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The Ottawa Hospital and the CANVent Program are working with the Ministry of Health and several other hospitals on a three-year pilot project to improve the clinical transitions and quality of life for patients who require long-term ventilation.

The pilot project will aim to:

  • Ensure ICU beds are available for those who need them.
  • Improve the quality of life for people requiring long-term ventilation by allowing these individuals to receive specialized care closer to home. 
  • Reduce unnecessary emergency department visits.
  • Coordinate long-term ventilation expertise from across the province and make it available for all Ontarians closer to home.
  • Coordinate existing resources from across the province to support better patient care. 

The pilot project builds on the expertise of four hospitals that specialize in the support and care of people requiring long-term ventilation and those with complex respiratory needs.

These hospitals will support specialized providers that exist within their geographies to form three hub and spoke structures. A hub and spoke model works like a wheel, with the hub being the central point, in this case a hospital leading the pilot project regionally, and the spokes being the community hospitals delivering the services. This structure will enable patients who previously required ventilatory support in a hospital to safely transition to an alternate care setting within their community.  

The Ottawa Hospital is home to the CANVent (Canadian Alternatives in Non-Invasive Ventilation) Program. The CANVent Program is located at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, although the team is active throughout each of the acute care sites of The Ottawa Hospital. The medical director is Dr. Douglas McKim, and expert care is provided by a team of respirologists, respiratory therapists and nurses.

The CANVent Program is unique because it plays a central role within the community in identifying individuals who are at risk and preventing serious or life-threatening complications such as respiratory failure. Through its work, the Program has raised the level of awareness among specialists that individuals with neuromuscular diseases, whether in hospital or the community, are at high risk for respiratory complications and that education and non-invasive airway management (NIVAM) strategies may significantly reduce or eliminate this risk.

Dr. McKim and the CANVent Program also liaise closely with intensive care units (ICUs) in the region to facilitate weaning from invasive ventilation for appropriate candidates, which will improve the opportunities for living in the community rather than hospital or long-term care.

Below is a list of hospitals currently linked to a hub site. Additional hospitals will be added as the strategy expands. 

West Hub | London Health Sciences Centre

Alexandra HospitalWest
Alexandra Marine and General HospitalWest
Cambridge Memorial HospitalWest
Grey Bruce Health Services – Owen Sound SiteWest
Guelph General HospitalWest
London Health Sciences Centre – University HospitalWest
London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria HospitalWest
North Bay Regional Health Centre – North Bay SiteNorth
St. Thomas-Elgin General HospitalWest
Stratford General HospitalWest
Strathroy Middlesex General HospitalWest
Tillsonburg District Memorial HospitalWest
Windsor Regional Hospital – Metropolitan CampusWest
Windsor Regional Hospital – Ouellette CampusWest
Woodstock General HospitalWest    

Central Hub | West Park Healthcare Centre & Michael Garron Hospital

Grand River Hospital Corporation – Kitchener Waterloo HospitalWest
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation – West Lincoln Memorial HospitalWest
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation – General HospitalWest
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation – Juravinski Hospital and Cancer CentreWest
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation – McMaster University Medical CentreWest
Humber River Hospital – Wilson SiteCentral
Lakeridge Health – BowmanvilleEast
Lakeridge Health – OshawaEast
Lakeridge Health – AjaxEast
Mackenzie Health – Mackenzie Richmond Hill HospitalCentral
Mackenzie Health – Cortellucci Vaughan HospitalCentral
North York General Hospital – General SiteCentral
Oak Valley Health – Markham Stouffville SiteCentral
Scarborough Health Network – Centenary SiteEast
Scarborough Health Network – Birchmount SiteEast
Sinai Health System – Mount Sinai HospitalToronto
Southlake Regional Health CentreCentral
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences CentreNorth
Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley HospitalCentral
Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga HospitalCentral
William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic HospitalCentral
William Osler Health System – Etobicoke GeneralCentral          

East Hub | The Ottawa Hospital

Blanche River Health – KirklandNorth
Brockville General Hospital – Charles St. SiteEast
Hawkesbury and District General HospitalEast
Hopital MontfortEast
Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Kingston GeneralEast
Lennox and Addington County General HospitalEast
Pembroke Regional HospitalEast
Queensway – Carleton HospitalEast
Quinte Healthcare Corporation – BellevilleEast
St. Joseph’s General HospitalNorth
The Ottawa Hospital – Civic SiteEast

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Last updated on: June 20th, 2022