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5/12/2016
CHEO – OCTC breaking new ground with shared expansion

Province invests to better serve children and youth

Today the Hon. Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services (CYS), officially launched construction of a shared expansion that will serve families of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO – OCTC) by summer 2017.

The expansion, which will house a preschool and new treatment rooms, is being funded by a $600,000 contribution from the Government of Ontario and $2.1 million from the CHEO Foundation. This construction project is a concrete representation of this year’s amalgamation of CHEO and OCTC into one organization.

Minister Coteau marked the construction alongside some kindergarten children and their families who receive services and care from CHEO – OCTC.

“We are committed to making sure that children and youth with disabilities have access to safe, quality accommodation for their programs,” said Minister Coteau. “Better integrated care means that children can grow up to reach their full potential.”

“This expansion will be a place for our teams to work side by side to help advance our vision of one door, one story, one care plan and one team for every child,” said Alex Munter, President and CEO of CHEO – OCTC.

The expansion will house clinical treatment and observation rooms, a toy lending library, Francophone preschool, an adaptive equipment workshop and staff workstations.

“Services like our French preschool program are a lifeline to families whose very young children have complex needs,” said Munter. “This space gives them the room they need at a time that is so important for their learning and development.”

Previously, CHEO – OCTC’s French preschool program was sharing the same space as the English preschool program. The expansion replaces two portables that were no longer habitable.

Finally, the expansion will provide much needed office and meeting space, alleviating some of the overcrowding at CHEO – OCTC.

CHEO – OCTC is working toward full integration over the next 18 months. The two previously separate organizations have worked closely together for decades to provide collaborative, family-centred care for children and youth in Eastern Ontario. Combining forces will help improve quality of care and make the system easier for families to navigate.

About CHEO – OCTC

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO –OCTC) is the leading provider of specialized pediatric health services in Canada's capital. The two previously separate organizations recently joined forces to become one organization, stronger together for kids and families.

CHEO’s programs help over 500,000 children and youth each year in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario. As a world-class research centre and teaching hospital, for over 40 years CHEO has changed young lives in our community, while our innovations change young lives around the world.

For more than 65 years, OCTC has been providing specialized care for children and youth with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, complex needs associated with congenital conditions, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders and brain injury. OCTC's vision is to create opportunities today, while maximizing independence tomorrow.

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For more information, please contact:

Paddy Moore
Communications Specialist, CHEO - OCTC
o. 613-737-7600 ext. 3514 | c.: 613-899-6534
pmoore@cheo.on.ca

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