FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012
Opening of new west-end Dialysis Program
completes multi-year expansion project
at Queensway Carleton Hospital
OTTAWA – Staff of the Queensway Carleton Hospital happily celebrated the official
opening of the James Beach Health Care Centre, the new four-storey tower on the
western edge of the hospital’s campus – the culmination of almost 15 years of steady
expansion and renovations at the 36-year-old west Ottawa facility.
The $126-milion phase 3 expansion created more than 140,000 square feet of
additional space which houses ambulatory care clinics, rehabilitation, 10 new
operating rooms and additional support services.
“This Hospital has undergone major growth in the past 10-15 years - growth that has
been supported by provincial governments, growth that has been much-needed by our
community,” said Tom Schonberg, QCH President & CEO. “We broke ground for this
new building in October 2010 and here we are almost two years later seeing the
brand-new footprint of our Hospital. It is a culmination of much hard work, planning
and dedication from countless individuals, supporters and donors that have helped us
reach this great milestone.”
Staff of The Ottawa Hospital were also on hand to celebrate the opening of a new
Hemodialysis satellite unit located at QCH that will extend The Ottawa Hospital
Nephrology Program to patients in the west end. The 15-station unit will be open 12
hours per day, six days per week, allowing 48 existing dialysis patients per week to
receive their care closer to home.
“The Ottawa Hospital Nephrology Program provides care and treatment for patients in
the region. In our efforts to treat patients closer to home, we have extended our
services to a new TOH dialysis unit located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital,”
says Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. “We’re proud to say
that this partnership with QCH will help us provide better access to the care our
“I’m extremely proud to see the James Beach Health Centre project completed.
Getting the right care in the right place is a goal of our Action Plan for Health Care –
and now Ottawa residents will get better access to quality services like rehabilitation,
expanded dialysis care and minor surgery, closer to home,” said Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews.
The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, shared
his enthusiasm for this positive step towards creating better access to health care for
patients in this region.
"Fifteen new dialysis bays at our community hospital will mean that many west-end
patients no longer have to travel across the city for treatment," said MPP Bob
Chiarelli. "This is in addition to the ten new operating rooms and new ambulatory care
centre that have opened at QCH this summer. It's clear that together, we're making a
real difference for our community by expanding services and reducing wait times."
“This addition to The Ottawa Hospital’s Nephrology Program delivers on a critical
strategic priority in Ontario’s three-year renal plan, which is to provide access and
quality care to patients at home or as close to home as possible. By adding dialysis
capacity at the new James Beach Health Care Centre, together we are responding to
patients needs in west Ottawa,” says Judy Burns, Vice-President (A), Ontario Renal
The James Beach Health Care Centre brings together ambulatory services for almost
40,000 outpatient visits annually including physiotherapy, occupational therapy,
clinical and medical day treatments, dialysis, examinations and minor procedures.
The new building is named in honour of local businessman James Gary Beach, whose
family has long ties to Ottawa’s west end. Mr. Beach’s generous $5 million gift to the
QCH Foundation’s Care Grows West Campaign is a tremendous gift to the community
and to the Hospital.
“I’ve watched this building literally grow from an empty lot to this beautiful, modern
structure that will serve thousands of patients each year,” said Mr. Beach. “I am so
proud to have our family name attached to something that will make a difference in the
lives of friends and neighbours in our community, now and for years to come. That is a
legacy our family can be very proud of. Today the dream becomes a reality.”
“This is quite a day for QCH, our Foundation and our community,” says Ron
Prehogan, Foundation Board Chair. “I have been privileged to tour the James Beach
Health Care Centre during the construction period, and I marvel at the finished
product. This official opening is a QCH Foundation highlight and we are exceedingly
grateful to Mr. Gary Beach, his family, and the many donors who supported Care
Grows West to make this day possible”
“I am very honoured to be able represent the Board of Directors, the community, and
our team of dedicated professionals who provide care and service to this community.
Bricks and mortar are needed to help us become a facility that can meet the
increasing demands of healthcare – but it is the people who provide care in this facility
that make it an outstanding hospital,” says Gerry Barker, QCH Board Chair.
