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2011 Quality and Innovation Awards Honour Significant Contributions to Cancer Care


Toronto, December 6, 2011 –The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO), Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Quality and Innovation Awards.

The annual awards honour organizations that have made significant contributions to quality and innovation in cancer care across Ontario including efforts in areas of cancer prevention.

The awards recognize the development of new processes, products, or programs which are bold and experimental and which enhance cancer care in Ontario. This year’s recipients have demonstrated measurable evidence of their impact on quality improvement across the cancer care system.  

“I’d like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Quality and Innovation Awards,” said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “I’m proud of their contributions that are helping to improve the quality of cancer care in Ontario. Because of the work of these innovators, many Ontarians will experience an improved quality of life through state-of-the art cancer care that’s based on solid evidence and research.”

“Our sixth Quality and Innovation Awards is a dynamic vehicle to advance opportunities for innovation in caring for cancer patients and is also a forum to showcase best practices for improving the quality and value of healthcare across Ontario,” said Bob Bell, Chair of the CQCO.  “This year’s award winners are very deserving and we would also like to acknowledge the financial contribution from Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society – Ontario Division and team in helping us to honour these award recipients.”

“This is a great opportunity to distinguish leading cancer care professionals for their work in improving the cancer system and enhancing the patient experience,” said Michael Sherar, President and CEO, CCO.  “The awards celebrate and promote the great innovations that are happening throughout the province that will help make Ontario’s cancer system the best in the world.”

The 2011 CQCO Quality and Innovation Award Recipients

  • The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre received the Quality Award for their Palliative Care Consultation Team’s achievements in making it easier for palliative patients to spend their final days at home.
  • The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute won the Innovation Award for their work with the Aboriginal Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Screening Trial. This successful initiative partnered with First Nation communities to increase screening participation for cervical cancer and understand barriers affecting Aboriginal women.
  • The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre received a Quality Honourable Mention for implementing Tobacco Cessation Clinical Practice guidelines into all 13 North West Ontario hospitals.
  • The Tobacco Addiction Treatment Initiative at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton received an Innovation Honourable Mention for successfully training hospital staff and providing active support to individuals with mental illness to reduce or quit smoking.

About Cancer Quality Council of Ontario

The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) is an arm’s length advisory group established in 2002 to guide Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in their efforts to improve the quality of cancer care in the province. The Council also monitors and publicly reports on the performance of the cancer system on an annual basis via the Cancer System Quality Index.


Marko Perovic
Senior Public Affairs Advisor

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