New health centre to open in Hintonburg

The Somerset West Community Health Centre is close to purchasing a building in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood to open a new satellite clinic.
Vicky Smallman stood on the steps of a building on 30 Rosemount Avenue to announce her health centre will open a new satellite clinic. (Roger Dubois/CBC)

A neighbourhood just west of downtown Ottawa will soon have a new healthcare facility to help a growing number of residents.

The Somerset West Community Health Centre is close to purchasing a building at 30 Rosemount Avenue between Wellington Street West and Gladstone Avenue, in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood. It is one of Ottawa's popular and trendy areas, just east of Westboro and west of Centretown.

The community health centre, with oversight from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, said it plans to open a satellite clinic there termed the "Hintonburg Hub" in early 2014.

The services offered will include a walk-in clinic, a community kitchen and primary care for 1,100 patients, among others.

Young, growing community

Vicky Smallman, the health centre's chairwoman, said there will be community discussions to nail down exactly what other services will be offered, such as homework clubs. But she said the area’s population is young with a growing number of children.

"We have a population that will be growing even further in coming years with all the condo development that's happening," she said. "We know there's a massive need for healthcare and we had to do something."

The health centre was forced to take a mortgage out on its main building on Eccles Street in order to buy the structure, which has been a Methodist church, a synagogue, a Knights of Columbus hall and it is now a series of offices. 

The Champlain LHIN will also invest $334,000 a year to help run the centre, which comes from the province. The LHIN has been trying to invest in more local hubs to help lower wait times that exist in Ottawa hospitals and other healthcare centres.