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McGuinty government supports pediatric palliative care home at children's hospital of Eastern Ontario

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McGuinty government supports pediatric palliative care home at children's hospital of Eastern Ontario

Roger’s House To Support Terminally Ill Children And Their Families

Office of the Premier

OTTAWA -- A new palliative care home named for former Ottawa Senators' coach Roger Neilson will help enhance the quality of life for terminally ill children and their families, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Roger's House will give these children and their families the support and services they need," said Premier McGuinty. "It will help create a comfortable, home-like environment where the focus is on celebrating life."

Since June of 2003, more than 50,000 individual donations have been received for Roger's House, which is being built by the Senators Foundation to honour Neilson, who died of cancer in 2003. It is being created in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and will include an eight-bed temporary respite lodge located on the hospital grounds. The government will contribute up to 90 per cent of the operating costs of this important project.

The facility will provide a comprehensive program that takes an active and holistic approach to the care of children and teens living with a progressive terminal illness. It will also offer a pediatric palliative care outreach program to provide support to families, doctors and other health-care providers in the community.

"No one knew the importance of teamwork better than Roger Neilson," said Premier McGuinty. "And now hundreds of people, including the Ottawa Senators, the staff of CHEO, our government and members of the local community, are working together to build Roger's House. It's a legacy our government is proud to support."

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