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Patients and PRHC Celebrate New Radiation Centre Service Closer to Home

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Patients and PRHC Celebrate New Radiation Centre Service Closer to Home

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Published: 6/7/2013 6:46 PM by  PRHC

Grand opening of the Norm and Jessie Dysart Radiation Centre

(Peterborough, ON)

By the end of June 2013 the Norm and Jessie Dysart Radiation Centre will be up and running. Patients from Peterborough Region will begin receiving treatment for prostate and breast cancer, and pain management, closer to home. It is expected that the centre will treat 300 patients annually. Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) celebrated the grand opening of the Radiation Centre on June 7, 2013 with its partners from Cancer Care Ontario, Lakeridge Health, PRHC Foundation, local politicians and staff, physicians and volunteers.

“The opening of the Norm and Jessie Dysart Radiation Centre is a truly momentous achievement for our community,” said Gary Lounsbury, Chair of PRHC’s Board of Directors. “I am proud that after years of planning and fortifying our reputation as a high performing regional centre, patients will have the opportunity to receive this cancer treatment closer to home.”

“As a survivor of breast cancer, I am ecstatic to see this added service as part of PRHC’s cancer program. Traveling can take a heavy toll on your mind and body when you are fighting cancer, and I am happy that a lot fewer Peterborough residents will have to endure this added stress at such a difficult time,” said Margie Lightbody, cancer survivor and Chair of PRHC’s Foundation’s Closer Campaign.

“This is a big leap in the right direction to ensure the residents of Peterborough are receiving the right care, at the right time in the right location,” said the Honourable Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough. “My appreciation goes out to the hospital, Foundation, donors, Cancer Care Ontario, and the Durham Regional Cancer Centre for making this happen.”

The linear accelerator (machine used to deliver radiation therapy) was transferred from Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program, and the centre’s shell was relocated from Champlain Regional Cancer Centre at the Ottawa Hospital.

“Relocating this equipment is a major undertaking which has allowed us to deploy a valuable asset to provide greater access,” says Michael Sherar, President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario. “Installing this portable radiation facility to supplement our provincial capacity not only makes good use of healthcare dollars, but most importantly helps patients receive the treatment they need as close to home as possible.”

The building of PRHC’s radiation centre is yet another milestone in the partnerships with the Central East Regional Cancer Program based at Lakeridge Health’s R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre.

“The Central East Regional Cancer Program is proud of our partnership with PRHC and our focus in bringing cancer care closer to home for the residents of Peterborough and surrounding area,” said Tom McHugh, Regional Vice-President of the Central East Regional Cancer Program located at Lakeridge Health’s R. S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre.

“The grand opening is something our staff, physicians, volunteers and patients at PRHC have been waiting for, and the day patients will begin to benefit from local access to radiation services can’t come soon enough,” stated Ken Tremblay, President & CEO of PRHC. “I feel privileged to be a part of this great development, and I am confident that I can say the same for all of our physicians, staff and volunteers. I would like to extend my appreciation and recognition to Cancer Care Ontario and the Durham Regional Cancer Centre for their sponsorship of the Radiation Centre at PRHC.”

The PRHC Foundation was pivotal in bringing the Radiation Centre to Peterborough. Through their Closer campaign, donors and volunteers raised more than $3.4 million to expand diagnostic and surgical cancer care services at PRHC, and bring radiation treatment to Peterborough for the first time.

“This milestone would not have been possible without the support of the community,” said Lesley Heighway, President & CEO of the PRHC Foundation. “Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this dream a reality, offering patients the care they deserve, where they deserve it, close to home.”

“Today’s event is a significant milestone in the provision of vital cancer services in the Central East LHIN and is clearly aligned with the LHIN’s goal of helping Central East LHIN residents spend more time in their homes and in their communities,” said Wayne Gladstone, Chair, Central East LHIN Board of Directors. “I would like to congratulate Peterborough Regional Health Centre and all their partners for their commitment and dedication to their patients that has led to this day.”

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Rebecca Kerrivan,
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705-743-2121 x. 2234




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