Another 70,000 square feet of renovations in the existing facility is currently underway
to complete this final phase of the project and includes:
a new Cardiopulmonary Unit which is triple in size of the old unit (completed
addition of a second MRI (opened summer 2012) and second CT Scanner
expansion and renovations to the Diagnostic Imaging Department
renewal of Laboratory, pharmacy, administrative and support services.
The James Beach Health Care Centre houses the following services:
The Ottawa Hospital Nephrology Program – The Ottawa Hospital in partnership
with the Ontario Renal Network has opened a new Hemodialysis satellite unit at
Queensway Carleton Hospital. The satellite unit is part of TOH’s Regional Nephrology
Program and addresses the needs of dialysis patients in Ottawa west.
The Garrett Family Surgical Centre - 10 new state-of-the-art operating rooms will
provide an enhanced and expanded work environment for staff and physicians and
allow the Hospital’s surgical program to expand and evolve to ensure QCH is
providing leading edge surgical services. Growth also included increased Endoscopy
capacity from two to three suites. A new Central Sterilization and Reprocessing (CSR)
Department offers support to this new operating environment ensuring patient safety is
Sreedhar Natarajan Ambulatory Care Centre – will serve patients who need to
undergo minor surgical procedures, therapy, specialized clinics and much more. The
new facilities are 14,000 square feet, almost double the space the service was
previously located in. The Centre also includes a special telehealth consultation room,
allowing healthcare professionals to be seen by a specialist without having to travel
great distances into Ottawa. The Medical Day Clinic allows patients who traditionally
would have required hospitalization or extended time in the Emergency Department,
to conveniently access the care they need as an outpatient. The Centre is also home
to the Total Joint Assessment Clinic, a regional program developed at QCH.
Joseph & Rita Clarke Rehabilitation Centre – joins Physiotherapy, Occupational
Therapy and Speech Language Pathology programs into one setting. The improved
space for the new program will allow almost 20,000 patients to be treated each year.
The program’s services includes hydrotherapy, fully equipped kitchens and
washrooms to demonstrate and practice typical daily self care routines, two large
gyms, pre-operative education classes, post-operative exercise classes and an
outpatient treatment room for Speech Language Pathology clients.
About Queensway Carleton Hospital
QCH is a patient and family-centred hospital providing a broad range of acute care
services to the people of Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley. Employing over 1,800 health
care professionals, the 264-bed Queensway Carleton Hospital is the secondary
referral centre for the Ottawa Valley. Hospital staff focus on maintaining and
enhancing their cornerstone programs – Emergency, Childbirth, Geriatrics, Mental
Health, Medical and Surgical Services and Rehabilitation. Grounded on an
environment of lifelong learning, the Queensway Carleton Hospital is a teaching
partner with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and other healthcare
programs and is committed to delivering a new standard of care for our community.
About The Ottawa Hospital
One of Canada’s largest teaching and research hospitals, The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)
is a bilingual multi-campus, health sciences centre, serving the 1.2 million residents of
Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. With 1,200 beds and an annual budget close to $1
Billion, TOH provides care for more patients than any other hospital in Canada. To
meet the high demand for its services, it relies on a dedicated and compassionate
team of 12,000 employees, 1,200 physicians and more than 1,700 volunteers.
The Ottawa Hospital is renowned for its leadership in patient care, research, education
and for its investment in state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Working together
with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the University of Ottawa, and other
partners, TOH is gaining national and international recognition for high quality patient
care, teaching and research.
About The Ontario Renal Network (ORN) - The Ontario Renal Network (ORN), part
of Cancer Care Ontario, provides overall leadership and strategic direction to
effectively organize and manage the delivery of renal services in Ontario in a
consistent and coordinated manner. Priorities include establishing consistent
standards and guidelines for renal care, planning for service delivery, and putting in
place information systems to measure performance.
For more information contact:
Judy Brown David Salter
Director Communications Office of Bob Chiarelli, MPP Ottawa West-Nepean
Queensway Carleton Hospital 647-222-5162
721-2000 ext. 5601 firstname.lastname@example.org