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NEWS: Nunavut March 28, 2014 - 11:49 am

Nunavut pediatric team snags award from CHEO, CTV Ottawa

“I’m thrilled our Nunavut health professionals have been recognized"

DAVID MURPHY
From left to right: Erin Crowe, chair of the CHEO board of trustees, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Dr. Amber Miners, Julie Massicotte, Laureen Harper, and CHEO's president and CEO, Alex Munter. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CHEO)
From left to right: Erin Crowe, chair of the CHEO board of trustees, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Dr. Amber Miners, Julie Massicotte, Laureen Harper, and CHEO's president and CEO, Alex Munter. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CHEO)

Nunavut’s Pediatric Complex and Chronic Care Clinic team was one of seven organizations to take home a “Connected Care Award” from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, at a ceremony held March 26 at Funhaven Family Entertainment Centre in Ottawa.

The ceremony was featured in a live broadcast by CTV Ottawa, one of the sponsors of the award, which honours health care teams who work together to help children and families.

The Iqaluit pediatric team, set up in 2009, helps children who need long-term treatment, children with complex issues, or any other child who could benefit from the team’s services.

The group brings together doctors, nurse practitioners, public health workers, home and community care workers, social services, rehabilitation services, and the Baffin regional dietician.

“In a region where poverty, criminality and suicide rates are high, the passionate and committed experts in the PCCC work to enhance delivery of required services, facilitate knowledge sharing and aim to become a regional team so that they may serve more youth,” the children’s hospital said in a release.

Julie Massicotte, a nurse and health care clinician, as well as Dr. Amber Miners, the clinic chair, accepted the award at the Funhaven Family Entertainment Centre.

Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented the awards.

This is the first time in the award’s four-year history that a Nunavut organization has won a CHEO Healthy Kids’ award. 

“I’m thrilled our Nunavut health professionals have been recognized for their outstanding work,” Nunavut’s health minister, Monica Ell, said in a release.

Nunavut qualifies for the award because it falls within the CHEO’s catchment area — which includes eastern Ontario, western Quebec, and parts of northern Ontario.

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