In the Media

Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation is pleased to work with local and national media outlets to share information about our campaigns, events, announcements and news.

Located in fast-growing west Ottawa, QCH has built its reputation as a leading acute care hospital by seeing the person in each of the nearly 500,000 people who turn to it for care each year. QCH’s agility and collaborative culture enable it to respond quickly to the most pressing healthcare challenges facing its vibrant and growing communities through advanced programs that reinvent models of patient care.

For media inquiries please contact Katie Barrett, Marketing & Communications Assistant, at kbarrett@qch.on.ca.

Below is a collection of our media coverage.


May 15, 2021: Scarborough man reunited with family after three weeks at Queensway Carleton Hospital – Ottawa Citizen

The family of a Scarborough man drove to Ottawa for a surprise visit, three weeks after he was admitted to the Queensway Carleton Hospital with COVID-19.

Vince Hsu was transferred to the Queensway Carleton Hospital for care last month, one of the dozens of patients transferred from Toronto-area hospitals to Ottawa for treatment during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the full article published by CTV News Ottawa please click here.


May 5, 2021: Dodunski and Steiginga: ‘We are treating patients younger than ever’ – Ottawa Citizen

When COVID-19 started a year ago in March, we were scared. We were told that our acute medicine floor for geriatrics at the Queensway Carleton Hospital would now be accepting patients of all ages and would be turned into the designated COVID-19 unit. Now, we hardly remember what ACE (Acute Care of the Elderly) was before it was turned into a COVID unit.

We knew nothing about this horrible illness. We did not know if it was going to be a normal flu, or if it was going to be much worse. No matter: we do not think anyone could have expected that, a year later, we are still battling this nasty illness. In many ways, it is much worse this time around than it was at the beginning.

To read the full article published by the Ottawa Citizen please click here.


April 21, 2021: ‘My stomach dropped’ Ottawa nurses react to COVID ICU deployment – CTV News Ottawa

Odelia Scher is no stranger to the intensive care unit at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

Walking into the COVID unit at the hospital in Ottawa’s west end for the first time, she was taken aback. 

“I hadn’t been to the COVID unit or the COVID ICU at all and when I walked in and saw the environment, it was a lot to take in,” Scher said. 

To read the full article published by CTV News Ottawa please click here.


March 27, 2021: Fear, fatigue and hope: Hospital workers are living the pandemic timeline – Ottawa Citizen

When the call about a COVID-19 vaccine came on New Years Eve, respiratory therapist Marilyse Dufresne-Cater experienced something she hadn’t felt in a long time: hope.

“Twenty-twenty was ending and it felt that there was finally a shining light coming in 2021.”

For front-line health-care workers at Queensway Carleton Hospital, the past year has been marked by fear, fatigue and steep learning curves. Hope is something new. But it is not over yet.

To read the full article published by the Ottawa Citizen please click here. 


March 11, 2021: ‘We will continue to be there’: Queensway Carleton Hospital ICU staff honoured for remarkable contributions during pandemic – CTV News Ottawa

On the one year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queensway Carleton Hospital honoured staff in the intensive care unit for their contributions to patient care.

More than 100 staff members were surprised with a “Champions of Care” pin Thursday morning.

This recognition is to thank those who have displayed dedication and compassion while providing extraordinary care.

To read the full article published by CTV News Ottawa please click here.


March 10, 2021: Queensway Carleton Hospital opens COVID-19 vaccine clinic for health-care workers Thursday – CTV News Ottawa

The Queensway Carleton Hospital says it has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines and will open its vaccination clinic this week.

In a tweet, hospital president and CEO Dr. Andrew Falconer said the hospital plans to begin vaccinations at its clinic on Thursday.

To read the full article published by CTV News Ottawa please click here. 


 

March 5, 2021: Queensway Carleton gets approval, funding for mental health unit renovations – Ottawa Citizen

The Queensway Carleton Hospital has received provincial approval and $9 million in funding to begin the expansion and rebuilding of its new Mental Health Unit.

The project, set to begin this spring and to be completed in 2023, will involve the renovation of two existing departments and a new two-storey addition, increasing the hospital’s inpatient beds and outpatient mental health services.

To read the full article published by the Ottawa Citizen please click here.


January 6, 2021: ‘It can happen to anyone’: Life in the ICU for an Ottawa COVID-19 patient – CTV News Ottawa

Khalid Eldali was a healthy 29-year-old before he contracted COVID-19 and almost died from it.

“I don’t remember half the stuff,” Eldali recalled in an interview from his room in the intensive care unit at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, where he’s been for two months. “The only thing I remember is waking up and I saw my wife beside me, that’s all I can remember.”

Eldali contracted the virus in November. His symptoms included chest pains, a fever and a sore throat. When it became difficult to breathe, he called an ambulance.

To read the full article published by CTV News Ottawa please click here.


