Since 2007, after undertaking a much-needed upgrade and expansion to support cancer care, the hospital has continued to provide exceptional care in a suitable location equipped with all the modern technologies for patient care and treatment. But there are limitations in the number of patients that the Cancer Care Unit can comfortably and efficiently care for.
When the new unit opened in 2007, St Joseph’s had over 1,400 cancer care patient visits. Today, approximately 4,700 cancer care patient visits will be supported annually. Faced with the reality of a growing and aging population that will continue to give rise in the number of cancer related cases and the fact that acute care services, which includes the testing for cancer diagnosis and treatment, will move to the new Island Health Comox Valley Hospital by 2017, St. Joseph’s remains steadfast in its commitment to the deliver safe quality care to this community in the years leading up to the transition.
With your help, we can be proactive today and address these rising statistics by undergoing an efficient yet affordable expansion of the Cancer Care Unit.
The modest expansion would involve securing a small area from the rehabilitation services department to allow more space to comfortably accommodate five treatment areas, a patient center area and the room for the additional equipment necessary to care for patients efficiently.
The Comox Valley is very fortunate to have a specialized cancer care team in our community. This renovation will provide the space needed to help ensure cancer patients can be treated in their own community in a comforting environment, free from overcrowding. The budget for the renovation and equipment is $130,000.
With your support, St. Joseph’s can make the changes needed to ensure our friends, families and loved ones battling cancer continue to have the best available care Here and Now at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.
“I cannot thank the Cancer Care team enough for helping in my wife Wendy’s battle with cancer. Wendy endured 32 rounds of chemo and could not have done that without the incredible support of the Cancer Care Unit. Although the end result was not what we hoped, we know that the care she received contributed to her quality of life. Please support this quest to raise the funds needed to expand the Cancer Care Unit.”
– Rick Gibson