The Ottawa Hospital

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The Ottawa Hospital
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General Campus
The Ottawa Hospital is located in Ottawa
The Ottawa Hospital
Location in Ottawa
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Ottawa
Emergency department Yes
Helipad TC LID: CPP7
Beds 1,117
Founded 1998
Lists Hospitals in Canada

The Ottawa Hospital (French: L'Hôpital d'Ottawa) is a non-profit, public university teaching hospital in Ottawa, Canada. The hospital is made up of the former Grace Hospital, Riverside Hospital, Ottawa General Hospital and Ottawa Civic Hospital. It is a 1,117-bed academic health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Ottawa, and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is located at the hospital's Civic Campus. The Ottawa Hospital is also one of two trauma centres in Eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. The other is Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario accommodating juvenile and adolescent patients.


The Ottawa Civic Hospital was built in the 1920s to replace three aging hospitals: the Carleton County Protestant General Hospital on Rideau Street (now Wallis House), which dated from the 1870s, as well as Ottawa Maternity and St. Luke’s hospitals.[1] In 1921, the construction of the Civic hospital was estimated to cost $1,500,000.[2]

The hospital was championed largely by Harold Fisher following the 1918 flu pandemic. While the facility is today located in an urban location, Fisher faced ridicule at the time for advocating for a location in the then-countryside and the project was branded by some as "Fisher's Folly[1]". It opened on December 17, 1924 with 550 beds.[1]

During World War II, when Canada provided refuge to the Dutch royal family, then-Princess Juliana gave birth to her daughter Princess Margriet in Ottawa at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.[3] The hospital's maternity ward was temporarily declared to be officially part of international territory so that Margriet would inherit only Dutch citizenship from her mother.[4][5]

In 1976, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute opened its doors on the then-Civic Hospital campus.

Today, the Civic campus serves as a 456-bed teaching hospital.

Civic Campus

The General Campus is today composed of the General Hospital, the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, and the Eye Institute. The main building of the present General campus was built in 1980.

The Ottawa Hospital, Riverside Campus, which was opened in 1967, is a day facility for outpatient care and speciality clinics. It has its own OC Transpo transitway station.

During the 1990s, the provincial government of Mike Harris amalgamated several existing hospitals, the Ottawa Civic, Ottawa General, Grace and Riverside hospitals, to make up The Ottawa Hospital. The Grace was closed, while the Riverside became the Riverside Campus, an out-patient centre. On April 1, 1998, The Ottawa Hospital was officially created.

Riverside Campus


The Ottawa Health Research Institute (OHRI) is a non-profit academic health research institute that is part of The Ottawa Hospital, and a major part of the University of Ottawa Faculties of Medicine and Health Science. It is one of the largest hospital-based research institutes in North America.[6]

Formed on April 1, 2001, by the merger of the Loeb Health Research Institute and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the OHRI is a multi-campus facility. OHRI scientists are at work on an array of questions in the fields of cancer therapeutics; clinical epidemiology; diseases of ageing; hormones, growth, and development; molecular medicine; neuroscience, and vision.

The OHRI's mandate is to advance knowledge of health and disease on multiple fronts, ranging from increasing understanding of what is happening at the molecular and cellular level in complex disease states, to elucidating best practises in the delivery of health care.

Notable births[edit]

Famous people born at the Ottawa Hospital include:


  1. ^ a b c "History of the Civic Hospital". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  2. ^ "The outlook for 1920". Construction (Toronto). Toronto. 13 (1): 30. Jan 1920. 
  3. ^ Place of birth
  4. ^ "Proclamation". Canada Gazette. 26 December 1942. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ CBC Digital Archives - Second World War - 1943: Netherlands' Princess Margriet born in Ottawa
  6. ^ The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. "website". OHRI. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Want Ads/Births". The Ottawa Evening Journal. July 1, 1952. p. 12. 
  8. ^ Downie, Jim (December 28, 1971). "Justin just like dad". Ottawa Citizen. The Canadian Press. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 

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