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Focused on safe, standardized care, Board approves plan to establish satellite cancer clinic at OSMH by October/November 2014

7/31/2012 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - Orillia, ON) – With a focus on providing safe, standardized cancer care as close to home as possible, the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) Board of Directors approved a plan tonight that would see the hospital’s cancer clinic become a Satellite of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program (SMRCP) at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) commencing October/November 2014.


Acknowledging the OSMH clinic is not sustainable in its current form, the resolution directs the hospital to work with RVH to develop a memorandum of understanding to outline the necessary upgrades, enhancements and improvements required to meet the latest standards established by Cancer Care Ontario to ensure safe, high quality, appropriate care for cancer patients in the OSMH catchment area.


Those changes would include relocating the OSMH Cancer Clinic to a more appropriate area within the hospital, and upgrading the unit’s electronic charting/records capability which would allow for more accurate and transportable patient records; a critically important safety feature.  All of these enhancements would ensure area cancer patients have access to standardized, safe, high quality cancer care.


A temporary divestment of adult chemotherapy services from OSMH to the regional cancer centre later this year would be required to allow for the necessary improvements. OSMH has committed to lead a process to develop and implement transportation alternatives to/from the regional centre in the interim.


While detailed planning continues over the coming months, the OSMH cancer clinic will continue to provide chemotherapy until the temporary divestment is implemented.

Throughout the divestment period, OSMH will continue with all of its other oncology services, which includes pre and post care for cancer patients (i.e. pump disconnects, hydration, blood transfusions etc.) along with support services and procedures, including imaging, laboratory and surgery, along with prevention and screening activities.


“Safe, high quality, and standardized care as close to home as possible is our goal,” said Elisabeth Riley, President and CEO of OSMH. “I strongly believe this solution achieves that objective.”


The plan still requires endorsement from the Board of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration.


Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.




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