Temiskaming Shores, ON, April 30, 2018 – The locally run and funded, Community Cancer Care organization will be relocating its office back to the Temiskaming Hospital. Mike Baker, President and CEO of the Temiskaming Hospital and Barry Phippen, of Community Cancer Care, made the joint announcement today.
“We are both community based organizations, both focused on providing health based services to people who need us in the Temiskaming District.” said Baker. “It has been a goal of mine since I started at the hospital to work with Barry to find a way to have them back in the Hospital.”
Community Cancer Care is a unique organization in Canada, who provide monetary, emotional and group support for patients dealing with cancer in our area. They assist cancer patients as they deal with this difficult disease. The money is raised in this area and stays in this area, to the benefit of local citizens who need the help.
“Since Community Cancer Care’s beginnings many years ago, we have assisted hundreds of people in the Temiskaming District with financial assistance and morale support, as they combat this terrible disease.” Phippen commented. “We are very excited to be back at the hospital, where we have direct contact with the people who need us most.”
Community Cancer Care is funded through proceeds from the New Liskeard Biker’s Reunion, an organization started by Barry Phippen in 1999 and is operated through a crew of local volunteers. Marg Arthur and Lesley Simms of Community Cancer Care work closely with the hospital team of Lynn Baldovin, Jo-Anne Charette and Jocelyne Bergeron to make sure our patients are well taken care of. The office will be located in room 724, just down the hall from the cancer treatment area of the hospital. The best access for patients will be through the hospital’s North parking lot at the Clinic entrance.
“I would also like to thank Mayor Carman Kidd and council for helping keep the program going during the transition back to the hospital.” commented Phippen.
“This decision ties in well with other recent decisions that are focused on patients, such as adding additional resources in the Emergency Room and relocating visiting clinic registrations to the clinic area.” stated Baker. “Our team is thrilled to have Community Cancer Care back where they belong.”
The final date of the relocation will be announced later and will depend on a few logistical items, however, it is expected that the move will occur by the first of June. Current patients will be notified of the final date of the relocation.