 

January 2, 2021: First worker at Queensway Carleton Hospital receives COVID-19 vaccine – CTV News Ottawa

Employees of the Queensway Carleton Hospital are the latest to roll up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The hospital said in a tweet on Saturday that Paytonn Abraham, an environmental services (EVS) employee, was the first staff member from the QCH to receive the vaccine.

To read the full article published by CTV News Ottawa please click here.


September 21, 2020: Community Builders: Hike for Healthcare – Ottawa Citizen

Fall could very well be the most beautiful time to get out and go for a hike, enjoying the lovely colours Mother Nature puts on display. So why not take that hike while raising funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital? The QCH Foundation is hosting a virtual Hike for Healthcare. The hike will have participants walk 10 kilometres, completing the distance all at once or over a series of shorter hikes.

To read the full article published by the Ottawa Citizen please click here. 


May 2, 2020: ‘The pinnacle I never wanted to see’: How a hospital reinvented itself to face the challenge of COVID-19 – Ottawa Citizen

Just weeks ago it was welcoming hotel guests. On Tuesday — with carpets torn out, hospital beds installed and nursing stations set up on one of its floors — Kanata’s Fairfield Inn and Suites temporarily became part of the Queensway Carleton Hospital. By the end of the day, 12 elderly patients were settled in their new hospital rooms in the four-storey hotel with a view of the Canadian Tire Centre.

 To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


 

March 26, 2020: Special Live COVID-19 Coverage with Sam Laprade – 1310 News

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation President & CEO, Shannon Gorman joined Sam Laprade on a special edition of ‘An Hour to Give’ on 1310 NEWS to talk about the importance of community support, solidarity, and philanthropy, in the wake of COVID-19. The show has been covering the impact of COVID-19 on our local Ottawa community.

 


March 12, 2020: Queensway-Carleton Hospital closes drive-thru testing lane for COVID-19 – CTV News Ottawa

Queensway-Carleton Hospital has closed its drive-thru COVID-19 testing operation, one day after it opened.

In a statement on Twitter, the QCH says “with opening of COVID-19 assessment centre at Brewer today, QCH has closed temporary drive through process.”

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


January 16, 2020: Queensway Carleton post a ‘dream’ job for fundraising veteran Shannon Gorman – Ottawa Business Journal

For Shannon Gorman, becoming president and CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is a dream come true.

But the job didn’t just fall into her lap like a gift from the gods above. It took decades of hard work and hustle, along with personal sacrifice, for this dynamic bundle of energy to elevate herself to such a top executive management position.

To read the full article published by Caroline Phillips, please click here.


December 6, 2019: Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan – CBC Listen

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December 5, 2019: Séan McCann’s GREAT BIG CHRISTMAS PARTY – Rogers TV


November 30, 2019: Séan McCann holds Great Big Christmas Party to help Queensway-Carleton expand mental health unit artsfile

Séan McCann likes rolling rocks uphill. He believes in making a difference and he wants to do it. That’s why you’ll find the former member of Great Big Sea and current resident music man in Ottawa hosting benefits and working for a good cause or 20.

He’s also rolled up a few rocks of his own. McCann is a recovering addict and he knows what that means.

To read the full article published by Peter Robb, please click here.


November 2019: Annual Giving Guide – Ottawa Business Journal 

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is delighted to be featured in Ottawa Business Journal’s Giving Guide 2019. Connecting not-for profits with the regions business leaders, the Giving Guide provides year-long visibility to participating organizations to showcase their mission, progress, governance and supporters. Please see page 9 and 60-61 for the QCH feature.


November 19, 2019: Séan McCann Live on Mornings with Stuntman Stu and Angie Poirier – MAJIC 100.3 

 

Séan McCann live on the air with Stuntman Stu and Angie Poirier talking about his December 7, 2019 Christmas concert – Séan McCann’s Great Big Christmas Party! In support of the Hopes Rising Campaign.


November 19, 2019: Morning Jam with Séan McCann – CTV Morning Live


September 20, 2019: Queensway Carleton Hospital’s mental health campaign reaps $465K from Harvesting Hope at the Farm Gala – Ottawa Business Journal 

Read the full article published by Caroline Phillips here.


August 30, 2019: Hopes Rising Campaign with Judith Scott and Dr. Falconer – CTV Morning Live


August 26, 2019: Hopes Rising Campaign with Judith Scott – CTV News at Noon


August 24, 2019: An Hour to Give with Sam Laprade – 1310 News

Listen to Dr. Andrew Falconer, CEO & President, Queensway Carleton Hospital, and other hospital and Foundation team members speak to Sam Laprade, from An Hour to Give (1310 news), about our hospital, our current needs, and our amazing community of supporters.


May 25, 2018: Sowing the seeds at Saunders Farm for better mental health unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital – Ottawa Business Journal

Read the full article published by Caroline Phillips here.


