HGH Launches a New Respiratory Therapy Program

HGH opens new Respiratory Therapy Program


HAWKESBURY — On June 18th, the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) will launch a comprehensive Respiratory Therapy Program for outpatients. The new program will provide consultations, diagnostic exams and treatment for adults and children afflicted with breathing disorders, allergies, respiratory infections or chronic pulmonary diseases.

The Respiratory Therapy Program brings together several health care professionals, including Dr. Benson Wong, Respirologist, an Internal Medicine Specialist and a Respiratory Therapist and Educator. The program features a pulmonary function laboratory and is offered at HGH’s main campus in the recently opened Block B dedicated to ambulatory care. Patients must have a referral from their physician to book an appointment.

A second phase targeted for winter 2019 will extend to inpatients in the Complex Continuing Care Unit, the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit and the Family Birthing Centre.

Important Facts

The Respiratory Therapy Program includes:

  • Medical consultations and follow-ups
  • Complete pulmonary function testing
    • Spirometry
    • Diffusion Studies
    • Body Plethysmography
    • Bronchial Challenge Test
    • Walking Oximetry/Arterial Blood Gases
  • Individual and group education sessions for disease management
  • Smoking cessation counselling
  •  Pulmonary rehabilitation to improve patients’ quality of life

For more information on the new program, please visit the page Respiratory Therapy Program.


“Thanks to the hospital redevelopment project, we now have a new pulmonary function laboratory that allows us to provide our patients with a comprehensive Respiratory Therapy Program. It is a great addition to the new Block B ambulatory care facilities in operation since January. We are one step closer to becoming a full-service regional hospital.”
François Bertrand
Chair, Board of Directors

“These new medical equipment and technologies are bringing us closer to becoming a model hospital in Ontario by 2020. Innovation is central to our development. I sincerely thank the teams who planned this new program and recruited the health care professionals to bring more specialty services to our patients.”
Marc LeBoutillier
Chief Executive Officer

“The medical consultations for pulmonary disease management and follow-ups provided by Dr. Wong will have a positive impact for our patients as they mean better access to specialty care, close to home. The services and advanced tests will also reduce or even prevent hospital admissions for patients.”
Dr. Julie Maranda
Chief of Staff


Media Request

For more information about the program or interview request, lease contact:
Julie Leroux
Communications Coordinator
Human Resources and Community Relations
Hawkesbury and District General Hospital
Telephone: 613-632-1111, extension 61013
Email: jleroux@hgh.ca