McGuinty Government Supports Expansion At CHEO



    New Hospital Wing Means Better, Faster Care For Kids

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - More children will get faster access to the
high-quality care they deserve thanks to the expansion of the Children's
Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "The toughest thing to face, for any family, is when a child is sick,"
said Premier McGuinty. "By helping CHEO expand, we can make sure more kids get
the best quality health care when and where they need it - and that's a result
that really matters to families in the Ottawa area."
    Premier McGuinty joined hospital staff, community members and local
officials for the official groundbreaking of CHEO's new Garry Cardiff Wing,
named in honour of the hospital's former CEO.
    The state-of-the-art facility will house key services, including an
expanded emergency department, a new medical day unit for cancer and dialysis
treatment and new neonatal and paediatric intensive care units for critically
ill babies and children.
    The McGuinty government has committed $63 million towards various
projects at the hospital, including the Garry Cardiff Wing, the Max Keeping
Wing and major renovations to the rehabilitation and mental health in-patient
units.
    "This new hospital wing will strengthen CHEO's position as a world-class
medical institution," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George
Smitherman. "Our government will continue working with our health care
partners at CHEO, and across the province, to keep Ontarians healthy, reduce
wait times and provide better access to doctors and nurses."
    Supporting this expansion is just the latest chapter in the government's
growing partnership with CHEO. Under Premier McGuinty's leadership, it has
also acted to:

    
    -  Save the hospital's cardiac care unit, ensuring children have access
       to the care they need, close to home
    -  Invest in Roger's House, Eastern Canada's only palliative care centre
       for children
    -  Fund a new and more efficient MRI replacement machine, meaning an
       additional 832 hours of MRI scans
    -  Fund 12 additional full-time nurses
    -  Commit $995,000 to the Children's Treatment Centre to improve access
       and services.

    "For the last four years, we've been working together to strengthen health
care and get results for children and families in Ottawa and across this
province," said Premier McGuinty. "When I look at how far we've come, I know
there's no limit to what we can achieve when we work and dream and build,
together."

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