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Speeding Up Access To Care For Ottawa-Area Families

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Speeding Up Access To Care For Ottawa-Area Families

New Intensive Care Unit At The Ottawa Hospital To Serve More Patients

Office of the Premier

The government is improving access to care for Ottawa families by opening a new intensive care unit (ICU) at The Ottawa Hospital, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"When your loved one needs intensive care, it's a tough time for your family -- and you want to know that they're getting the care they need," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government is committed to working with Ottawa-area hospitals to provide the best possible care -- and this new unit will mean more beds are available and more patients get on the road to recovery sooner."

The Ottawa Hospital's new ICU will have a total capacity of 32 beds -- nine more than the old ICU it is replacing.

"We are committed to increasing access to health care services for all Ontarians," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "This new intensive care unit will mean better medical facilities, more care and a stronger health care system for Ottawa-area residents."

"We are delighted the government is continuing to support hospital infrastructure in the Ottawa community," said Jack Kitts, CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. "This new ICU unit will help provide high-quality health care services to more Ottawa-area patients."

Today's announcement is part of a plan to strengthen health care at The Ottawa Hospital by providing almost $91 million for:

  • A new Critical Care Tower accommodating 17 operating rooms, an expanded Sterile Processing Department and Surgical Day Unit
  • 74 additional inpatient beds at the General site and
  • A central laboratory for the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory.

The redevelopment project also includes a new Stem Cell and Gene Therapy Research Unit, Vision Research Centre and more parking spaces for visiting family members and friends.

Other recent initiatives to improve access to care throughout the Ottawa area include:

  • Providing $74.6 million in new funding for Ottawa hospitals to provide an additional 89,617 procedures to reduce wait times
  • Creating eight Family Health Teams to improve access to primary care for 72,600 Ottawa-area residents and
  • Adding 744 new and redeveloped long-term care beds.

"We're making progress in strengthening health care in Ottawa -- and we've made these strides by moving forward, together with local hospitals and our people," said Premier McGuinty. "But there's so much more to do as we continue to move forward, together, to strengthen health care for Ontarians."



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