Premier Opens Pediatric Palliative Care Home
Roger’s House To Enhance The Quality Of Life For Terminally Ill Children
The official opening of Roger's House will mean a better quality of life for children living with terminal illness as well as more comfort and support for their families, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Roger's House will make a real difference to people who pass through these doors," said Premier McGuinty. "We owe it to these families to give their children the best possible care and to improve their quality of life -- our government is proud to support this work."
Premier McGuinty helped open Roger's House today, together with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
The home was built by the Ottawa Senators Foundation in partnership with CHEO and will provide pediatric palliative care to children and teens living with a progressive terminal illness. An outreach program to support families, doctors and other health care providers in the community will also be provided by CHEO in partnership with Roger's House.
Since June 2003, the community has raised over $4 million in donations for Roger's House, which is being built to honour former Ottawa Senators' coach Roger Neilson, who died of cancer in 2003. The government will contribute approximately $1.6 million per year towards operating costs for this important project.
"I'm p roud of the way my hometown came together to build this house -- it's going to mean so much to the children and families who come here needing care, comfort and time to be together," said Premier McGuinty. "It's a great legacy for Roger Neilson that recognizes his commitment to helping others."