New partnership between TBRHSC and Cancer
Care Ontario (CCO) brings better information systems for cancer
patients and new jobs in Thunder Bay
December 12, 2011
Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s (TBRHSC) Cancer
Program has been selected by Cancer Care Ontario, an agency
of the Ontario Government and the Government’s cancer
advisor, to host parts of its Quality Assurance Services Team
in Information Technology Development Services.
The new partnership will mean new development and software
testing opportunities in information systems to ensure the
quality of CCO solutions used within the cancer system. It
will also mean 6 new permanent jobs in Thunder Bay. Partners
include: Cancer Care Ontario, TBRHSC, Regional Cancer Care
Northwest, and the Business Development Team at Thunder Bay
Regional Research Institute (TBRRI), Province of Ontario,
City of Thunder Bay’s Community Economic Development
Commission, Lakehead University, and Confederation College.
“This new partnership between TBRHSC and CCO
will enhance our development and software testing
of information management solutions in cancer care,”
says Rick Skinner, Vice-President and Chief Information
Officer at Cancer Care Ontario. “This is also
an opportunity to collaborate with our regional partners.
We also know we can recruit and retain very good Quality
Assurance staff in Thunder Bay.
The CCO Northwest office will house part of
CCO’s Quality Assurance Services Team (a team comprised
of Information Technology professionals). CCO is considering
a further strengthening of their new IT office in Thunder
Bay over the next few years.
Michael Power is Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario,
Executive Vice President of Chronic Disease Prevention Management
at TBRHSC, and CEO of TBRRI. He says this is an important
step forward in the development of Cancer Care IT services.
It also offers an economic boost for the community.
“This will be great
for our local economy and it signals a new working
relationship in Cancer Care IT services for CCO and
our Regional Cancer Care Program,” says Power.
“This partnership has the potential to stimulate
new R+D for both CCO and the TBRHSC/TBRRI in IT services
and solutions that support the Cancer system”.
is a vote of great confidence for the Regional Cancer
Care Program, headquartered in Thunder Bay,”
says Andrée Robichaud, President and CEO of
TBRHSC. “It also reinforces TBRHSC's commitment
to research, development, and to innovation through
information exchange and information technology. This
partnership promises to improve the care that cancer
patients in our region will receive.”
New Quality Assurance analysts recruited by
Cancer Care Ontario are expected to pilot and test software
and information systems at TBRHSC. As a result, TBRHSC physicians,
staff and patients will benefit from increased access to the
newest provincial software advances.
Thunder Bay’s Community
Economic Development Commission (CEDC) played a crucial
role in helping secure the partnership with Cancer
Care Ontario. “We realize this is a valuable
economic development opportunity for the City of Thunder
Bay,” says Ed Schmidtke, Chair, Thunder Bay
CEDC. “We have agreed to contribute our support
and will continue to honour our commitment to attract
high quality health care jobs to the Northwest. We
are honoured to have an agency like Cancer Care Ontario
partner with us in our region.”
City of Thunder Bay Mayor,
Keith Hobbs, says the new jobs in Quality Assurance
are yet another example of the growing health care
economy. “We are seeing the economic benefits
that continue to result from our city’s boom
in health care academics, research and services. This
is another example of how our city is being recognized
in health care Research and Development.”
The Province is also onboard. MPP Bill Mauro says the new
partnership will lead to meaningful healthcare advancements
for patients and families in the Northwest.
“By working together to form key partnerships,
the Province of Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario, the
Regional Health Sciences Centre, the city, the university
and the college are having a true impact. We are
honoured to join Cancer Care Ontario on this venture.”
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