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February 16, 2017: Provincial Report; A 21st Century Hospital For Our Community.

February 16, 2017: Provincial Report;
A 21st Century Hospital For Our Community.

By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre.

Anyone who has recently visited The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus would surely speak highly of the doctors, nurses, staff, and the care they received there. In Ottawa we have some of the most qualified and well-trained medical practitioners serving all our families, seniors and children.  To further enhance the work our medical professionals do we have to ensure that they have the most recent state-of-the-art facility and equipment.  That is why building a new, revitalized Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital is essential for our city and our future health care.

The new Civic Campus has always been about our community.  It has stood at its current location for 100 years and the new site will be receiving patients for yet 100 more. This is a key institution in our city, and I know that we all want what is best for our community’s long-term health.

Together, with The Ottawa Hospital, I have been consulting residents on how they see their future health care services.  It has always been made clear to me that the new hospital has to be in the central core of the city, accessible to emergency vehicles via Queensway and through public transit.  Our community wants and deserves access to a world-class, 21st century health and wellness facility close to home – serving a growing and aging community.

All three levels of government have been working together to find the most suitable location for the new Civic Campus.  I am glad that The Ottawa Hospital’s community board and staff have endorsed Sir John Carling site as the best possible location.  It is situated centrally with appropriate accessibility to emergency vehicles.  Further, it is on the LRT‘s Trillium Line, linking the new campus to Confederation Line and communities in the south end of the city.  It is also important to note that this site satisfies the local interest groups, community associations and residents of the area.

Now is the time that we move forward in the planning process to develop a new Civic Campus.  I am excited that past December, the Ontario government announced a $3 million Capital Planning Grant for the early stages of this planning process.  This process will give us clarity on what services will be provided at the new Civic Campus, the functional design of the hospital, and integration of services amongst health care facilities across our region.  I am also assured that this process will entail extensive community consultations.

When it comes to health care delivery, we have a lot to be proud of.  Over the last 10 years there has been a crane at every hospital in Ottawa – Montfort Hospital has doubled in size, the Queensway Carleton Hospital has expanded significantly, there is a state-of-the-art regional cancer centre at the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital, a new wing at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and the Ottawa Heart Institute is currently going through a $200 million expansion.  All these investments by Ontario government are contributing to quality health care in our vibrant and growing city.  In order to continue with this momentum, I am committed to ensuring that a new Civic Campus is built to serve our community in the central core and communities across the city and the region.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the future Civic Campus, or want to know what the next steps are, please do not hesitate to contact my Community Office at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414 .  I know that we are all committed to bringing the best and most cutting-edge health care to our community.  In the end, this hospital will serve all of our greater well-being.

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Photo Caption: MPP Yasir Naqvi and his fellow Ottawa Caucus members announcing a $3 million planning grant for The Ottawa Hospital to begin preliminary planning for the proposed future Civic Campus site.

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