Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

March 24, 2011 16:48 ET

Media Advisory: Minister Mackay to Help Unveil the Rehabilitation Virtual Reality Laboratory at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre...

...and Announce Enhanced Support for Canadian Forces Ill and Injured Personnel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - Media are invited to attend the unveiling of Canada's first CAREN rehabilitation virtual reality simulator designated for patient use. The Rehabilitation Virtual Reality Laboratory, which houses the simulator, will be officially opened at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre (TOHRC), thanks to a partnership between The Ottawa Hospital and the Canadian Forces (CF).

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, will also announce significant policy changes affecting the management of ill and injured military personnel.

The simulator will give patients, including injured CF personnel and civilians, highly specialized treatment for both physical and psychological injuries.

There will be demonstrations of the virtual reality simulator to give guests and members of the media a rare opportunity to see the system in operation.


  • The Honourable Peter MacKay -- Minister of National Defence 

  • Phil Murray -- Chair of the Board of Governors, The Ottawa Hospital 

  • Dr. Scott Wiebe -- Acting Physiatrist-in-Chief, Acting Chair, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ottawa Hospital

  • Jennifer Van Noort -- VP Major Gifts, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

When: Friday, March 25, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Ottawa Senators Alumni Gymnasium
  The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
  General Campus, The Ottawa Hospital
  505 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON

Notes to editor / news director: Please see attached for information on parking:

Contact Information

  • Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353
    Canadian Forces Health Services
    Colleen Boicey
    Communications Advisor
    The Ottawa Hospital
    Hazel Harding
    Communications Advisor
    Office of the Minister of National Defence
    Joshua Zanin
    Press Secretary