Brampton Civic On-time Opening Ensured By New $114 Million Investment From McGuinty Government



    Features Much Larger Emergency Department, 479 Beds, Over 200 New Staff

    TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making additional
investments to help the long-awaited Brampton Civic Hospital get ready to open
its doors this fall, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman
announced today.
    "We are making this history together," said Smitherman. "The new site
will have a state-of-the-art emergency department that will have an immediate
impact in the community, accommodating 90,000 visits each year. This will
improve access to emergency care so patients in the community will get the
care they need, when they need it."
    "This new hospital is a crown jewel for Brampton and Ontario," Smitherman
added. "We need a big push to make sure that the hospital thrives. I'll be out
there encouraging the good people of Brampton to revitalize local fundraising
efforts."
    
    Smitherman announced today the government is:

    -  investing an additional $101 million in capital and $13 million in
       one-time operating funds;
    -  maintaining the presence of investigator Ken White and asking his team
       to continue to provide expertise to support the opening; and
    -  engaging the community with regular communications on the project's
       progress through the Central West Local Health Integration Network.
    

    This fall, the Brampton Civic site of the William Osler Health Centre
will open with 479 beds, including 62 beds to improve access to emergency
care. The total number will increase to 527 in 2009/10, 570 in 2010/11, and
608 in 2011/12. The new Brampton Civic site will also almost double the area's
ambulatory care capacity from the current 242,000 visits a year to over
400,000 visits a year by 2011/12.
    "The residents of Brampton will have one of the finest hospitals in
Ontario this fall," said Gordon Laschinger, Chair of the Board at the William
Osler Health Centre. "Today's investment means that we will be able to provide
residents of Brampton the highest quality health care available."
    The minister also announced that Ken White will remain in his role as
investigator to provide advice and guidance to the hospital board. In
December, White was appointed as an investigator under the Public Hospitals
Act to lead a team of experts to work with the William Osler Health Centre and
the community to ensure a smooth transition and help make the new hospital
operational as quickly as possible.
    The Central West Local Health Integration Network, responsible for
planning, funding and co-ordinating local health care services, will provide
monthly reports on the hospital's progress to the community.
    "The Brampton Civic Hospital site is crucial to meeting the health care
needs of a growing population in Brampton," said Joe McReynolds, chair of the
Central West LHIN. "The government's investments along with Ken White's
guidance and leadership will help to ensure the timely completion of this
project."
    The William Osler Health Centre redevelopment is the largest hospital
construction projects in Ontario. Upon successful completion of the Civic
site, the community and government will then focus on redeveloping the Lynch
Street site.
    "This is great news for the community," said Kuldip Kular, MPP for
Brampton-Gore-Malton-Springdale. "I know that local residents are eager to
support this project that will provide quality health care."
    "The new Civic Hospital site represents an important expansion of health
services for our fast-growing community," said Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton
West-Mississauga.
    "Our government has provided leadership in building the community's
capacity to respond and support this exciting new project to ensure it
proceeds on time so local residents can benefit from this new state-of-the-art
hospital," said Linda Jeffrey, MPP for Brampton Centre.
    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.
    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.


    
    Backgrounder
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                 INVESTING IN THE NEW BRAMPTON CIVIC HOSPITAL
    

    The new Brampton Civic Hospital will be a state-of-the-art, 608-bed
facility that will provide quality health care to the community's growing
population and accommodate 90,000 emergency room visits per year.
    The McGuinty government is committed to almost doubling the area's
current bed capacity in the new hospital. This fall, the Brampton Civic site
of the William Osler Health Centre will open with 479 beds. The number of beds
will increase to 527 in 2009/10, 570 in 2010/11, and 608 in 2011/12.
    The new Brampton Civic site will also almost double the area's ambulatory
care capacity from the current 242,000 visits a year to over 400,000 visits a
year by 2011/12.
    
    The McGuinty government has made a series of investments in the new
Brampton Civic Hospital, including:

    -  $4.5 million for diagnostic and medical equipment (February 2006);
    -  $8.9 million for equipment (May 2006);
    -  $18.9 million for equipment (September 2006);
    -  $24 million for equipment and related accommodation, such as
       electrical fixtures and building structures (December 2006);
    -  $10 million in operational funding to assist the hospital with costs
       related to moving to the new hospital site. This includes the
       development of emergency evacuation plans for the new building and
       operational policies and procedures for the building layout - as well
       as the recruiting and training of health care professionals who will
       assist the hospital in meeting the needed service expansions, building
       orientation and fire safety training (December 2006).

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