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Province Improves Palliative Care In Sudbury

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is improving access to palliative care in Sudbury by investing in a new residential hospice and palliative care centre, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci announced today during a breakfast address to the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers.

"We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are investing in the improved care and services this new facility will provide," said Bartolucci. "Palliative care is an essential part of our health care system and we are pleased to be expanding our service capacity in the Sudbury area."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $1 million toward Maison La Paix House and the development of the Sudbury Community Residential Hospice, a new 8,000-square foot care facility that will be located adjacent to Laurentian University. The new hospice will replace Maison La Paix House's existing four-bedroom facility and will feature a full service kitchen, 10 bedrooms with individual washrooms, a dining room, an office, storage space and a laundry room. It will be fully accessible and will house the necessary equipment and technology to provide round-the-clock palliative care.

"Palliative care is a very important component of our provincial health care system," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman. "These services ensure that those in need may traverse this most difficult stage of life with dignity, in comfort and in a caring atmosphere."

Hospice palliative care provides physical, emotional, psychological and practical support to people with a terminal illness. It brings family members, friends, volunteers, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals together as a care giving team so patients can live their remaining days in dignity and comfort, surrounded by their loved ones.

Other McGuinty government health care initiatives that are benefiting northerners include:

•    A $25-million investment to reduce wait times in the North, $6.6 million for telemedicine, and major hospital expansions and improvements in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Sudbury

•    The opening of the first medical school in nearly 40 years to train doctors so they will practice in the North

•    A provincial investment of $6.7-million in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Bursary Fund.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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