Media Advisory - Cancer Care Professionals Honoured for Extraordinary Patient

Cancer Care Ontario presents the Fourth Annual Human Touch Awards

TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Cancer Care Ontario's (CCO) fourth annual Human Touch Awards draw attention to the importance of the human touch in cancer care - caring for patients' emotional needs throughout the cancer journey.

Tonight, four exemplary health care professionals from across the province will be recognized for their dedication to exceptional and compassionate patient care. As well, new this year is an award celebrating one inspirational volunteer that enhances quality of life for cancer patients.

    -  Ratan Ralliaram, Interim Chair, Board of Directors, Cancer Care
    -  Terrence Sullivan, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario
    -  Dr. Carol Sawka, Vice President, Clinical Programs and Quality
       Initiatives and Chair, Clinical Council, Cancer Care Ontario
    -  Rick Perciante, Acting CEO, Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario Division
    -  Randy Hansuld, GTA Regional Manager, Public Sector, Royal Bank of

    When:     Thursday, April 22, 2010
              6:00-6:30 p.m. (interviews and photo opportunity)
              7:30 p.m. (awards presentation)

    Where:    Sutton Place Hotel
              Queen Victoria Ballroom
              955 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

All part-time or full-time health care professionals who provide direct patient care at either a regional cancer centre or as part of the Regional Cancer Program including home care, palliative care, public health, community hospitals and primary care are eligible for nomination.

The fourth annual Human Touch Awards are generously supported by The Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario Division and Royal Bank of Canada.

About Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government's cancer advisor, CCO works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer, and make sure that patients receive better care every step of the way.

SOURCE Cancer Care Ontario

For further information: For further information: Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, Cancer Care Ontario, (416) 971-9800 ext. 3339,; Melissa Montgomery, Advisor, Public Affairs, Cancer Care Ontario, (416) 971-9800 ext. 3647,

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