Osler receives prestigious international cancer and palliative care designation

William Osler Health System (Osler) has received international accolades for its collaborative approach to caring for patients with cancer. Osler was recently designated as a Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care by the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), a leading non-profit organization for medical oncology.

Annually, ESMO recognizes top cancer centres from around the world that provide comprehensive services in supportive and palliative care, as part of their routine oncology patient care. To be eligible for the designation, cancer centres undergo a rigorous process and must demonstrate 13 criteria requirements, which cover a range of topics including the integration of oncology and palliative care, research, education, family support, and pain and symptom management.

Osler was among 21 international cancer centres to receive the designation this year. Only four Canadian cancer centres have ever received this designation and Osler is the first community hospital to do so.

“Osler is proud to be among the world’s leading hospitals, providing cancer patients with comprehensive care that meets their oncology and palliative care needs,” said Jane deLacy, Associate Vice President, Clinical Operations, William Osler Health System. “The ESMO designation is a testament to the collaborative approach of our staff and physicians in delivering patient-inspired care every day.”

Photo:  (left to right) Osler’s Patricia Mosnia, Clinical Director of Oncology and Palliative Care, Dr. Martin Chasen, Medical Director, Supportive and Palliative Care, Dr. Rardi van Heest, Interim Medical Director of Cancer Care, and Kiki Ferrari, Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations.

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