Central Regional Cancer Program
The Central Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the residents of North York, York Region and South Simcoe.
Stronach Regional Cancer Centre
The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake in Newmarket has a vision to provide “Shockingly Excellent Experiences” and quality cancer care services closer to home for patients since 2010.
The cancer centre includes a radiation treatment program, systemic treatment program, clinical trials program, supportive care program, and outpatient clinics. This facility represents an advanced model for cancer care, combining sophisticated cancer technology with expert, patient-focused services and supportive care.
Inpatient and outpatient cancer services across the Southlake campus include:
- a comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment Program, which uses the most up-to-date screening and diagnostic equipment, designed to more accurately detect cancer at its earliest stages
- expedited treatment options, recognizing the critical importance of early intervention for successful treatment outcomes and reducing the stress and anxiety associated with prolonged waits
- state-of-the-art image-guided radiation therapy technology and information systems — the current gold standard for radiation treatment worldwide
- a full range of support care services to address the psychosocial needs of patients and their families
Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-President, Central Regional Cancer Program
Helena helps to improve the patient experience by leading Southlake’s cancer clinicians and care providers. She works collaboratively with regional partners to further the goals in the fourth Ontario Cancer Plan. She also represents the Central Regional Cancer Program provincially and participates in Cancer Care Ontario’s Provincial Leadership Council.
A Registered Nurse by profession, Helena earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Education from Brock University. She also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management Executive Programs at the University of Toronto.
Helena is an experienced healthcare executive who has worked in healthcare for more than 32 years. She has held progressive management and leadership roles at the Hospital for Sick Children, Trillium Health Centre and Southlake Regional Health Centre. She was recognized with the Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Leadership Award of Excellence at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Throughout her career, Helena has served on numerous provincial committees and task forces and has presented internationally. Committed to quality care, she led teams who were nationally recognized with the Johnson and Johnson Best Practices Award, the 3M Health Care Quality Team Award, the COACH Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Award and the international McKesson Distinguished Achievement Award for Clinical Excellence.