McGuinty Government Strengthens Cancer Care For Ottawa Familes

    New MRI Machine and Mobile Radiation Unit To Lower Wait Times

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is continuing to improve
cancer care in Ottawa and surrounding areas by providing $1.2 million to
support the operation of a new MRI machine at The Ottawa Hospital, Health and
Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "We are committed to reducing wait times for cancer care services," said
Smitherman. "This investment at The Ottawa Hospital will help provide
equitable and timely access to cancer care services to assist in the diagnosis
and treatment of cancer."
    The MRI is expected to be operational in March 2008 and will provide
about 4,500 additional scans annually to its patients.
    The government is supporting the construction of a new mobile radiation
unit at The Ottawa Hospital with a $5.2 million investment. When completed,
the mobile unit will provide radiation therapy to 400 patients per year in the
Ottawa area.
    "The mobile radiation unit is an innovative solution that brings more
cancer treatments services to communities that need them," said Dr. Terry
Sullivan, President & CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "This unit will help make sure
local patients have timely access to radiation treatment until the
redevelopment of the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre is complete."
    "We are delighted the government is supporting better cancer care
services at the Ottawa hospital," said Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of
the Ottawa hospital. "This investment will mean faster service and better
access to health care services for residents of Ottawa."
    "Improving access to care is a key priority for the Champlain Local
Health Integration Network, so this is great news for our community," said
Marie Fortier, chair of the Champlain LHIN. "These new cancer care services
will help patients get the quality health care they deserve."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in the Champlain LHIN. Other initiatives at the Ottawa
Hospital include:

    -   $9.5 million in funding as part of the Wait Times Strategy to perform
        7,800 more MRI exams; 2,614 more CT exams, 1,000 more cataract
        surgeries, 405 additional cancer surgeries, and 400 more hip and knee
        total joint replacements at the Ottawa Hospital;

    -   expanding cancer services at the Ottawa Hospital and building a new
        satellite cancer centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital;

    -   $640,544 in capital funding in 2006/07 to make needed upgrades at The
        Ottawa Hospital.

    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
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at: under the News Media section.

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For further information:

For further information: 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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