Partnership expands community’s access to GI endoscopy procedures

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) is very pleased to announce a unique partnership with Tri-City Colonoscopy Clinic (TCC) that will provide the community and the Region of Waterloo with increased access to Gastro-intestinal (GI) endoscopy procedures and services. This partnership is the result of a successful proposal made to Ontario Health that was seeking requests to help address the backlog of procedures created by the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to have this partnership in place. Over the next year, this will add more capacity to the system, while maintaining the same level of quality,” said Stephanie Pearsall, VP Clinical Programs & Chief Nursing Executive. “All TCC physicians also practice at the hospital and are familiar with our referral processes and IT systems. This, coupled with their exemplary commitment to quality, laid the ground work to a successful proposal.”

“COVID-19 disrupted our health care system and we were put in a position to find unique ways to help address the wait lists”, said Dr. Augustin Nguyen, gastroenterologist and TCC Medical Director. “As of July 2021, the hospital had a backlog of over 1600 endoscopy cases, which is much more than what it normally has in any given year. By transferring medically appropriate, low-complexity cases to TCC, we can expect to help the hospital offset as many as 500 cases on that list.”

The proposal does not cover other common endoscopies like sigmoidoscopies and proctoscopies. Over 2300 colonoscopies were performed at CMH in 2019.

The partnership went into effect Tuesday, August 24.


About Tri-City Colonoscopy Clinic

Tri-City Colonoscopy Clinic is a leading edge outpatient endoscopy clinic that provides diagnostic screening services to the Cambridge/Kitchener/Waterloo area, as well as the surrounding region. The clinic has been in operation since October 2010 and has performed almost 40,000 procedures, diagnosed cancer in hundreds of patients and managed thousands of patients with gastrointestinal diseases. Tri-City Colonoscopy Clinic remains committed to one thing: providing exceptional care, close to home, without delay. For more information, please visit

About Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Cambridge Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital offering a full complement of services including surgery, maternity, laboratory, diagnostics and emergency. It employs over 1,100 dedicated and skilled health care professionals, technicians and staff, 280 physicians and 400 volunteers providing exceptional care to the residents of Cambridge, the township of North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, visit

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