OTTAWA—The Ontario government is investing in a new Integrated Treatment Centre, 1Door4Care at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), a pediatric health and research centre in Ottawa.
The new multi-storey building to support children with multiple or complex special needs is expected reduce the need for families to travel to multiple facilities to gain access to critical treatment and rehabilitation services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language pathology and autism services.
Currently, CHEO provides these services in eight locations across the region and the new facility will bring teams of professionals together under one roof.
“Children and youth with special needs, medical complexities and mental health challenges have deserved better, faster access to care for a long time,” said Alex Munter, president and CEO of CHEO, in a statement. “The pandemic has only made things worse for vulnerable children and youth. This new building is going to bring care teams, family supports and technology under one roof so 40,000 kids and their families get the care they need – when, where and how they need it.”