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We are pleased to present the 2019 Annual Report for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at University Health Network (UHN). This report profiles our progress and activities in clinical care, research and education in the past year.
For the Princess Margaret, 2019 was a year of growth and reflection. We launched our new strategic plan, Future Care Now: Create Cancer Care for 2030, which outlines the foundational essentials and new strategic priorities that will guide our efforts to achieve impact as one of the top comprehensive cancer centres in the world. In alignment with our new strategy, we made progress in advancing data science, expanded our global partnerships, implemented new advances in care, and furthered our understanding of cancer through clinical, translational and basic research. The Princess Margaret clinical trials program continues to grow in volume and breadth with 2,765 patients enrolled in clinical trials in 2019.
With impending transitions in the Centre’s leadership in 2020, an external review was commissioned by Dr. Kevin Smith, UHN CEO, and Dr. Brian Hodges, UHN Chief Medical Officer, to critically assess the Centre’s progress, current state, future plans and ambitions. The reviewers endorsed the Centre’s aspiration to be a top 5 Cancer Centre in the world and provided a unique perspective on our plans to continue to impact cancer care at a global scale.
We also experienced a significant shift in the governance of cancer care across the province. One central agency, Ontario Health, now oversees all cancer care delivery and clinical guidance to ensure the best quality care for patients. The Princess Margaret will continue to work closely with Ontario Health-Cancer Care Ontario, to facilitate system-wide collaboration and improvement.
We acknowledge the crucial role of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in its tremendous support and philanthropic efforts that help make our programs and innovation agenda possible. We thank our donors, granting agencies, sponsors, and supporters for their continued patronage.
Finally, we extend our gratitude to our staff and volunteers for their relentless dedication and determination in providing the very highest standard of care and support for our patients, and for continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and collaboration.
Marnie EscafMHA, HBBA
Senior Vice President, Executive Lead Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Mary GospodarowiczMD, FRCPC, FRCR (Hon)
Medical Director, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Aaron D SchimmerMD, PhD, FRCPC
Research Director, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
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