March 29, 2018: Hopes Rising Campaign with Nancy Crump and Jason MacDonald – Rogers TV


February 28, 2018: NetIP Canada helps Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising campaign – Ottawa Business Journal

Last fall’s Diwali Gala was an extravaganza of lights, music and dance held at a fancy convention centre and organized by members of the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Canada.

The cultural celebration also had a philanthropic component to it by raising money for the Queensway Carleton Hospital. It’s working to drastically improve its mental health unit, which hasn’t had any renovations or enhancements since the hospital first opened in 1976. Yet, the number of adults needing acute mental health services at the QCH continues to soar.

To read the full article published by Caroline Phillips, please click here.


September 29, 2017: Councillors raising $500,000 to improve mental health unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital – Ottawa Citizen

Ten city councillors have announced they are trying to raise $500,000 for the mental health unit at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

The councillors, who represent the west and south ends of the city, are raising the funds in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s $5-million Hopes Rising campaign for mental health services. They announced their $500,000 goal before a city council meeting this week.

The hospital needs to upgrade the space occupied by the mental health program, since there’s a growing demand for mental health services in west Ottawa. The space is frequently overcapacity, the hospital foundation says.

The unit has not received an upgrade since it opened 40 years ago.

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


January 9, 2017: Inside the calm of the Queensway Carleton Hospital’s ACE unit for elder care – Ottawa Citizen

Every bed at the Queensway Carleton Hospital’s ACE unit is full on this sunny January afternoon, but the ward is strangely silent, its wide corridors nearly empty. The daily chaos of an acute care hospital is nowhere to be seen.

That’s no accident, says Cathie Gray, clinical nurse specialist in geriatrics at the QCH. Everything about the hospital Acute Care of the Elderly Unit is designed to be as calm and stress-free as possible. It’s the best environment to heal for its frail patients, who struggle with both chronic diseases such as diabetes or dementia and an acute illness such as pneumonia.

The 34-bed ACE unit opened in November, the second of its kind in the province and the first to be purpose-built.

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


September 18, 2016: Queensway Carleton Hospital heads to the farm to celebrate 40 years – Ottawa Citizen

Since 1976, the west-end hospital has continued to grow, as has the population it’s been serving: from 90,000 to more than 400,000.

The 40 Years of Love charity gala brought everyone together under one magnificent party tent for a family styled dinner, shared together beneath a Harvest Moon.

So high was the demand for tickets that gala attendance swelled to 450.

The organizing committee was led by Sara Cinq-Mars, wife of Tomlinson Group of Companies president Kevin Cinq-Mars. There to welcome everyone was the warm and familiar voice of retired radio broadcaster Steve Madely, who served as the evening’s MC.

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


February 18, 2016: $1M donation kickstarts Queensway Carleton’s campaign for mental health

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


February 20, 2015: Queensway Carleton receives $1M donation for Acute Care of the Elderly Unit – Ottawa Citizen

The Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation announced Friday that the Myers Automotive Group had made a $1-million donation to the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit.

The hospital said the unit would be named the Myers Automotive Acute Care of the Elderly Unit.

A Queensway Carleton news release stated the hospital services one of the fastest growing and aging populations in the country. Currently, 14 per cent of the population is over the age of 65 in west Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley, the release stated. It said this population was expected to grow by 3.5 per cent per year, doubling over the next 20 years.

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


November 10, 2014: Around Town: Living ‘la dolce vita’ at hospital gala for Queensway Carleton – Ottawa Citizen

There were chestnuts roasting, accordions playing and a five-course dinner, just like nonna used to make. For the men, the “George Clooney in Italy” look was all the rage.

Prizes were two Air Canada tickets to Italy and a stylish electric scooter from Scooteretti. You could pose with it in the party photo booth, with the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the superimposed backdrop.

A crowd of 363 came together to raise $200,000 for the hospital’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit. The hospital is in the process of raising $3 million for a new $11-million, 34-bed unit that will treat seniors with various complex health conditions.

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.


October 21, 2014: Councillors challenge residents in Queensway Carleton fundraiser – Ottawa Citizen

Councillors Rick Chiarelli and Jan Harder issued the challenge to residents of the wards – parts of old Nepean – this week. Councilor Keith Egli, whose ward also encompasses parts of the former Nepean is also involved in the challenge, said a spokeswoman for Chiarelli.

The 34-bed unit, expected to begin accepting patients in 2016, will be one of two acute care for the elderly units in Ontario, said Melanie Adams, CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Ottawa’s west end, she noted, has one of the fastest growing populations of seniors in the country.

The unit, with mostly single rooms, will be secure and include a staff of therapists, social workers, geriatricians and pharmacists. It will be only for patients who are aged 65 and older.

To read the full article published by Ottawa Citizen please click here.