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2012 Quality and Innovation Awards Honour Significant Contributions in Cancer Care


Toronto, Nov. 30, 2012 – The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO), Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), and the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society today announced the 2012 award winners for Quality and Innovation in cancer care.

The annual awards – now in their seventh year – honour the development of new approaches, processes, products, or programs that are bold, original and enhance cancer care in Ontario through their impact on stakeholders, the patient experience, and their cost effectiveness and sustainability.

“This year’s Quality and Innovation awards recognize those who have significantly improved the level and delivery of quality care throughout Ontario and helped spur innovation in caring for cancer patients,” said Dr. Robert Bell, Chair of CQCO and President and CEO of the University Health Network. “The initiatives launched by this year’s award winners hold tremendous promise and potential in continuing and accelerating important progress in cancer care.”

“I want to congratulate the winners of this year’s Quality and Innovation Awards for their commitment to improving the quality of cancer care for the people of Ontario,” said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Their dedication and pursuit of innovation help Ontarians to connect with the right care at the right time in the right place.”

“The Quality and Innovation awards are a testament to what can happen when dedicated individuals come together to address significant challenges,” said Michael Sherar, President and CEO, CCO. “The results are innovative programs and approaches that help improve quality and truly make a difference in the lives of patients, families and communities across Ontario.”

“As an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all cancer patients and their families, we are delighted to support the Quality and Innovation awards,” said Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “Congratulations to this year’s recipients for their work and what it will do to change the lives of those who are fighting cancer.”

The 2012 CQCO Quality and Innovation Award Recipients:

  • The Ottawa Hospital received the Quality Award for its outpatient CARE Program that allows advanced cancer patients to stay in their homes rather than being admitted to hospital. The program has resulted in annual net savings to the healthcare system of close to $1 million while providing patients with care in the setting of their choice.
  • The Sherbourne Health Centre won the Innovation Award for expanding the services of its infirmary to enable high-quality care and improve accessibility for homeless or vulnerably housed individuals who otherwise may have been refused treatment or struggled to fit into care options.
  • The Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital Prostate Clinic was awarded a Quality Honourable Mention for its multidisciplinary approach to helping prostate cancer patients and their partners achieve optimal sexual health and restore their health-related quality of life.
  • The Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Program, North York Family Health Team and North York General Hospital, received an Innovation Honourable Mention for its nurse practitioner-led cancer survivorship program for patients who have completed active treatment for colorectal cancer and require five-year surveillance for cancer recurrence or metastases. The program helps decrease duplication of care by multiple specialists and streamlines care into one location provided by the nurse practitioner.

This year’s awards are made possible in part by a financial contribution from the Canadian Cancer Society – Ontario Division.

About the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario

The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario is an arm’s length advisory group that advises 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 annually via the Cancer System Quality Index and provides international comparisons and benchmarking to allow Ontario to learn from other jurisdictions.

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Marko Perovic
Cancer Care Ontario
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