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Government of Ontario Invests in Renovation of CHEO’s Surgical Facilities; reduces wait times
The Government of Ontario today announced new infrastructure funding at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to address wait times for pediatric surgery. Premier Dalton McGuinty was at the hospital today to make the announcement.

The “smart health” investment will make CHEO’s surgical services more efficient, cut wait times and improve the patient experience. Relatively modest renovations will enable CHEO to work smarter and perform between 1,200 to 2,200 additional operations each year, an increase of 16-29 per cent.

“Access to surgery can impact children’s ability to grow, develop and learn,” said Alex Munter, CHEO’s president and chief executive officer. “Helping children and youth access surgery that will allow them to grow and thrive isn’t just an investment in their future; it’s an investment in the future of our whole community.”

This initiative is critical given the significant increase in demand for pediatric surgery. Although, CHEO has been able to increase the number of surgeries performed annually by 16 per cent since September 2009, the waiting list for the same period has increased.

“Much has changed since CHEO last modified its surgical facilities, nearly 40 years ago. Today’s announcement is a great step forward in revitalizing CHEO’s facilities to address the growing need for its services and care,” said Johanne Levesque, chair of the CHEO Board of Trustees. “The Government of Ontario’s strong commitment to delivering quality healthcare for the growing population of children and youth in our community is greatly appreciated.”

CHEO used LEAN methodology to conduct a thorough review of its surgical unit and identified huge opportunities for efficiencies by simply changing the patient flow. The funding will be used to re-organize the daycare surgery and recovery units, build two minor procedures rooms and expand and relocate the post-anesthetic care unit (PACU).

The renovations, expected to be completed in 2015, will also enable CHEO to reduce patient travel and transportation within the hospital, better share resources and specialized staff, improve patient safety and infection control, address building code related deficiencies and increase the flexibility of surgical operations.


For more information contact: Marie Bélanger at 613-737-2343
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