McGuinty government expands stroke care in Ontario

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McGuinty government expands stroke care in Ontario

Ministry of Health

BELLEVILLE, ON, March 17 - The McGuinty government is expanding stroke care across the province so that people who suffer stroke receive better and faster care, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "We want to ensure that all Ontarians have access to quality stroke care as soon as possible," Smitherman said. "Prevention and quicker treatment will save lives and improve the quality of life of people affected by, and at risk for, strokes." With today's announcement, four more hospitals will become District Stroke Centres, bringing the total to eighteen across Ontario. Quinte Health Care, Pembroke General Hospital, Brantford General Hospital and Peterborough Regional Hospital will provide high-quality acute stroke care. "We're privileged to take on this critical role as a district stroke centre," said Bruce Laughton, President and CEO of Quinte Health Care. "This will allow us to raise the quality of stroke care for the people in our district." "The designation of Quinte Health Care as a District Stroke Centre marks an important day for the people in our community," said Ernie Parsons, MPP, Prince Edward-Hastings. "The sooner stroke victims are able to receive treatment, the better their chances of survival and a strong recovery." Six additional hospitals will become Secondary Clinics, bringing the total to nineteen. New locations at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, North Bay General Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Stratford General Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital in Chatham will provide prevention services to people who have had a small stroke or are at high risk for one. The newly-designated Stroke Centres and Clinics will receive $402,000 in start-up funding. The Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences estimates that the Ontario Stroke Strategy, when fully implemented, will save almost 10,000 lives and $588 million over five years. "The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario is proud of its role in the development of the Ontario Stroke Strategy and its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care," said Andrew Scipio del Campo, President and CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in Canada. Every year, stroke afflicts more than 16,000 people in Ontario. Currently, at least 90,000 Ontarians are living with the effects of stroke. "By keeping our people healthy and caring for them when they need care, we are protecting our most precious resource," said Smitherman. "These new and expanded services will enable physicians and other health professionals to deliver stroke care that is second to none." Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXPANDING STROKE CARE IN ONTARIO The McGuinty government is expanding stroke care across the province so that people who suffer strokes will receive better and faster care. The government is designating four new District Stroke Centres and six new Secondary Prevention Clinics across the province. These designations mean that Ontario will have 18 District Stroke Centres, 19 Secondary Prevention Clinics, and nine existing Regional Stroke Centres. DISTRICT STROKE CENTRES The four new District Stroke Centres will provide high-quality acute stroke care, along with local leadership and service integration, leading to more effective health care and better patient outcomes. The following Stroke Centres were designated between 2001 and 2004. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Niagara Health System - St. Catharines General site St. Catharines ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Niagara Health System - Niagara General site Niagara Falls ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Windsor Hotel Dieu Grace Windsor ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bluewater Health Sarnia ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stratford General Hospital Stratford ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grand River Hospital Kitchener ------------------------------------------------------------------------- St Joseph's Hospital Chatham ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Pembroke General Hospital Pembroke ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Brantford General Hospital Brantford ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Quinte Healthcare Belleville ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Bay General North Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Peterborough Regional Hospital Peterborough ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Royal Victoria Barrie ------------------------------------------------------------------------- York Central Richmond Hill ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Timmins and District Hospital Timmins ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sault Area Hospital Sault Ste. Marie ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sudbury Regional Hospital Sudbury ------------------------------------------------------------------------- *2003/04 designations, announced March 2004 SECONDARY PREVENTION CLINICS The six new Secondary Prevention Clinics will provide stroke-prevention services to people at high risk of stroke and those who have already had a small stroke. The clinics will also help to provide services like diagnosis, case management, clinical intervention and lifestyle changes across the regions they serve. The Ontario Stroke Strategy originally forecasted designating six Secondary Prevention Clinics over four years. However, because research shows that controlling or eliminating stroke risk factors can significantly reduce a person's chance of suffering a stroke, the government has increased the number to 19 Secondary Prevention Clinics, an increase of 13 above the original plan. Below is a chart of Secondary Prevention Clinics designated between 2001 and 2004. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kingston General Hospital Kingston ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- London Health Sciences Centres London ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hamilton Health Sciences Centres Hamilton ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trillium Health Centre Mississauga ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Niagara Health System - Niagara General site Niagara ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lakeridge Corporation Oshawa ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grey Bruce Health Services Owen Sound ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Windsor Hotel Dieu Grace Windsor ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quinte Health Care Belleville ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Perth and Smith Falls Hospital Smith Falls ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brockville General Brockville ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * St. Joseph's Hospital Chatham ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Grand River Kitchener ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * North Bay General Hospital North Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Ottawa General Hospital Ottawa ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Thunder Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Stratford General Stratford ------------------------------------------------------------------------- *2003/04 designations, announced March 2004 REGIONAL STROKE CENTRES Regional Stroke Centres provide regional leadership to District Stroke Centres and Secondary Prevention Clinics. They ensure integrated and co- ordinated regional stroke rehabilitation services and work with various stakeholders to develop a consistent approach to stroke care across the region. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trillium Health Centre Mississauga ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Ottawa Hospital Ottawa ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Thunder Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- London Health Sciences Centre London ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kingston General Hospital Kingston ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hamilton Health Sciences Centre Hamilton ------------------------------------------------------------------------- University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- St. Michael's Hospital Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version française disponible Contact Info For further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, (416) 327-4320, Minister's Office; John Letherby, (416) 314-6197, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, (416) 327-4320, Minister's Office; John Letherby, (416) 314-6197, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154