Official opening of new oncology suite keeps cancer health care close to home
by Sandy Lindsay

May 12, 2016


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It's officially open!

Guests crowded into the newly appointed waiting room

Donor Wall was also unveiled
(L-R) David Glass, Peter Rissi, Ashley Miller, Lance Thurston, Denise Edwards, James Scongack and Tony Sheard

It was a big day of celebration at Owen Sound Regional Hospital following an intensive and extensive fundraising campaign that spanned a mere two years.

On Thursday, May 12 Grey Bruce Health Services hosted the official opening of the new Cancer Centre at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Hospital officials and fundraising volunteers also unveiled a donor recognition wall and thanked the many generous supporters of The Hospital Campaign.

The Hospital Campaign was launched in May, 2014 with a goal of $11.4 million and  $11 million has been raised in cash and pledges to date.

"The number of cancer patients we treat has grown significantly in recent years, and we needed to renovate our Cancer unit and purchase new equipment to meet the growing need," said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of GBHS. "Our donors have come through for the communities we serve, and as a result, we have a wonderful new Cancer Centre purpose-built to provide quality care for patients across Grey and Bruce counties."

Lance Thurston

Thurston also said that "... if it weren't for the visionary tenacity of Bob McDowall, former chair of the Grey Bruce Health Board, this never would have happened.  He was passionate about this oncology process and it was very dear to him about what should happen.  It is only unfortunate that he never got to see it to fruition." ( Bob McDowall )

Cancer services have been consolidated onto the 5th floor of the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. The Cancer Centre is home to a dramatically improved chemotherapy treatment area, a comfortable waiting area for patients and families and a dedicated pharmacy. 

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Pretty in Pink Co-Chairs Cheryl Heizer (L) and Sylvia Sheard (founder)


Tony Sheard

Tony Sheard, a member of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation and Chair of the regional fundraising effort behind the Hospital Campaign, recognized the work and support of Honourary Campaign Chair Duncan Hawthorne, former CEO of Bruce Power, and the leadership donation of Bruce Power in support of the regional Cancer Centre.  Sheard also recognized the leader of Ron Goldsmith who had initiated the fundraising for the new facility.  "I doubt we would even be here without his leadership." 

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Bruce Power has been the single largest donor for health care in the region and, at the official opening,  James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs represented the company.

 "I know that Bruce Power tends to get a lot of recognition for the large amounts that we contribute but, we have to recognize all the small businesses and individuals who have contributed what they can.  That is the real success story - that in a small community people give what they can."

James Scongack

He also said that for a community of this size  to raise the funds that it has is "... nothing short of amazing and it shows that people do value health care close to home and are willing to support it."

A public open house for the Cancer Centre will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. All are welcome.  Parking is free. 

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