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Dollarama CEO donates $30 million to create Montreal cancer coalition

MONTREAL – Three major Montreal health centres announced a collaboration with McGill University to improve cancer care in Quebec on Wednesday.

The McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Center with McGill University will form the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN), which will work to improve the quality of care and increase survival rates in the province.

With an initial investment $58 million, in part funded by a $30 million gift from the Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, the alliance hopes to build on the strengths of its combined partners. It plans to kick off with a strong plan for tracking the patient experience, managing of the disease and improving outcomes.

“More than 11,000 Quebec patients were diagnosed with cancer in the Rossy Cancer Network in 2012, and thousands more depend on our cancer care and services,” Dr. David Eidelman, VP of Health Affairs and Dean of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine said in a statement.

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“By leveraging the oncology expertise of our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and support staff across the spectrum of the disease, we are taking a major step forward in the fight against cancer.”

The partner hospitals – led by Mr. Normand Rinfret, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Hartley Stern, Executive Director of the Jewish General Hospital, and Dr. Arvind Joshi, Director General and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital Center, are united in their commitment to the RCN as the most effective way to serve the best interests of patients, to ensure they are at the centre of all efforts.

“The Rossy Cancer Network is tangible evidence of our commitment to improving the well-being of all Quebecers,” said Dr. Hartley Stern.

“If we look at the best systems in the world, their success is due, to a considerable degree, to these types of partnerships.”

“From day one, my wife and I wanted to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the more than 47,000 Quebecers diagnosed with cancer each year,” said Larry Rossy, founder and CEO of Dollarama, Inc.

“It is my great hope that in the near future, we will all look back on this initiative and our collective efforts as a defining moment when Quebec became the model for how to make cancer care better.”

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