northern Ontario."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in health care services in the Timmins area. Other
initiatives include:
      -  $1,481,715 in new funding in 2006 and 2007 to the Cochrane District
         Social Services Administration Board as part of an increase to the
         province's share of land ambulance costs;

      -  Two family health teams, who are already providing care to 13,304
         patients, including 1,322 who previously did not have a family

      -  $2,981,952 in new funding for the Timmins and District Hospital, to
         provide an additional 12,826 procedures to reduce wait times.

    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.
    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office,
(416) 326-8016; 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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