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Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) (French: Centre hospitalier pour enfants de l'est de l'Ontario) is a major children's hospital and university teaching hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, serving both Eastern Ontario and western Quebec. CHEO is also a tertiary trauma centre for children in Eastern Ontario and one of only five Level one trauma centres for children in Canada (others being The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, and BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.) It is affiliated with The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, and is funded by the provincial Government of Ontario.[1] CHEO first opened its doors on May 17, 1974, and is located at 401 Smyth Road.

Children's Hospital of
Eastern Ontario
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is located in Ottawa
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Location in Ottawa
Location401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1H 8L1
Coordinates45°24′04″N 75°39′05″W / 45.40111°N 75.65139°W / 45.40111; -75.65139Coordinates: 45°24′04″N 75°39′05″W / 45.40111°N 75.65139°W / 45.40111; -75.65139
Care systemMedicare
FundingPublic hospital
Hospital typePediatric, Teaching, Specialist, Research
Affiliated universityUniversity of Ottawa
Emergency departmentLevel I Trauma Center
HelipadTC LID: CPK7



CHEO is funded by the provincial government of Ontario as well as by a variety of public donations. One of the hospital's major sources of funding comes from the CHEO Foundation.

CHEO FoundationEdit

The Foundation was first formed in the 1960s when the community began raise over $4 million for the creation of a children's hospital. Later it officially became the CHEO Foundation, whose purpose is solely to raise funds to help support the work of the hospital. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state of the art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance to families in crisis.

Each year, the Foundation holds the CTV Telethon for CHEO, which is broadcast on CJOH-DT and part of the North America-wide Children's Miracle Network. All funds raised locally benefit CHEO. In 2010, the Telethon raised a record $6.2 million for the hospital.[2]

Other events and lotteries such as CN Cycle, the Dream of a Lifetime Lottery, and the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO lottery bring important support for CHEO. Community organizers support the hospital through more than 150 events per year, ranging from corporate and private dances, barbecues, and sports tournaments. Significant funding is also raised through annual giving and bequests.[3]

Hospital characteristics (2009-2010)Edit

  • Services:[4]
    • 6,692 admissions to CHEO
    • 72,428 emergency department visits
    • 7,783 visits to Surgical Day Care
    • 161,371 ambulatory visits
    • 10,467 visits to Medical Day Unit (i.e. oncology, dialysis, hematology, etc.)
  • Facility: (2008–2009)[4]
    • 167 inpatient beds
    • 20 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    • 10 Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
    • 112 Pediatrics, Oncology, Adolescent Medicine and Surgery
    • 25 Psychiatry
    • 73 outpatient specialty clinics
  • Research Institute[4]
    • 73,800 sq feet of research space
    • 305 staff and trainees
    • 223 scientists and clinical investigators
    • 501 active research grants
    • 375 active studies recruiting patients
    • 391 publications
    • $31.2 M in revenues (2014)
  • Personnel:[4]
    • 1,788 administrative, service and allied health staff
    • 672 nursing staff
    • 256 physicians
    • 500 volunteers


Front entrance

CHEO was formed in 1974 due to the efforts of the community requesting a bilingual healthcare centre for children and the approval by the provincial government. The timeline indicates the year major areas of the hospital were established.[5]

1974 - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is opened to patients.
1975 - Pediatric Neurosurgery Program
1977 - Dental Clinic
1980 - Burn Treatment Centre
1981 - Sports Injury Clinic, Pulmonary Function Lab, Poison Information Centre
1983 - CTV Telethon is formed
1984 - Research Institute
1985 - Community volunteers build a Child Activity Centre
1988 - The first two bone marrow transplants in Canada using unrelated HLA compatible donors are performed at CHEO.
1989 - Neonatal Transport Team
1991 - Cardiovascular Surgery Program
1992 - Heliport is built
1996 - Youthnet/Réseau Ado, a mental health promotion program for youth
2001 - First phase of redevelopment project begins, the Telehealth program is formed
2004 - Apoptosis Research Centre
2005 - New state-of-the-art cauterization laboratory
2006 - Lets Keep Kids Out Of The Hospital campaign, surgery virtual tour is created, Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK) is introduced, Ontario's Newborn Screening Program begins, and Roger's House, a hospice for palliative pediatric care is opened
2007 - First Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) in Ontario, eating disorders program is introduced
2008 - Parental Presence at Induction (PPI) is introduced, allowing parents to be with their children before and after surgery
2009 - Max Keeping Wing is opened, houses the emergency department, the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and the medical day unit for children and youth afflicted with serious illnesses requiring outpatient treatments.
2009 - CHEO opens their off-site Centre for Healthy Active Living, with clinics focused on Obesity and Type II Diabetes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ CHEO: History
  2. ^ CTV's CHEO telethon raises $6.2 million Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ CHEO Foundation: About Us Archived October 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d CHEO Website: Facts and Figures
  5. ^ "CHEO: Significant Milestones". Archived from the original on 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2011-02-16.

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