OTTAWA, ONTARIO, MAY 31, 2023 – The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) are working together to provide patients across the region with the high-quality care they need. TOH and its Emergency Physician group will begin working with the KDH Emergency Department to coordinate and help support emergency services in Kemptville throughout this summer, ensuring that the community will continue to have access to emergency care.

“Our hospitals have worked together for many years, collaborating on ways to improve access to care for patients throughout our region,” said Cameron Love, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. “This partnership is another step in that approach, as we look at more ways to ensure patients receive the care they need.”

Patients in the region will not notice any difference in the care provided at KDH’s Emergency Department. They should continue to go there if they need emergency medical care.

TOH and KDH previously created an innovative partnership in orthopedic surgery in 2017, which saw surgeons from both hospitals perform joint replacement procedures in KDH’s state-of-the-art operating facilities. This helped to reduce wait times for patients throughout the region, and allowed many patients to receive care closer to home.

“Like a number of other hospitals across the country, KDH has been dealing with the possibility of some reduction in our emergency services due to the shortage of physicians working in rural Emergency Departments. That is why we are so thankful to be able to collaborate with partners like The Ottawa Hospital,” said Frank Vassallo, CEO of Kemptville District Hospital. “Partnerships like this ensure that all patients will continue to receive high-quality, timely and consistent care, no matter where they are.”

Together, TOH and KDH are planning to implement an integrated service delivery model for the Emergency Department in the coming months. This model will ensure that patients accessing the KDH Emergency Department will have seamless and consistent care for the future.

About The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is one of Canada’s top learning and research hospitals where we are guided by our vision to provide the world-class and compassionate care we would all want for our loved ones. Our multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, is home to the Regional Trauma Centre and Cancer Centre, and to discoveries that are adopted globally. Backed by generous support from the community, we are focused on reshaping the future of health care to improve the health for our diverse population of patients from Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital, visit

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About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to helping to build healthier communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the healthcare system. For more information, visit

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