Provincial Prolonged-Ventilation Weaning Centre of Excellence and Long-term Ventilation

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) is home to both the Provincial Prolonged-Ventilation Weaning Centre of Excellence (PWC) and the Long-Term Ventilation (LTV) Program within the hospital’s Complex Continuing Care Services.

In 2021, the Ministry of Health invested in a provincial strategy to effectively reduce pressure on ICUs and ensure resources in the community that provide people requiring long-term ventilation more opportunities to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

The Strategy:

  • helps keep ICU beds available for those who need them the most
  • improves the quality of life for people requiring long-term ventilation by allowing these individuals to receive specialized care closer to home
  • reduces unnecessary emergency department visits
  • coordinates LTV expertise from across the Province and makes it available for all Ontarians regardless of geographical location
  • coordinates existing resources from across the province to support better patient care

The strategy capitalizes on the expertise of four hospitals that specialize in the support and care of people requiring long-term ventilation and those with complex respiratory needs. These hospitals will support specialized providers that exist within their geographies to form three hub and spoke structures as follows:

  • Michael Garron Hospital (Central Hub)
  • West Park Healthcare Centre (Central Hub)
  • The Ottawa Hospital (Eastern Hub)
  • London Health Sciences Centre (Western Hub)

Please see the subsections below to learn more about our services.

Provincial Prolonged-Ventilation Weaning Centre of Excellence (PWC)

Michael Garron Hospital’s Provincial Prolonged-Ventilation Weaning Centre of Excellence (PWC) holds a mandate from the Ministry of Health as a Provincial Weaning Centre of Excellence. 

For many years, MGH’s PWC and Long-term Ventilation Program beds have been part of an informal network in Ontario that actively seeks to improve the care of prolonged and long-term ventilation patients through our clinical research program, partnerships and advocacy at all levels of the healthcare system.

MGH’s PWC is a specialized program for adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients who have stabilized from their acute ICU illness, but remain on a mechanical ventilator for more than 14 days and wish to try to breathe on their own. We are an eight bed inpatient acute care program comprised of a medical, nursing and inter-professional team that specializes in the care of patients with prolonged ventilation and persistent/chronic critical illness.

Our inter-professional team includes respirologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, personal care workers, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, psychiatrist, inter-faith chaplains, bioethicist and volunteers.

For more information about the PWC for patients and families and for healthcare providers, please see the buttons below. 

Long-Term Ventilation (LTV) Program

Michael Garron Hospital’s Long-Term Ventilation (LTV) Program is a part of the hospital’s Complex Care Unit located on the 5th floor.

This LTV program provides a stimulating environment that enhances quality of life for ventilator-dependent patients. An interdisciplinary team of care professionals work collaboratively to support the care of individuals admitted to this program who require mechanical ventilation for all or part of a 24-hour period. 


Contact & Referrals - Prolonged Ventilation
416 469 6580 x 6841
Contact & Referrals - Long-term ventilation
416 469 6580 x 6104
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