Daily Media Digest March 16, 2018

Ottawa Citizen
“Three years after breaking ground, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is set to open a 145,000-square-foot facility that it calls the “latest and most sophisticated in Canada.” Official opening of the tower will take place next week, although renovations to older parts of the Heart Institute will continue for …”
TAGS: The Ottawa Hospital, Heart Institute, Renovation


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care …”
TAGS: CIHR grants, science and innovation, research funding


Simon Fraser University News
“Professor Scott Venners, in collaboration with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), will lead a four-year, $700,000 population-health initiative that will train four Indigenous SFU graduate students in both population health research methods, and in public health and wellness practice at FNHA.”
TAGS: research funding, population health research, First Nations Health Authority, Indigenous researchers


Toronto Star
“With the help of groundbreaking technology, the University Health Network became the largest adult organ transplant program in North America in 2017. The network, which includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, completed 639 adult …”
TAGS: organ transplant program, Toronto XVIVO Perfusion System


Government of Ontario News
“Today Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the government is supporting the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to bring its mental health and … CHEO-OCTC is a pediatric health and research centre, which provides rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs, including …”
TAGS: mental health, children’s health


“While most teens cringe at the thought of spending March Break at school, Amber Simon is perfectly happy at Dalhousie University this week, drilling plastic teeth and treating “patients” in the dentistry program. Simon, 19, is one of a dozen Indigenous teens who are taking part in the Eagle “Kitpu” Wise …”
TAGS: Faculty of Medicine, Indigenous students,


CTV News
“A growing and aging population is adding pressure to Ontario’s health-care system and spending isn’t keeping up — a situation that could result in compromised quality of care if left unaddressed, the province’s fiscal watchdog warned Wednesday. In a report issued ahead of the March 28 budget, the …”
TAGS: healthcare spending, Ontario


Edmonton Journal
“How to improve the health system, including the role of private providers, was the focus of a symposium Wednesday night at the University of Alberta that drew together representatives from four of the province’s political parties along with a handful of researchers. In front of a crowd of about 75 people, …”
TAGS: Alberta, public health care system, private health care


““We need to talk about the issue in Canada with the underinsured and uninsured,” says Pamela Fralick, President of Innovative Medicines Canada. “Despite our public health care system, there are still big gaps and pharmacare in general is one. There are some people who don’t get access to medicine …”
TAGS: pharmacare, Market Access Summit, Pamela Fralick