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The Ottawa Hospital launches community engagement and consultation process on new Civic Campus

March 7, 2016  The Ottawa Hospital is pleased to launch the first phase of a comprehensive community engagement and consultation process on the construction of a new Civic Campus. At tonight’s public information session, the hospital will present an exciting vision for a 21st-century health-care facility. Members of the public will also be welcomed to ask questions and hear from hospital CEO and President Dr. Jack Kitts, Ottawa-Centre MP Catherine McKenna and Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi.

The current Civic Campus is made up of buildings that were built in the early 20th century. They need constant renovation and repair, which is expensive and very inefficient. The hospital needs to build a facility that will enable us to deliver state-of-the-art, high-quality care more effectively and efficiently.

In this modern hospital, patients will have their own private rooms and bathrooms to improve privacy, reduce infection risk, and create a space better-suited to visiting with loved ones. Isolation rooms, modern materials, flexible floor layouts, and monitoring systems will help defeat “super bugs” and repel viruses and drug-resistant bacteria. Diagnosis and surgery will be done together in the same operating room suite.

In 2014, the federal government made the decision to lease the Carling Avenue site (60 acres on the Central Experimental Farm) to the hospital for a new campus. We are sensitive to the concerns that have since been raised about the Central Experimental Farm. We are working with the City and the federal government to address those concerns, and are conducting our due diligence on four possible sites:

  • The Sir John Carling parcel of the Farm
  • Tunney’s Pasture
  • The original parcel on the Farm
  • A modified version of this latter parcel

Our ultimate goal is to provide the best health care possible to our patients for generations to come. We encourage the public to attend tonight’s information session for more information on our vision of 21st-century health care.