One of the wonderful stories to come out of CHEO and the Foundation in 2016 is the amalgamation of CHEO and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC). With a motto of “Stronger Together,” this amalgamation will provide families easier access to more integrated and coordinated services. The goal is to provide services under one umbrella that will mean a single ‘system of care’ that will focus on the unique needs of the children and youth who use both CHEO and OCTC.
The CHEO Foundation was proud to be part of an exciting announcement on December 5, 2016 that would mean more positive changes for those who rely on OCTC and its programs. On that day, construction was officially launched on an expansion of the OCTC building expected to be complete by summer 2017.
CHEO Foundation President and CEO Kevin Keohane announced $2.1 million in funding for the project to complement a $600,000 commitment from the Ontario government. “With CHEO and OCTC sharing so many families, this amalgamation makes perfect sense. It is an honour for us at the Foundation, thanks to the generosity of our donors, to do what we can to help make this expansion a reality. This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure the children and youth who use OCTC to have the best environment in which to work, plan and learn so they can reach their full potential.”
The expansion replaces two portables that have become inhabitable. It will house a Francophone preschool, six new clinical treatment and observation rooms, a toy lending library, and an adaptive equipment workshop. There will also be staff workstations and meeting space to alleviate some overcrowding at CHEO -OCTC.
Hon. Michael Couteau, Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services (CYS) was also on hand for the celebration. “We are committed to making sure those children and youth with disabilities have access to safe, quality accommodation for their programs,” said Minister Coteau.
“This expansion will be a place for our teams to work side by side to help advance our vision of one door, one story, one care plan and one team for every child,” said Alex Munter, President and CEO of CHEO – OCTC.