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BUILDING THE BEST

HELP US BUILD A HEALTHY FUTURE.

THE CHARLES H. BEST DIABETES CENTRE "BUILDING THE BEST" EXPANSION PROJECT

Since 2006, demand for patient services has increased at an annual average rate of 14.5%. The centre has an active case load of about 1,700 people dealing with the intense care requirements placed on them by Type 1 diabetes. Early projected indicators have the demand growing by 92.5% over the next 10 years. The case load for those dealing with T1D will almost double in size; the projected growth will place much more strain on the Centre’s staff, interdisciplinary teams and the physical space required to deliver services.

 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO EXPAND OUR CENTRE AND MEET THE GROWING NEED.

 

With the support of our generous donors, we have kickstarted our fundraising campaign — but we can’t break ground without you. Together, we will build a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary health and wellness centre to better serve our growing population of children, adolescents and adults challenged every day by Type 1 diabetes.

'Building the Best' is a fundraising campaign designed to ensure children, youth, adults and their families continue to have access to the best diabetes management care in Ontario, and arguably the country. Preliminary designs are completed with a vision to maintain a high level of individualized support. The goal is to expand the current footprint to provide adequate space, increasing access to expertise care. Due to patient population demands, the new expansion is necessary and long overdue. ​

YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP US EXPAND OUR CENTRE TO INCLUDE:

 

  • Double the amount of clinic space and private counselling rooms;

  • An expanded and fully accessible main reception and welcome area;

  • A large group education lounge and resource centre;

  • Adjoining play areas and assessment bay with centre’s clinic rooms;

  • Private accessed and secure rental office space

Overall, the new expansion will allow qualified clinical teams to provide transformational care to – unfortunately, a growing Type 1 diabetes population. Expanded and enriched space will allow for all those in need to have access to:

  • Intensive ambulatory care to any patient with a diagnosis of Type 1, in order to enable rapid discharge from hospital and/or  to avoid Emergency Room visits and readmissions;

  • Equitable expert education, care and support for all patients with Type 1 diabetes

  • An expanding regional insulin pump program for children, youth and adults with Type 1 diabetes – the only one of its kind in Canada;

  • Education and support for patients with continuous glucose monitoring devices which can greatly improve health outcomes and quality of life

  • A team of expert educators who are highly skilled to provide state of the art management

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and youth.

In closing, from our Founder, Marlene Grass:

               

The past 30 years has seen significant changes in the evolution of our Centre. Expanding our mandate of serving children and youth to include adults of all ages with Type 1 was, and is, monumental, unique, innovative and much needed. The Centre has set a high standard of education and care delivery. We must continue to strive to exceed this standard of care and meet the ever increasing demand for our services. As we enter our 31st year and beyond, we need to expand our heritage home-like site to be here for those that need us. We will develop more specialized staff to advance our state of the art program delivery; to keep our children, youth and adults’ healthy until a cure is found."

​For 30 years, The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre continues to provide the best diabetes management care in the country – the new expansion under the Building the Best Campaign will ensure that those coping with Type 1 diabetes continue to have the constant care they need and deserve.

TESTIMONIALS
"When I started working at The Best Centre, I found what I thought was an example of how a healthcare facility should be run— truly patient centred, multidisciplinary and staffed by compassionate and dedicated professionals. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by your fierce determination, wisdom and commitment."
~ Dr. Chris Montgomery, Pediatrician
"I had been seen at two other diabetes clinics and neither could regulate my insulin needs. Staff at The Best Centre had my blood sugars under control  within 2 months. What a difference! My team at The Best Centre did not pigeon hole me like hospital clinics did - that made ALL the difference. T1D doesn't control me!"
~ Maria R., Patient
"My son was diagnosed just after his third birthday. He is now 13. I honestly cannot say what I would've done without the support of all the team members and staff at the Best Center."
~ Vanessa L., Parent