Annual Report 2018-2019

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Philanthropy for the Next Generation


Not long after the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre opened, six 11-year-old children arrived with a sandwich bag of money they wanted to donate to breast cancer research.

These young fundraisers had been inspired to make a difference by a neighbourhood mom’s journey with breast cancer. What they didn’t realize is that they would be making a difference for their grown-up selves. At some point in their future, these generous young people will most likely need the care of The Ottawa Hospital. This is a hospital for future generations. The idea of paying it forward is what inspired the Downey and Jones families to make generous gifts to kidney research—to improve care for their grandchildren. As well, Annie Grenon’s gift in her Will to the hospital will pave the way for the exceptional care her granddaughter might need when she becomes an adult.

Tim Kluke, President & CEO, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation
Tim Kluke
Jim Harmon, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors
Jim Harmon

Exceptional care is something The Ottawa Hospital provides to all patients in our region. But our reach also extends beyond, to people like Joellie Qaunaq (on our cover), who come to the cancer centre because The Ottawa Hospital is the sole provider of care to patients from eastern Nunavut.

Your generous support helps us open new centres of health-care excellence, boosts research, and leads to innovative treatments developed right here in Ottawa that will heal patients in our region, and elsewhere in Canada and around the world.


The Ottawa Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Tim Kluke

I have seen incredible change in health care in the 17 years that I’ve been CEO—improvements in treatment that have undoubtedly saved more lives. With your help, we have invested in innovative research, making world-first discoveries in our labs, testing them in clinical trials and, in many cases, changing medical practice around the world.

It is donors like you whose unwavering support has allowed us to provide the very best technology and treatment—the very best care—to patients who come from across eastern Ontario, western Quebec, Nunavut, and in some cases from coast to coast because we are the only hospital who can provide them with the care they so desperately need.

On behalf of the thousands of patients and families who need The Ottawa Hospital—now and in the future—I thank you.

The Ottawa Hospital CEO Jack Kitts

Community support allows us to conduct world-class research at The Ottawa Hospital and provide the best possible care for our patients.

We’re also performing a number of worldleading clinical trials and treatments using stem cells, genes, and viruses. These innovative therapies have the potential to redesign the future of medicine.

Our success is also evident in our research publications and grants. In the last three years, we’ve had a 50 percent increase in highly influential research papers. And we now rank third out of more than 600 hospitals for funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

You have made this possible. Thank you!


Dr. Duncan Stewart, CEO & Scientific Director, OHRI

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Click on the following images to learn more about the stories that inspired our Annual Report. The full Annual Report can be found here (PDF).


Read The Ottawa Hospital Annual Report 2018-2019 here.

Because of You

Dr. Jack Kitts shares his vision for The Ottawa Hospital

Everyday Is a Gift

Jillian O'Connor with her children

Buying Time

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Eradicating Cancer with Immunotherapy

Ian McDonell, his three daughters and wife on the beach


Genetics Influence Trial Results

Dr. Derek Jonker

Ottawa – The Place to Be for Stem Cell Research

Dr. Daniel Coutu sits at a microscope


Giving More Than a Kidney

Gail and Phil Downey


Medical-First Using 3D Virtual Reality

Screen showing 3D brain and Dr. Adam Sachs with 3D glasses

After 18 years with MS—“I feel like I’m cured.”

Heather Harris preparing herself prior to her transplant operation.

Platinum Seeds

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Creating a Legacy from Heartbreak

Annie Grenon and her husband, Hernan Matute, legacy gift.

Starting the Day with Hope

Dr. Jack Kitts shares his vision for The Ottawa Hospital

2018-2019 Events Summary

Dr. Natasha Kekre; Dr. Arleigh McCurdy; The Ottawa Hospital; The Ottawa Hospital Foundation; Dancing With the Docs

Independent Auditors on the Summary Financial Statements

Summary of Annual Report Financial Statements

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None of this would be possible without the generosity of donors like you. We need your help to continue telling stories like these.

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