Where your money goes

The Ottawa Hospital has three main priorities it is focusing on to improve patient care – cancer care, innovation/ technology, and research. Ultimately, improving how we deliver health care to best suit the needs of our patients is what we believe builds a world-class hospital.


Cancer is something everyone is touched by. The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre plays an important role in the lives of people in the Ottawa region. The Cancer Centre is the second largest outpatient cancer centre in Ontario and cares for more than 24,000 patients.

Thanks to strong community support, we have been able to purchase such critical equipment as the da Vinci Surgical System – our state-of-the-art robotic equipment used for prostate, head and neck, and gynecological cancers. Patients treated with the da Vinci robot have experienced less pain and less blood loss, and have shorter hospital stays. Since it was first used in October 2011, we have performed over 700 successful surgeries.

The community also raised $3 million in 2010 to bring the CyberKnife to Ottawa, and this year raised $205,146 for Phase II. The CyberKnife delivers high doses of radiation to inoperable parts of the body that a surgeon’s scalpel cannot reach. Since the first CyberKnife treatment nearly four years ago, it has been used on 1,400 patients, with a total of 3,075 treatments.

Without this outstanding support we would not be able to provide cancer patients with this leading edge treatment.


Innovation in medical technology and procedures is improving how we deliver health care. Providing better tools to help our physicians and treat our patients is the reason behind developing a new Patient Safety Program at our University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre to educate health care providers on improved methods to address safety concerns. The SIM Centre is the facility where doctors can train and practice the latest technology and procedures on human simulators (high tech mannequins), so that they can hone their skills before they operate on a person.


Research at The Ottawa Hospital focuses on cancer, regenerative or molecular medicine, infectious disease, and practice-changing research. Our researchers at the Centre for Innovative Cancer Research, the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research, the Sinclair Centre for Regenerative Medicine, and the Centre for Practice-Changing Research are committed to bringing research from the laboratory bench to the bedside in order to develop better treatments and to improve patient care not only in Ottawa, but around the world.

The Ottawa Hospital research team is making strides in research and innovations in patient care. Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute are known around the world for discovering novel kinds of stem cells and deciphering how they work, but they are also increasingly known for translating their research into new personalized therapies for patients.

The promise of stem cell treatment, or regenerative medicine, is that it offers the potential to repair the heart after a heart attack, restore vision to the blind, reconnect a broken spinal cord, regenerate brain tissue after a stroke, repair damaged insulin-producing tissue in people with diabetes, and heal tissues damaged by severe infectious diseases.

You can designate your gift to any of the priority projects above, a particular area of research, or allow The Ottawa Hospital Foundation to direct the money to where the Hospital needs it most. Consistent with Board Policy, a small contribution from all designated donations goes to support activities at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation as well as emerging needs at the Hospital and Research Institute.

We thank you for supporting critical care. This is your Hospital.


For more information

Please contact us at 613-761-4295.