Maternal Newborn Program Continues to Take Shape

The Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) is focused on building a strong, coordinated and equitable system that effectively and efficiently manages and supports existing maternal-newborn services in the region. One of its key goals is to develop an integrated system for maternal and newborn services to ensure consistent, standardized care across the region, providing mothers and babies with appropriate, timely access to clinical services at the right level of care, along the continuum. CHEO is the host of this program, with the leadership team of Dr. Wylam Faught, Regional Medical Lead, Dr. Thierry Lacaze, Regional Medical Lead and Marie-Josée Trépanier, Acting Regional Director. This past year saw the integration of the Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario (PPPESO) into the CMNRP program with new operational and accountability structures, the appointment of a joint Director of Maternal Newborn Services for CHEO and The Ottawa Hospital, as well as the development of a new Strategic Plan to guide the program moving forward.

The Program is in the initial stages of capital planning for the development of a Maternal Newborn Centre, to be built on land between CHEO and the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital. The centre will provide a full continuum of clinical, research and academic programs and services for mothers and newborns, together on one site. It is anticipated that a functional plan can be completed for consideration by The Ottawa Hospital, CHEO, Montfort, Queensway Carleton and LHIN Boards by end of fiscal year 2013.