State-of-the-art Special Care Nursery unveiled at The Ottawa Hospital

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NOVEMBER 30, OTTAWA, ON – A new era in care for our tiniest patients began today, with the official opening of The Ottawa Hospital’s Special Care Nursery at the Civic Campus. Each year, The Ottawa Hospital provides more than 1,300 babies with expert care. Babies cared for in the Special Care Nursery are born at 32 – 37 weeks gestation and are term infants with health problems. These babies don’t need the care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit but are not well enough to go home.

Recognizing the need to provide improved patient care, the newly renovated Special Care Nursery will give these babies the specialized care they need.

Dr. Perdeep Merchant, Site Chief, Division of Neonatology, The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus, explains why this is such a priority for the hospital. “At The Ottawa Hospital, we only expect the best care for our patients. Previously, the old Special Care Nursery NICU space at the Civic Campus was old and cramped.  We had to act to provide these tiny patients with an environment where they could thrive in the privacy of single rooms for appropriate intensive care, and reduce the risk of infection. This continues to be our priority as we look to improve and remodel the NICU at the General Campus.”

It’s this nursery, which The Ottawa Hospital hopes to mirror at the General Campus with the renovation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 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’s the community and our residents who understand the vital need for this renovation. I know it’s that support which will ensure we are able to achieve our dream of an improved Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, much like The Ottawa Hospital has done with this Special Care Nursery,” said Tim Kluke, President of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Special guests and media had a chance to tour the newly renovated Special Care Nursery.

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