The project includes four new storeys and 250,000 square feet of new space for the services needed most by the community, such as emergency and critical care, the Ontario govenment announced in Toronto on Tuesday, June 28.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, said: “Today marks an important milestone in the redevelopment of Etobicoke General Hospital. Once the project is completed, the new patient tower will provide patients in the GTA with better access to crucial health care services, close to home.”
When the project is complete, patients in Etobicoke will benefit from:
- A large state-of-the-art emergency department
- A new intensive care unit/ critical care unit that is nearly four times larger than the current space
- A new maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized nursery
- A new ambulatory procedures unit featuring both procedure and operating rooms, patient preparation and recovery areas, and dedicated clinic spaces, including a new respiratory clinic
- Larger patient rooms filled with natural light that provide privacy and space to accommodate patient’s family members.
As part of the 2016 Budget, the province is providing $12 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to continue building essential infrastructure. In addition, Ontario is providing new annual funding of $50 million to help hospitals stay in good repair. These health care infrastructure investments are helping expand access to high-quality care so patients receive the care they need in a safe and healthy environment.
Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health Syste, said: “Today is a monumental day for Osler, for the staff, physicians and volunteers who work at Etobicoke General, and for the thousands of people who come through the doors of this hospital to seek care for themselves or a loved one. Together with our partners and with the significant support of the Ontario government, we are transforming this hospital and helping change the face of health care in this community for generations to come.”
- The request for proposal for the new patient tower closed on November 19, 2015 and Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership was announced as the Preferred Proponent on March 22, 2016.
- At the peak period during construction, more than 300 workers are expected to be on site daily at this project.
- The 2016-17 Budget also includes over $7.6 million in operating funding for William Osler Health System, which includes Etobicoke General Hospital.
- Across the province, approximately 35 major hospital projects are under construction or in various stages of planning. – CINEWS