Since its inception in 2005, Infrastructure Ontario has been working with hospitals and other health care partners to renew and expand existing facilities or to build new hospitals.
Projects completed to date have delivered substantial benefits to communities across Ontario, helping to bring treatment closer to home for those who need it. Working with our partners across the province, we’ve delivered:
• 9.7 million square feet of new or renovated hospital space
• 81 new operating rooms
• Nine new emergency rooms
• Eight new cancer centres
• New cardiac and dialysis treatment facilities
Modernizing Ontario’s hospitals to improve Ontarians’ access to the healthcare is an important part of Infrastructure Ontario’s job and 2013 was no exception. All across Ontario, new hospital projects got off the ground or celebrated major accomplishments, such as:
Bridgepoint Hospital (Toronto)
In April, Bridgepoint opened its new 10-storey, 680,000 square foot hospital. The new hospital – built to replace the original congested and aging facility – is improving patient care by providing more living space and by doubling the existing therapy space, to include larger, accessible therapy gyms on every patient floor.
In March, Markham Stouffville Hospital celebrated the opening of its new wing. The project doubled the size of the hospital with a four-storey addition that added 385,000 square feet to the existing site. With the new tower complete, renovations began on the existing facility.
Niagara Health System (St. Catharines)
In March, the Niagara Health System opened the doors to its new St. Catharines site. The state-of-the-art facility, with capacity for up to 399 beds, provides the community with enhanced programs and services, replacing the aging St. Catharines General and Ontario Street sites of the Niagara Health System. Eighty per cent of the hospital’s rooms are single patient rooms – the most currently available in a community hospital in Ontario.
Projects under construction
Humber River Hospital (Toronto)
Construction of this new acute care hospital reached 50 per cent completion in the summer. The hospital will use the most current technologies possible to improve efficiency, accuracy, reliability and safety of care.
Construction of the new acute care hospital in Oakville was 50 per cent complete in the summer. The new hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility that will include a full range of health services.
Public Health Laboratory (Toronto)
In June, construction began on Public Health Ontario’s new Toronto public health laboratory, located at MaRS Centre Phase 2 in downtown Toronto. The new facility will enable Public Health Ontario to remain at the forefront of infectious disease testing, detection and control, while providing essential services and responding to emerging public health issues.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
Soon to be completed and to be opened in 2014, the new 800,000 square foot hospital will provide mental health and addiction care, medical outpatient services, research and academic spaces.
Projects in procurement
Casey House (Toronto)
In August, Infrastructure Ontario and Casey House released a request for qualifications to build and finance the Casey House project. The project involves renovating an existing heritage property and incorporating a new 48,000 square foot facility to improve care and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Joseph Brant Hospital (Burlington)
Infrastructure Ontario worked with Joseph Brant Hospital to issue a request for qualifications in April for a consortium to design, build and finance the construction of its new six-storey patient-care tower and renovations to existing space. When complete, the newly expanded and renovated hospital will provide the growing local community with improved access to a larger, more modern hospital with additional inpatient beds, operating rooms and a range of expanded programs and units.
Peel Memorial Centre for Health and Wellness (Brampton)
In June, William Osler Health System and Infrastructure Ontario issued a request for proposals for a new hospital in Brampton. The facility will support Osler’s vision for an integrated health system by providing primary ambulatory and outpatient based care.
In September, Infrastructure Ontario began the competitive bidding process for another hospital project. A request for qualifications was issued to build and finance the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment project. The project will expand the facility to accommodate the changing needs of the area and will improve access to high quality specialized cardiac services.