Ontario Increases Dialysis Services in York Region

    McGuinty Government Approves New Satellite Dialysis Unit

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ -


    Residents in York Region living with chronic kidney disease will have
better access to dialysis services because of a new satellite unit in the
Vaughan community.
    The Ontario government is providing York Central Hospital with a dialysis
satellite unit and an outpatient clinic where care is provided by physicians
and a range of health care professionals, including nurses, nutritionists,
social workers and pharmacists.
    The satellite unit is expected to open later this year with 24 new
stations. By 2015/16 another nine will be added for a total of 33 stations.
Almost 200 patients will be treated each year when the unit is fully
    Increasing access to kidney dialysis services is part of the Ontario
government's four-year, $741-million diabetes strategy. Creating satellite
units, such as the one in Vaughan, enables people to receive dialysis
treatment, closer to home.


    "This new community dialysis satellite unit will not only improve access
to vital life-saving services, but also allows patients to receive care closer
to the comforts of home," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister David
Caplan. "I am deeply committed to improving the quality of life for those
living with chronic conditions like kidney disease."
    "This partnership reflects the future of quality health-care in Vaughan
and across Ontario. We are bringing health-care delivery closer to patients'
homes, and organizations like the Campus of Care and York Central are bringing
health care providers closer together," said Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan.
"That means better opportunities for treatment today and the prospect of new
partnerships down the road."
    "When fully operational, the 33-station dialysis unit will provide over
30,000 additional dialysis treatments per year and the kidney outpatient
clinic will provide up to 5,000 visits annually," said Reza Moridi, MPP for
Richmond Hill.
    "We are pleased the government is enhancing health care services for
patients with chronic kidney disease," said Bruce Harber, President and CEO of
York Central Hospital. "Our patients will benefit significantly from having
this new 33-station dialysis unit closer to home."


    -   People with chronic kidney disease need regular dialysis treatment or
        a kidney transplant to survive.
    -   The demand for kidney dialysis has been increasing by more than
        seven per cent each year due to Ontario's aging population and
        growing numbers of people with diabetes and high blood pressure.


    Find out more about York Central Hospital (http://www.yorkcentral.com/).

    Read about chronic kidney disease (http://www.kidney.ca/).

    Learn more about Ontario's diabetes strategy

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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