Regional lab for hospitals one step closer

    OTTAWA, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - The Champlain Local Health Integration Network
(LHIN) is now one step closer to the implementation of a regional laboratory
that will see hospitals pooling their collective laboratory services. A
regional lab means higher quality, more timely, and better integrated
health-service delivery for our residents.
    "This is the most advanced laboratory project in the province," said Dr.
Robert Cushman, CEO of the Champlain LHIN, which plans, coordinates and funds
health services for a population of more than 1 million. "Patients at any
hospital in the LHIN - for example, a toddler in Barry's Bay or a senior in
Hawkesbury, will have closer-to-home access to the best laboratory services in
the region.
    Hospital laboratories conduct important work, such as testing blood and
urine for chemical abnormalities and infectious disease, mostly for
inpatients. The hospitals have collaborated for years to achieve a
regionalized lab system in the Champlain region. The result is the Eastern
Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA). A third-party review of
EORLA's plans has just been released.
    Based on this review, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has
endorsed EORLA's business plan and strongly supports its aim to integrate
hospital lab services in the Champlain region. In fact, the provincial
government is providing funding to move the project forward. In addition to
improving access to health care, such integration will support clinical
programs at every hospital, standardize testing, and help curb costs.

                             List of Participants

    Almonte General Hospital
    Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital
    Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital
    Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
    Cornwall Community Hospital
    Deep River and District Hospital Corporation
    Glengarry Memorial Hospital
    Hawkesbury and District General Hospital
    Hôpital Montfort
    Kemptville District Hospital
    Pembroke Regional Hospital
    Queensway-Carleton Hospital
    Renfrew Victoria Hospital
    Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
    Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Hospital
    St. Francis Memorial Hospital
    The Ottawa Hospital
    The Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Health Centre of Cornwall
    Hotel Dieu
    University of Ottawa Heart Institute
    Winchester District Memorial Hospital

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Carole Ouellette, Communications
Officer, Champlain LHIN, Tel: (613) 747-3238, 1-866-902-5446 ext. 2011,;

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