Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

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Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is located in Ottawa
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Location in Ottawa
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 45°24′04″N 75°39′05″W / 45.40111°N 75.65139°W / 45.40111; -75.65139Coordinates: 45°24′04″N 75°39′05″W / 45.40111°N 75.65139°W / 45.40111; -75.65139
Care system Public
Hospital type Pediatric, Teaching, Specialist, Research
Affiliated university University of Ottawa
Emergency department Yes
Helipad TC LID: CPK7
Beds 167
Founded 1974
Lists Hospitals in Canada

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) (French: Centre hospitalier pour enfants de l'est de l'Ontario) is a major children's hospital and university teaching hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, serving Eastern Ontario and western Quebec. CHEO is also a trauma centre for children in Eastern Ontario and one of five in Canada (others being Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver and IWK Health Centre in Halifax). It is affiliated with The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, and is funded by the provincial Government of Ontario.[1] The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario first opened its doors on May 17, 1974, and is located at 401 Smyth Road.


CHEO is funded by the provincial government of Ontario as well as by a variety of public donations. One of the hospital's major sources of funding comes from the CHEO Foundation.

CHEO Foundation[edit]

The Foundation was first formed in the 1960s when the community began raise over $4 million for the creation of a children's hospital. Later it officially became the CHEO Foundation, whose purpose is solely to raise funds to help support the work of the hospital. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state of the art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance to families in crisis.

Each year, the Foundation holds the CTV Telethon for CHEO, which is broadcast on CJOH-DT and part of the North America-wide Children's Miracle Network. All funds raised locally benefit CHEO. In 2010, the Telethon raised a record $6.2 million for the hospital.[2]

Other events and lotteries such as CN Cycle, the Dream of a Lifetime Lottery, and the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO lottery bring important support for CHEO. Community organizers support the hospital through more than 150 events per year, ranging from corporate and private dances, barbecues, and sports tournaments. Significant funding is also raised through annual giving and bequests.[3]

Hospital characteristics (2009-2010)[edit]

  • Services:[4]
    • 6,368 admissions to CHEO
    • 57,629 emergency department visits
    • 9,421 visits to Surgical Day Care
    • 87,911 visits to specialized clinics (i.e. cardiology, neurology, diabetes, etc.)
    • 30,592 visits to allied health services (i.e. genetics, psychology, audiology, etc.)
    • 3,592 visits to Medical Day Unit (i.e. oncology, dialysis, hematology, etc.)
    • 6,517 visits to mental health services
    • 115,497 diagnostic tests (MRIs, scans, X-rays)
    • 742,212 laboratory tests
  • Facility: (2008–2009)[4]
  • Personnel:[4]
    • 1,570 administrative, service and allied health staff
    • 1,857 medical trainee rotations
    • 118,824 Student nursing placements
    • 655 nursing staff
    • 172 physicians
    • 448 volunteers


Front entrance

CHEO was formed in 1974 due to the efforts of the community requesting a bilingual healthcare centre for children and the approval by the provincial government. The timeline indicates the year major areas of the hospital were established.[5]

1974 - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is opened to patients.
1977 - Dental Clinic
1980 - Burn Treatment Centre
1981 - Sports Injury Clinic, Pulmonary Function Lab, Poison Information Centre
1983 - CTV Telethon is formed
1984 - Research Institute
1985 - Community volunteers build a Child Activity Centre
1988 - The first two bone marrow transplants in Canada using unrelated HLA compatible donors are performed at CHEO.
1989 - Neonatal Transport Team
1991 - Cardiovascular Surgery Program
1992 - Heliport is built
1996 - Youthnet/Réseau Ado, a mental health promotion program for youth
2001 - First phase of redevelopment project begins, the Telehealth program is formed
2004 - Apoptosis Research Centre
2005 - New state-of-the-art cauterization laboratory
2006 - Lets Keep Kids Out Of The Hospital campaign, surgery virtual tour is created, Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK) is introduced, Ontario's Newborn Screening Program begins, and Roger's House, a hospice for palliative pediatric care is opened
2007 - First Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) in Ontario, eating disorders program is introduced
2008 - Parental Presence at Induction (PPI) is introduced, allowing parents to be with their children before and after surgery
2009 - Max Keeping Wing is opened, houses the emergency department, the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and the medical day unit for children and youth afflicted with serious illnesses requiring outpatient treatments.
2009 - CHEO opens their off-site Centre for Healthy Active Living, with clinics focused on Obesity and Type II Diabetes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CHEO: History
  2. ^ CTV's CHEO telethon raises $6.2 million
  3. ^ CHEO Foundation: About Us
  4. ^ a b c CHEO Website: Facts and Figures
  5. ^ CHEO: Significant Milestones

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