Ontario Liberals Stand Up For Women's Health

    Keeping Women's College Hospital Open - And Growing - Key To Advancing
    Women's Health

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Four years after rallying with health care
professionals to prevent Women's College Hospital from closing, Premier Dalton
McGuinty told a gathering of health care workers that their hospital is poised
to play an even greater role in furthering women's health issues.
    "Working together, not only have we kept Women's College Hospital open,
we're making it even stronger by restoring its governance and giving this
hospital the necessary tools to become a leader in women's health care,
education and research," said Premier McGuinty.
    During the 2003 election, in a similar campaign stop, Premier McGuinty
promised to reverse the previous Conservative government's decision to first
close, and then amalgamate Women's College Hospital with Sunnybrook Hospital.
Minister Smitherman restored the independence of Women's College Hospital in
an announcement August, 2005.
    "Women's College Hospital recognizes women's health needs and is a unique
centre for research and care," said Premier Dalton McGuinty. "By returning its
independence, we're making sure both Women's College and Sunnybrook can reach
their full potential."
    To build on the Women's College Hospital's newly restored independence,
the Ontario Liberals have approved plans to expand the current Grenville
Street site and also create a new women's health agency.
    The Ontario Liberals approved plans and issued the Request for Proposals
for a new building at Women's College Hospital in August 2007. Once complete,
the new building will allow the hospital to fulfill their mandate as Ontario's
first independent academic ambulatory hospital, while continuing to champion
state-of-the-art health care for women and their families.
    Echo, Ontario's new women's health agency, will raise awareness and work
toward solutions on women's health issues. It will promote equity and improved
health for Ontario women by working in partnership with the health care
system, the community, researchers and policy stakeholders. Echo will also
provide input to government policy and advise the minister on health issues
affecting women.
    Strengthening Women's College Hospital is building on the progress we
have already made in advancing women's health. We have:

    -   Launched a life-saving HPV immunization program for 84,000 young
        women in Grade 8
    -   Implemented three new hospital-based programs providing 24/7
        emergency treatment for victims of sexual assault and domestic
        violence, in Dryden, Kingston and Thunder Bay, bringing the total to
        34 sexual assault/domestic violence treatment centres in Ontario
    -   Supported the growth of midwifery in Ontario by expanding the seats
        in Ontario universities for midwifery training from 60 to 90, and
        investing an additional $12.2 million to provide improved access to
        midwifery services.

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