The Ottawa Hospital Annual Report

Rosemary Bickerton (left) and Joselyn Banks (right)
COVID-19 timeline: A year in review

Explore an interactive COVID-19 timeline to learn how care teams, researchers and the community have come together over the past year.

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New 40-bed temporary unit opens at the Civic Campus

Constructed in just nine weeks, the Offload Medicine Transition Unit (OMTU) expands hospital capacity and decreases ambulance offload times.

Irene Watpool (left) and Rebecca Porteous (right) stand by an empty ICU bed
Giving every COVID-19 patient the chance to participate in research

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Irene Watpool and Rebecca Porteous have been on the front lines of COVID-19 clinical trials at The Ottawa Hospital.

A collage of “Thank you” messages sent in by members of the community.
A powerful community response to COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit Ottawa, our community rallied, donating more than $2 million in support of equipment, PPE, and more than 60 research and innovation projects.

Fran Cosper
Specialized technology helps paralyzed patient walk again

Paralyzed by Guillain Barré syndrome, Fran learned to walk again with help from our donor-supported CAREN system — one of only two like it in Canada.

View of New Civic Development Main Entrance and Research Tower from Carling
The Ottawa Hospital completes next stage of planning for new Civic development

The Ottawa Hospital is one step closer to opening one of the largest and most advanced hospitals in Canada, and is now pleased to share with the public the proposed design of the cutting-edge new campus that will be situated near Dow’s Lake at the foot of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.

Staff use a bioreactor to grow cells inside the Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre
Biotherapeutics vs. COVID-19

Our Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre is filling a critical gap in Canada’s capacity to manufacture experimental vaccines and cell therapies for COVID-19.

Brewer Assessment Centre exterior sign
An oral history of the COVID-19 Brewer Assessment Centre

Hear from staff at The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Public Health and CHEO about what it took to stand up a testing centre in less than a week, and the impact it has had on the community in the past year.

Dee Marcoux poses with her “wall of fame,” showcasing many instances of public recognition over a long career.
Driven donor amplifies impact with match gift

Determined to make her community stronger, Dee Marcoux takes action, inspiring others with her match gift in honour of health-care workers.

Ulyana Osorio (left) Maddy Keup appearing on a screen (middle) and Suzanne Lariviere (right)
New Virtual Information Desk connects patients and volunteers during COVID-19

Volunteers provide compassionate care and a helping hand at The Ottawa Hospital’s new Virtual Information Desk – the first of its kind in hospitals across Canada.

Gina Mertikas-Lavictoire (left) and her mother, Katerina.
Breast cancer patients benefit from Ottawa-based study

Gina is showing her gratitude by fundraising with vibrant calendars and participating in a research study that’s changing the standard of breast cancer care world-wide.

David Cook
Rock star researcher uses big data to answer big questions

Award-winning trainee pioneers new research techniques and joyfully teaches them to others.

Dr. Rebecca Auer
World-first clinical trial aims to protect cancer patients from COVID-19

Surgeon-scientist Dr. Rebecca Auer is leading a trial she hopes will boost cancer patients’ immune systems, protecting them from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.