Scotiabank’s Supportive Care Program Unveiled at The Ottawa Hospital

November 15, OTTAWA, ON - Today, in advance of World Prematurity Day on November 17, Scotiabank announced a $500,000 donation in support of The Ottawa Hospital’s new “Scotiabank Supportive Care Program” for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The Ottawa Hospital plays a significant role in caring for our community’s most vulnerable patients – extremely premature babies. In fact, more than 1,300 babies every year need the expert care provided by The Ottawa Hospital.

The Scotiabank Supportive Care Program will help improve the critical care for these premature babies, who are sometimes born as early as three months prior to their due date. This new program will allow our NICU to increase parental involvement in the care of their babies. It will give more privacy to parents and caregivers spending time alone with their child and will be rolled out once the construction is complete.

“It’s community and corporate support like Scotiabank’s, which is helping us to achieve our dream of an improved Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This will give preemies a much better chance at surviving, thriving and growing up,” said Tim Kluke, President of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

The first phase of enhancing care will be to expand and equip the NICU at the General Campus.
Currently, the unit has multiple beds per room. Space is cramped and this increases the risk of infection. However, with the expansion, we will see more single patient rooms to deliver care to pre-term babies along with the necessary equipment, for staff and parents. These new rooms will also provide a quiet environment, which is essential for development. Parents and caregivers will then get to enjoy the benefits of the Scotiabank Supportive Care Program.

“Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential,” said Carole Chapdelaine, Senior Vice President Quebec/Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank. “We are proud to make this $500,000 donation to help give The Ottawa Hospital’s tiniest patients every opportunity to have a strong future.”

The current campaign goal to renovate the NICU is to raise five million dollars. To date, close to four million dollars has been raised, thanks to generous support from the community to expand the NICU and purchase state-of-the-art technology that will give prematurely born babies the best chance at a strong life.

“It is so important to have access to the very best care for our newborns – especially when they’re premature,” said Kelly Schwedfedger a hospital staff member and mother of a premature baby born at The Ottawa Hospital. “When Gabrielle was born, it was a difficult and frightening time for our entire family because she needed specialized care. We’ll always be grateful to The Ottawa Hospital, the NICU staff, and those who support patient care.”

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital, visit

Media contact: Shelley McLean, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation;; 613-324-4466