Queensway-Carleton Hospital

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Queensway Carleton Hospital
Location 3045 Baseline Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K2H 8P4
Care system Medicare
Hospital type General
Emergency department Yes
Beds 264
Founded 1976
Website http://www.qch.on.ca/

Queensway Carleton Hospital, opened in 1976 by William Davis, is a 264-bed facility in Ottawa's west end, and serves a population of over 400,000. The hospital provides Emergency, Childbirth, Geriatric, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Cancer care, Medical and Surgical Services, and is currently undergoing expansion and renovation.[1]

Approved restructuring expansion and renovations at the hospital allowed for significant growth in the Emergency (the busiest single site Emergency Department in eastern Ontario), inpatient medicine and surgery units, ICU and surgery capacity of the hospital, as well as incremental growth in other clinical and support areas. In addition, the 10-year expansion project has provided the following improvements: 10 new operating suites, a new and expanded Ambulatory Care Centre, renovated facilities for Diagnostic Imaging, including the addition of a second MRI, a new Rehabilitation Centre and a 15-station dialysis unit.

In 2014, Premier Wynne and Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli announced the approval of a new Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at QCH. The $9.6 million project will address the special needs of the frail elderly and will help prepare them for a return home. The unit will only be the second in Ontario.

One dollar rent[edit]

Queensway Carleton Hospital was built on NCC land, and since its opening, had paid roughly $1 million in rent to the federal government. Rent of $23,000 per year was set for a contract through to 2013, at which point the rent was expected to increase to reflect the current market value of the land.

Pierre Poilievre, MP representing Nepean—Carleton, attempted to reduce the rent of the hospital to $1 per year during his first term in office.[2] Poilievre, a Conservative in the opposition at the time, introduced a bill in November 2005 seeking to reduce the hospital's rent. It was supported by the Conservatives and the New Democratic Party, but was voted down by the Liberals and Bloc Québécois.

Poilievre was re-elected in the 2006 election, this time as part of the Conservative minority government. He was named Parliamentary secretary to John Baird, President of the Treasury Board. Together, they unveiled a plan on August 2, 2006 which would use treasury board funds to pay the NCC rent on behalf of the hospital, such that the hospital pays $1 in rent.[3]



Coordinates: 45°20′05″N 75°48′28″W / 45.334818°N 75.807670°W / 45.334818; -75.807670