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The Honourable David Caplan celebrates the opening of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health

Centre the largest full service fertility centre in the GTA

June 17, 2009  –  The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care helped Mount Sinai Hospital celebrate today’s grand opening of its state-of-the-art Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health. This Centre’s new space makes it the largest full service fertility centre in the Greater Toronto Area.

"Mount Sinai's team is leading the way with this new Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health. The work being done here has not only made Mount Sinai a leader in maternal, newborn and genetics services, but has given countless Ontarians who are facing reproductive difficulties the chance at having a family," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister David Caplan.

The Centre was previously located in two buildings. The new space, at 250 Dundas Street West, centralizes the services. It was designed to provide more Ontarians with leading-edge, specialized fertility care in a comfortable and private setting, while remaining affiliated with a world-renowned teaching hospital.

“Our new Centre has allowed us to expand and improve the unique features we provide in fertility treatment,” said Dr. Ellen Greenblatt, Medical Director of the Centre. “Our Centre provides leading treatment for all patients, including same sex couples and single women. One of our sub-specialties, however, is the viral program. We are one of the few centres that serve individuals who are infected with HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. In our previous location, we had facilities to treat these clients a few weeks a year. In our new space, we have a quarantine lab making our Centre the only one in the GTA with a dedicated year round viral program. This is a remarkable development in fertility treatment for our community.”

The new Centre, which began seeing patients in early June 2009, includes an expanded research space, state-of-the-art embryology laboratory, and a separate entrance, reception and space dedicated to the comfort and privacy of male patients.

“Mount Sinai Hospital has a leading fertility team and program,” said Joseph Mapa, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital. “We believe in care right from the start, which is why we’ve invested in a program that helps individuals who have difficulty conceiving. Our fertility team is world-class and it is supported by a wealth of medical and research expertise on our Women’s and Infants’ Health team. We created this new Centre to provide our patients with the best care and experience possible.”

About Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital is an internationally recognized, 472-bed acute care academic health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Toronto. It is known for excellence in the provision of compassionate patient care, innovative education, and leading-edge research. Mount Sinai’s Centres of Excellence include the Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women's and Infants' Health; Christopher Sharp Centre for Surgery & Oncology; Acute and Chronic Medicine; Laboratory Medicine and Infection Control, and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute.

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Melissa McDermott
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Mount Sinai Hospital
Tel: 416-586-4800 ext. 8306