Funds raised through the Ride are used to enhance healthcare for patients treated by the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic and the Oncology Inpatient Unit.
Since 2014, the 17,000-square-foot clinic at has been offering advanced care for cancer patients and their families from the Greater Moncton and surrounding areas. A significant percentage of patients are referred by the Miramichi Health Centre. The Moncton Hospital provides one of the most active medical oncology services in New Brunswick.
Patient visits to the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic has increased 45 percent since it opened in 2014. In 2018-19 there were over 18,000 patient visits. This increase is primarily due to patients living longer thanks to new innovation and treatments. The clinic offers 28 treatment stations in a large open space, allowing patients to have someone stay with them during their two to three-hour treatments.
The clinic increased its exam rooms from 7 to 12 and added research space and Oncology Pharmacy services. The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation contributed $6 million to the project and $3.5 million was provided by the provincial government.
The continued growth in the number of patient visits, coupled with rapidly-changing technology and advancements in cancer care, mean there is a need to constantly update, add or replace equipment, making fundraising events such as this so important.
The clinic was renamed the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic in 2017 to honour New Brunswick’s first oncologist.