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When it comes to health care and your child, imagine if…

Ottawa, Ontario, June 10, 2013—The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) has unveiled an ambitious new strategic plan that will mean the difference between “great” and “greatest” care for kids, youth and families.

CHEO asked the community to finish the statement “When it comes to health care and your child, imagine if…” and received thousands of responses from families, staff and service providers from across the region. This was one of many questions asked in an eight month strategic review – the most comprehensive review in the hospital’s 39-year history.

The review examined CHEO’s strengths and areas for improvement, community needs, demographic trends, shifting political and fiscal landscape, usage data, clinical trends and trends in the broader health system.

The result is CHEOnext – our plan for CHEO’s future, unveiled June 8 in a special microsite.

CHEOnext charts how one the country’s leading pediatric hospitals will help kids and families from Eastern Ontario be their healthiest. It charts a new strategic direction as CHEO moves into its fifth decade.

“CHEO has reached critical mass and is poised on a tipping point – still small enough to care, but big enough to really matter,” says CHEO President and CEO Alex Munter.

In the last 10 years, CHEO has nearly doubled its revenue and number of physicians, added two new wings and half a dozen major provincial or regional programs, and quadrupled its research infrastructure through the CHEO Research Institute.

CHEO’s next 10 years will be marked by a very different kind of journey. It won’t be about growing bigger, but about focus and impact:

Focus: CHEO will help more kids, will better connect care inside and beyond the hospital, and will improve the patient experience.

Impact: CHEO’s care will change young lives; its innovation can change young lives around the world.

There will be 70,000 more children and youth in Eastern Ontario in 20 years than there are today.

“The need for CHEO’s services will continue to grow and, in the context of an aging society, will have a more crucial role than ever,” says Mr. Munter. “It is CHEO’s young patients who will be tomorrow's parents, workers, taxpayers and innovators. Their success will be our community's success.”

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For further information, please contact:

Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist
613-737-7600 x3536  

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