A FEW PHOTOS TAKEN AT TUESDAY’S BENEFIT DINNER
VISIT TO OTTAWA GENERAL HOSPITAL
The Ottawa General Hospital began as a small enterprise at the hands of Elisabeth Bruyere to care for the sick--with three beds. It has grown immensely from its roots in the area surrounding the Cathedral and the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity: employing thousands of employees.
Now, the Smyth Road Campus is constantly under construction (the new cancer wing is going up; with my chaplaincy team's access, I was privileged to view the very large Intensive Care Unit, including quiet rooms for family consultations and rest and a chaplain's office on the unit, etc.)
The visit was on Thursday, when the annual bazaar was being held in the main corridors near the main Information Desk. I was met by Father Jean Baptiste DeCoste, who has been at the hospital more than ten years and by his parishioner at St. Margaret Mary Church, where he handles weekend ministry, Lay Pastoral Worker John Moran, as well as by Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care and Social Services Director Karen Nelson.
After Mass, we had a delicious lunch and a tour of the hospital, including a chance for chatting with volunteers and hospital visitors.
Here are some photos of the day's visit.