The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has officially moved patients and teams from its current facility into its new, recently inaugurated state-of-the-art tower on Easter Sunday. A total of 15 acute patients from the Heart Institute’s Intensive Care Unit, and hundreds of members of its highly specialized team from its Intensive Care Unit, Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories, and Surgical Suites (ORs) have now been successfully relocated. Non urgent procedures and surgeries are scheduled to resume in the new facility on Tuesday, April 3.

The event marks the end of a multi-year project to expand and improve the Heart Institute’s facilities to meet the growing demands of an aging and changing patient population. With increased capacities, the new building ensures residents of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and beyond continue to have access to high-quality specialized cardiac services when they need them.

The Heart Institute now also makes use of some of the most innovative technological advancements in modern medicine including the acquisition of the da Vinci® Surgical System, which facilitates complex surgical procedures that are both minimally invasive for the patient and require far less recovery periods. Life-saving suites will also be equipped with Azurion Image Guided Therapy equipment, the largest installation of its kind in the world, allowing clinical teams to confidently perform a wide routine of complex procedures.

“Today marks the end of an exhaustive process for our team, but also the beginning of a new era of cardiac care in our region,” said Dr. Thierry Mesana, the Heart Institute’s president and CEO. “Our new facility not only reinforces our cardiovascular care, research, and training capacities, but it also ensures that our patients continue to receive world-class care, from an extraordinary team evolving in a state-of-the-art environment. This is our promise.”

The new Heart Institute expansion includes:

  • More than 145,000 sq. ft. of new space
  • Five operating rooms, including one hybrid OR, and one shelled-in operating room for future use
  • Nine catheterization and electrophysiology labs
  • An additional surgical critical care unit for 27 beds

About the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has flourished into one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres for the unparalleled care it provides to its patients, a world-renowned research Institute that brings science from bench to bedside, and the country’s main influencer when it comes to preventing heart disease. Its promise remains the very pillar on which it was built: Always putting patients first.

MEDIA CONTACT

Vincent Lamontagne
Director, Communications
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
613-899-6760 (cell.)
vlamontagne@ottawaheart.ca