The Women’s College Hospital in downtown Toronto was officially reopened on Friday, with Premier Kathleen Wynne in attendance. Ontario has invested nearly $1 billion in the new hospital, which replaces existing, outdated buildings and consolidates most services in a single location. The facility will also house the Women’s College Research Institute, which will support clinical research on women’s health issues. (The Women’s College Hospital began as Woman’s Medical College in 1883. The hospital was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995.)
it was stated. The new state-of-the-art building offers patients a full range of ambulatory services, including:
- An easily accessible hub of programs, clinics and services designed especially for women and with women’s needs in mind
- Comprehensive services in breast, thyroid and skin cancers
- Improved access to medical and diagnostic imaging services
- Two more operating rooms.
Ontario’s investment will help ensure that patients have better access to health services. Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
- Ontario plans to invest $12 billion over 10 years in modern hospital infrastructure. About 35 major projects are being planned or are under construction across the province.
- Women’s College Hospital is Ontario’s first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital with a primary focus on women’s health.
- Construction on the redevelopment project began in July 2010 and was completed in September 2015. At its peak, more than 300 workers were on site daily.
- The new buildings have been designed with environmentally responsible and sustainable features in order to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which includes rigorous requirements for energy management and conservation.
- Infrastructure Ontario partnered with Women’s College Hospital to deliver the project using an Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) approach. The AFP model is an innovative way of financing and procuring large public infrastructure projects by making the best use of private-sector resources and expertise to provide project delivery. – CINEWS