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CHEO is a global leader in pediatric health, dedicated to helping children and youth live their best lives. CHEO combines excellence in clinical care, research and education with a commitment to working with our partners to advance seamless care that’s provided where, when and how it’s needed. Every year, CHEO helps more than 500,000 children and youth from Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and Northern Ontario.

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Since 1974, CHEO has established itself as a world-class centre providing compassionate care and leading-edge treatment for children and youth from birth to their 18th birthday.

CHEO is one of Canada’s few stand-alone pediatric health centres and is the second largest health-care organization in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, with more than 2,900 doctors, nurses and additional staff dedicated to providing the best possible care for the children and youth we serve.

Every year, we have more than 6,900 admissions and 7,800 surgeries, as well as nearly 169,000 visits to our outpatient clinics. We also have one of the busiest pediatric emergency rooms in the country, with more than 72,000 visits a year.

Through funding from both the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, CHEO runs many specialized programs, including for eating disorders, rehabilitation, autism, psychiatric mental health, sexual assault, early language development and children with complex care needs (see Programs and Health Info).

In addition to its clinical mandate, CHEO is an academic health science centre. Each year, it provides education to 2,300 future pediatricians and students in nursing and other health professions. And the 249 researchers at the CHEO Research Institute conduct leading-edge pediatric research, attracting nearly $28 million in funding yearly.

CHEO houses several provincial and regional programs, including the Ontario Newborn Screening Program, Better Outcomes Registry & Network Ontario, the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, and the Champlain Maternal Newborn Program.

CHEO also extends its expertise outside its walls, providing training for doctors and nurses in community hospitals on best practices for pediatric care. In 2017, CHEO joined forces with SickKids and Holland Bloorview to establish the Kids Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving the level of pediatric knowledge in health centres across Ontario and working with partners to create a more coordinated, consistent, high quality system of care for children, youth and their families.

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401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8L1

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