Oncology pioneer recognized for bringing cancer care closer to home

February 9, 2015

Accessing local cancer care can be a struggle for those living in small town Ontario. Having treatments available close to home directly impacts patients and their families during a stressful time in their lives. For decades, residents in and around Belleville would have to travel to Kingston or Toronto to receive the care they needed.

Dr. Douglas MacIntosh changed that.

Just a few short years after he joined the Quinte Health Care team in 1966, Dr. MacIntosh, supported by Registered Nurse Donna Holoway and volunteers Sylvia Buskard and Ruth Webber, transformed a small room in the hospital into a clinic.

The tight-knit group put in long hours and bonded over heartbreaking moments and greater successes. Over the decades that followed, the once small and bare-boned clinic slowly grew into the ten treatment chairs facility it is today.

On November 29, 2014, The Belleville General Hospital Foundation held a special event to honour Dr. MacIntosh for his unwavering commitment and vision for cancer treatment in our community. Part of this honour was to rename the Quinte Health Care Oncololgy Clinic to the Dr. Douglas A. MacIntosh Cancer Clinic.

When he became a doctor in the 1960s, his goal was to cure cancer. Now, Dr. MacIntosh is a cancer patient at the oncology unit that bears his name. It couldn’t be named after a more fitting or deserving member of the Quinte Health Care family.

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