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Ontario Expands World-Class Cardiac Care in Ottawa

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Ontario Expands World-Class Cardiac Care in Ottawa

New State-of-the-Art Tower Set to Open at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is increasing access to one of the world's most advanced cardiac care facilities for patients in Ottawa, with the opening of a new state-of-the-art Critical Care Tower at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

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, and Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, were at the institute today to announce the completion of the new six-storey tower, which is part of the cardiac life support services redevelopment project. The new tower will start serving patients in April 2018.

Demand for cardiac care is growing in the region and the new tower will provide more services with advanced technology for patients with increasingly complex needs. Expanded services will include:

  • Six more beds in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit
  • Two additional electrophysiology laboratories to test electrical activity of the heart, to help diagnose arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat)
  • An additional operating room to provide up to 305 more surgeries per year
  • More space for cardiac imaging services.

Increasing access to high-quality health care is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity 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 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $162 million in the University of Ottawa Heart Institute redevelopment and expansion project. The 145,000-square-foot facility will provide families in Ottawa and surrounding communities with modern facilities in a patient-focused environment.
  • The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and leading heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. It is ranked in the top three per cent of world research institutions. It trains more than 280 medical students and treats more than 220,000 patients each year.

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Dr. Helena Jaczek

“Getting excellent care closer to home is crucial for people suffering from heart disease. By redeveloping the University of Ottawa Heart Institute with new, state-of-the-art facilities, we will ensure patients in Ottawa and the surrounding area receive the best possible care from this world leader in cardiac care.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

John Fraser

“The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is already a world class facility for cardiovascular care and with the construction of the new Critical Care Tower, it will be able to provide even more services and continue caring for patients with complex needs in the Ottawa region.”

John Fraser

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP, Ottawa South

Yasir Naqvi

“Ottawa is fortunate to be home to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), whose world class cardiac care has touched the lives of families across our community, and eastern Ontario. Building on their record of exceptional patient satisfaction, this expansion will bring the facility into the 21st century to continue the UOHI’s tradition of innovation, discovery and research while delivering unparalleled cardiac care to a growing and changing patient population”

Yasir Naqvi

MPP, Ottawa Centre

“This is the most significant expansion in the history of the Heart Institute. Our new facility will not only reinforce our cardiovascular care, research, and training capacities, but it will also ensure our patients continue to receive world-class care, from an extraordinary team evolving in a state-of-the-art environment. This is our promise.”

Dr. Thierry Mesana

President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

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