The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre treats 21,000 patients a year, which translates into 190,000 patient visits every year. It is the second-largest cancer services provider in Ontario. By 2015, experts predict the cancer Centre will see a 64% increase in the number of radiation patients, a 49% increase in chemotherapy and drug consultations, and an 84% increase in surgical oncology.
In May 2008, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation launched the 20-20 Campaign to raise $20 million in 20 months for the expansion of The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre at the General Campus. The Government of Ontario covered 80% of the $78.3-million expansion, and the Foundation reached out to the community for the remainder.
The community responded by donating more than $24.5 million. The success of the Campaign enabled The Ottawa Hospital to centralize nine radiation machines at the Cancer Centre, add 15 new chemotherapy chairs and offer more natural light, a comfortable environment and access to outdoor areas to patients, families and staff.
How you can help
Your ongoing help is needed for equipment upgrades and elevated patient care for cancer patients in our community. Delivering excellent cancer care takes more than the best medical team – our health-care workers need the proper tools to do their vital work. The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre needs several items that it either doesn’t own or the existing equipment has become outdated or unusable. The items are only available thanks to the generosity of donors in the community.