Province pledges $5mn for St. Joe’s redevelopment planning

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On Tuesday, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Unity Health Toronto — St. Joseph’s Health Centre to announce that the province is supporting the major redevelopment of the hospital, starting with an initial investment of up to $5 million to fund early planning. When complete, this project will include a new patient tower and renovations to the existing facility to expand integrated health care services and reduce wait times.

“As part of our plan to end hallway health care, our government is building much-needed capacity by investing in major hospital infrastructure projects like the redevelopment of St. Joseph’s Health Centre,” said Elliott. “This project will reduce wait times and help more patients and families in southwest Toronto and beyond access the coordinated care they need in a modern, state-of-the art facility.”

The new infrastructure will also allow access to new and emerging technologies that will support better patient outcomes. The proposed redevelopment project includes:
• Construction of a new clinical services tower
• Infrastructure upgrades to existing hospital facilities
• A new and expanded emergency department
• Expanded medical and surgical inpatient programs
• Adult, child and adolescent mental health programs
• Outpatient procedures unit and clinics.

“Next year will mark 100 years of St. Joseph’s Health Centre providing care in west-end Toronto. As we enter into our next century of service, we are looking forward to the impact this funding will have in reimagining how we will provide the best possible care experiences in the future,” said Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of Unity Health Toronto. “On behalf of our staff, physicians, and the more than half a million people we serve in our west-end communities, we thank the government of Ontario for this investment into a healthier future.”

Unity Health Toronto has three sites: Providence Healthcare; St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital. St. Joseph’s Health Centre is a Catholic community teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. The Ministry of Health will work with Unity Health Toronto to develop a budget for the redevelopment of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre. -CINEWS

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