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29/5/2014
CHEO’s first open house will be educational and fun for all ages
Ottawa, Ontario, May 29, 2014 — Have you ever wanted to ask a neurosurgeon what it’s like to perform brain surgery? Wondered what it’s like to receive a new kidney? Helped a researcher extract DNA? CHEO’s open house on Saturday, June 7, 2014 — part of Doors Open Ottawa — is the perfect opportunity to talk to experts and find out how a hospital ticks. Come and celebrate CHEO’s 40th anniversary, and experience our commitment to care, research, kids and families. Join us for a fun and educational visit for all ages!
 
CHEO will be open to all on June 7 from 12 PM to 4 PM only. Visitors of all ages will get a behind-the-scenes look. You can visit research labs and a surgical suite, see a butterfly garden and our famous Karsh portraits, learn about child and youth health and meet fascinating people from CHEO’s past and present.
 
The Open House will feature a special “Human Library”. Come and meet one-on-one with our fascinating human “books”. They include a heart surgeon, a neurosurgeon, a Paralympic snowboarder, researchers working on cancer and HIV treatment, one of CHEO’s first patients, our medical expert on gender diversity, and many more. These appointments will fill up quickly, so sign up at the start of your visit to CHEO’s Open House.
 
This is a unique open house for CHEO's 40th anniversary, so don't miss it!
 
Other highlights will appeal to both children and adults:
  • Help our researchers extract DNA from fruit and vegetables. You can take home a photo!
  • Test your strength, balance and flexibility with our experts from the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO).
  • Take a guided tour of CHEO’s surgical suites and the CHEO Research Institute labs.
  • Find out how CHEO’s docs test for concussions, decide when to use a cast on a fracture and do hearing tests from a shoebox.
  • Talk to members of CHEO’s Neonatal Transport Team about how they save newborn lives and fly into remote locations.
  • Visit CHEO’s simulation lab where students and medical personnel practice for emergency situations.
  • Find out about our rehabilitation services like Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Physiotherapy and the Chronic Pain Clinic.
  • Find out about CHEOnext – what CHEO is planning for its future.

…and much more.

Free parking will be available on the north side of the hospital (follow signs on Ring Road after turning off Smyth Road). CHEO is wheelchair accessible. Find more information on CHEO’s website, http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/openhouse2014.  
 
CHEO is a pediatric health and research centre providing outstanding family-centred patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.
 
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For more information:
 
Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist
CHEO
Cell: 613-769-5553
eschacherl@cheo.on.ca
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