New funding will benefit 325 more patients each year with glaucoma and strabismus
Newmarket – November 3, 2016 – This year, 365 more adult and pediatric patients will receive advanced ophthalmology care closer to home at Southlake Regional Health Centre, through new provincial funding.
To help meet a growing demand in the region, the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has provided Southlake's Eye Institute with $357,695 to perform 110 glaucoma and 255 strabismus surgeries.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye's optic nerve, and is a leading cause of blindness among people over age 50. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes that causes significant loss of vision in many children and adults. Last year, 67% of strabismus surgeries and 62% of glaucoma surgeries for residents of the Central LHIN were performed outside of this catchment area. The new funding will allow Southlake to perform these surgeries, reducing the burden, expense and time required for patients to travel to downtown Toronto hospitals in order to receive their much-needed treatment.
The Eye Institute's team of world-class medical professionals is also proud to welcome Dr. Arun Reginald, a renowned ophthalmologist from the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Reginald will help Southlake meet the demand for advanced ophthalmology care in the region. He specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgery.
“This new funding will make a significant impact on the lives of 365 more patients each year, who can receive world-class ophthalmology care, closer to home at Southlake's Eye Institute,” said Dr. Dave Williams, President and CEO of Southlake. “The Central LHIN has the fastest growing population in the province, and we are so pleased that the province continues to support us as we strive to deliver quality healthcare to all our patients.”
“Central LHIN's investment supports Southlake as a high-volume Eye Centre in our region. The funding advances our local vision care strategy by expanding access to specialty eye care surgeries,” said Kim Baker, CEO of Central LHIN. “Increasing the Eye Institute's surgical capacity will enable more patients to access the specialized ophthalmology care they need closer to home.”
About The Eye Institute at Southlake Regional Health Centre
The Eye Institute at Southlake is a state of the art facility offering advanced ophthalmology procedures, including cataract, glaucoma and strabismus surgeries. Since its opening in September 2007, The Eye Institute has treated over 38,000 patients from across York Region and surrounding areas. Last year alone, 4,611 cataract procedures were performed. The Eye Institute is committed to improving patient access to care through wait times that are significantly below provincial averages.
About Dr. Arun Reginald
Dr. Arun Reginald earned First Class Honours degree in Neuroscience and his Medical Degree from University College London, UK. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Oxford, UK and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. He completed a third fellowship in oculo-plastics at the University of Oxford. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Education at the University of Toronto. Dr. Reginald is a staff pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus surgeon and neuro-ophthalmologist at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Reginald also has a large community pediatric and ophthalmology practice in Newmarket to serve the surrounding communities.
About the Central Local Health Integration Network
As one of Ontario's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), the Central LHIN funds, plans and integrates health care services for 1.8 million residents in urban and rural communities across northern Toronto, sections of Etobicoke, most of York Region and South Simcoe County. In 2015-16, Central LHIN provided over $2 billion in funding to 96 Health Service Providers across one of the province's fastest growing and most diverse regions.
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Southlake Regional Health Centre
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