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Toronto Central CCAC announces new Medical Advisor for Palliative Care

November 18th, Toronto – The Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Russell Goldman as Medical Advisor for palliative care services. As the Director at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, and with a long history of advancing high quality end-of-life care in the community, Dr. Goldman is a valuable addition to help support palliative services of the CCAC. In this new advisory role, Dr. Goldman will ensure that our palliative care team has access to clinical advice while supporting clients to die at home with dignity.

Dr. Goldman’s continuing role at the Temmy Latner Centre, combined with his additional role at the CCAC, will also strengthen the existing partnership between both of these organizations.

“Many people living with terminal illness wish to be at home with family and friends as long as possible. These days, those who choose to die at home can be appropriately supported to do so with the same kind of medical care you’d expect in a hospital palliative care unit,” says Dr. Russell Goldman.

Toronto Central CCAC supports our clients’ choices in delivering their health care at home, especially when they and their families are faced with terminal illness. CCAC care coordinators, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, personal support workers, and community partners, like Hospice Toronto, work hard to deliver team based care for palliative home care clients and their families.

“We have experienced first-hand the value of the team based approach Toronto Central CCAC has taken toward palliative care support for people in the Toronto Central LHIN. Having such a range of skilled people, including volunteers, involved in providing care strengthens the capacity of the team as well as builds supports for our clients and caregivers. This also supports a collaborative approach to palliative services in our community,” says Dena Maule, Executive Director, Hospice Toronto.

Libbie, the caregiver of one of the CCAC’s late clients, describes her experience of the palliative care program this way: “We didn’t need that much support at the beginning. But when we did need it, it came very quickly.” Her husband Tony had successfully fought liver cancer twice before dying at home with the support of Toronto Central CCAC. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Goldman now working in an official capacity with the Toronto Central CCAC. We have worked side by side with him and his team for many years, and I have always been impressed by his passion, sensitivity and dedication in caring for people who are dying. Having stronger collaboration between home care and primary care is one of the most important steps we can take to improve how we care for clients in the community,” says Dipti Purbhoo, Sr. Director Client Services, Toronto Central CCAC.

Benefits of the Toronto Central CCAC integrated palliative program include:

- A team of dedicated health care professionals, including: Toronto Central CCAC care coordinators, personal support workers, nurses, pharmacists, a physician, hospice volunteers, social workers and spiritual leaders
- A team keeping clients and families at the centre by respecting their needs, wishes and choices 
- A team who is involved in helping clients and families plan out important decisions in advance, rather than in a crisis
- A team who helps manage rapidly changing pain needs, and is considerate of the emotional and spiritual concerns of patients and families 
- A team who respects the social and cultural needs of patients and families 
- 24-7 support to help with un-needed emergency room admissions
About Toronto Central CCAC

Toronto Central CCAC connects people across Toronto with quality in-home and community-based health care. We provide information, direct access to qualified care providers and community-based services to help people come home from hospital or live independently at home. In any given month we serve a population of nearly 1.5 million residents of the Toronto area with their care needs in the community. In any given month, the organization supports:
- More than 19,000 people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds
- 1,700 kids getting support at their schools
- 400 adults receiving rehabilitation services
- 23,000 information and referral inquiries
- The transition to a long-term care home for 240 clients
- 600 individuals to die at home with dignity
- Saving 1000s of hospital days by transitioning 7,000 clients home for care

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About the CCAC

Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) connect people across Ontario with quality in‐home and community‐based health care. CCACs provide information, access to qualified care providers and community‐based services to help people come home from hospital or live independently at home.