Major New Investment Will Transform Health Care in Ottawa
New Civic Campus Will Improve Access to High-Quality Health Care for Ottawa Families
To make sure that the Ottawa Hospital can continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care to families from across the Ottawa area, the upcoming provincial Budget will include funding for the redevelopment of the hospital's Civic campus.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, on behalf of Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, joined by Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West - Nepean, Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa - Vanier, and Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa - Orleans, were at The Ottawa Hospital today to announce that Ontario will invest up to $1.8 billion for design and construction, which will transform the hospital into a 21st-century facility, modernizing aging equipment and spaces and boosting the hospital's capacity to provide leading-edge care for Ottawa families.
The new Civic campus will expand services delivered at the existing facility and provide health care to a region of 1.3 million people. It will provide emergency and in-patient services, as well as other speciality programs including neurosciences, trauma services and vascular surgery.
The province will also invest an additional $38 million in Ottawa region hospitals this year to provide better access to care, reduce wait times, address capacity issues and better meet the needs of a growing and aging population. This is part of an additional $822 million investment in hospitals across Ontario in 2018-19 -- an increase of 4.6 per cent.
Building and expanding hospitals is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25,and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation
- The Ottawa Hospital will receive $12.7 million in operating funding in 2018-19, which includes funding for 30 additional hip and knee replacement surgeries, six more endovascular treatments for stroke care, more than 1,000 additional MRI hours for hip risk patients, and over 650 cataract surgeries as part of a provincial investment to help reduce wait times. The hospital will also receive more than $2 million in one-time funding to support enhanced care in the emergency department.
- Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased by more than 65 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to almost $19 billion in 2018-19.
- The Ottawa Hospital is the only facility providing specialized trauma services and vascular surgeries in the region.
- As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario proposed to spend an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province.
“Our government is dedicated to making sure hospitals across the province have the support they need to meet the growing needs of their communities. This commitment in Ottawa will support advancements in care, shorter wait times and a better hospital environment for patients, families and health care providers.”
“The Civic Hospital has deep roots in our community. Today’s announcement marks an important step forward in developing a leading-edge health care campus for the Ottawa region. The new Civic Campus Redevelopment Project will be a center of excellence that continues to deliver high-quality care close to home.”
“Our community’s hospitals and staff are facing more challenges than ever before with an aging, diverse population with increasingly complex health care needs. Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to Ottawa’s health care providers by giving them the support needed to adapt, innovate and continue their tradition of excellence providing world-class health care to Ottawa’s families and residents.”
“Today is a great day for health care for Ottawa and the eastern Ontario region, and is the result of the efforts of many people in our community and in our province working together in support of a new campus. The support from our provincial government to replace the aging Civic Campus is welcome news for our community, patients and health care providers as we plan and build together a 21st-century facility that will be a cornerstone in our region’s health care system for generations to come.”
Dr. Jack Kitts