About Us

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is a health care centre dedicated to providing comprehensive care to children and young people in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Founded in 1974, CHEO offers a range of medical services for patients from birth through 18 years of age.

The hospital receives 6,000 inpatient admissions each year, and its outpatient programs handle more than 240,000 patient visits annually. The Emergency Department handles on average 200 visits per day.

Approximately 775 medical staff, approximately 600 nursing staff, more than 1,200 full/part time employees and 500 volunteers work at CHEO.

CHEO is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. Through the work of its Research Institute, CHEO maintains a growing reputation for major research into diseases and health problems afflicting children. These include muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, pain, cystic fibrosis, mental health, pediatric cancer, and new drug therapies.

Some of the Hospital’s most widely recognized programs and facilities include:

  • Pediatric cardiovascular treatment program, with facilities for the diagnosis and correction of complex cardiac malformations, including open and closed heart surgery
  • Pediatric trauma treatment program for Ontario and Quebec patients
  • Eating disorder treatment program including an inpatient and outpatient service, day treatment program and parent support group
  • Surgical repair of cleft lips and palates, which makes use of new and innovative products and techniques early on in the treatment of newborns
  • 41 ambulatory clinics, 5 diagnostic service clinics, diagnostic imaging and lab services, 12 allied health clinics and 11 clinics serviced by the mental health program.
  • Communication disorders program involving speech language therapy and audiology.
  • Preschool autism program, where CHEO is the lead partner in a community-based program to provide services to preschoolers with autism and their families
  • An infectious diseases program for inpatient and outpatient care including immunological deficiency (including HIV) and tuberculosis
  • Children and youth protection service, a program that provides a coordinated approach for the appropriate identification, evaluation, reporting and follow-up of suspected child abuse
  • Psychiatric emergency services which provides psychiatric emergency and crisis intervention services
  • A genetics program which offers clinical, biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular genetic diagnostic services to eastern Ontario and western Quebec, as well as clinical outreach for genetics programs in Northern Ontario
  • Youth Net/Réseau Ado, a bilingual, regional mental health promotion and early intervention program run by youth for youth
  • An injury prevention program to advocate for safe environments and to prevent and reduce child and youth injuries

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