Expanding Capacity to Care for Patients with Blood Cancers

Ron and Nancy Clark Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies Unit

A newly expanded unit for patients needing treatment for blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia officially opened at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre on October 30, 2020.

“We are so grateful to the dedicated donor community,” says Pearl Veenema, Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “It is their commitment to this amazing program that has enabled us to fund the equipment, patient amenities and provide the community share of the capital development costs.”

The Ron and Nancy Clark Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies Unit will enhance provincial capacity for this lifesaving treatment and allow patients to receive care closer to home. It is just one of three centres in Ontario providing all forms of stem cell transplants to adult cancer patients:

  • autologous (uses patient’s own stem cells)
  • allogeneic (stem cells from a donor)
  • and the novel CAR-T Cell therapy (patient’s T-Cells are modified in a lab and re-administered to the patient).

The expanded unit features:

  • State-of-the-art design for a healing environment
  • 15 new inpatient rooms
  • Five new outpatient bays
  • Two lounge areas for family and friends, both equipped with kitchens
  • Expanded outpatient area for Hematology in Juravinski Cancer Centre
  • Expanded laboratory and pharmacy space

“My sincere congratulations to all of the staff and physicians, both past and present, whose dedication and brilliance led to the development of this world-class hematology program,” says Charles Criminisi, Chair of Hamilton Health Sciences’ Board of Directors and Chair of the Tomorrow Stems From You® campaign. “I would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations that contributed to making the expanded unit a reality. Your generosity will change lives.”

Funding for the $25 million expanded unit was provided by the Government of Ontario. An additional $5 million was raised by Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation through its Tomorrow Stems From You® campaign.