_ (press release) _ Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne helped celebrate the opening of a new acute care unit at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa that will provide comprehensive care for seniors and help them to return home sooner.
Ontario provided funding for The Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit, which will meet the specific needs of acutely ill older adults. This new unit will help patients by reducing their hospital stays, the need for anti-psychotic drugs and the likelihood of being readmitted.
The unit will have 34 beds. It will deliver integrated and patient-centred care, including:
* An environment that encourages patients to be mobile and prevents physical injury * A care philosophy that reduces the decline in people's functional abilities * Collaborative care by health care providers trained in geriatrics * Coordinated assistance to help seniors return home * Support for caregivers and families.
Investing in acute care tailored to people’s needs is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
Quick Facts * Ontario is providing funding of up to $6.77 million for the new ACE unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital, the second unit of its kind in Ontario. The other ACE unit is at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. * Most ACE patients have at least one chronic disease as well as the abrupt onset of an acute medical condition. This combination can make them vulnerable to further illness or infection. * Ontario is increasing operational funding to Ottawa-area hospitals by over $19 million in 2016-17, part of a provincewide increase of more than $345 million. * From 2010 to 2014, the number of physicians in the city of Ottawa rose from 2,595 to 2,944 — a 13 per cent increase. The number of nurses rose from 10,817 to 11,700 — an 8 per cent increase.
Additional Resources * [ Queensway Carleton Hospital ](https://www.qch.on.ca/) * [ Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care ](http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/ecfa/healthy_change/)