TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Bridgepoint president and CEO Marian
Walsh was joined today by Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long
Term Care, to receive the ceremonial key to the new Bridgepoint
Hospital from the builders, Plenary Health.
The hospital is a LEED® certified, 680,000-square-foot facility designed
to provide care for individuals with complex chronic health conditions
and advance research and education.
Bridgepoint provides active healthcare - an integrated approach to
managing, treating, researching and teaching best practices for those
living with multiple, complex health conditions. The new hospital is
improving patient care by providing more living space and doubling the
existing therapy space, including larger, accessible therapy gyms on
every patient floor. The new facility also includes increased
ambulatory space for outpatient and community programming, a larger
therapeutic pool, and green spaces, parks and public gardens that are
integrated with Riverdale Park and the Lower Don Trail. The design
encourages interaction and connectivity amongst patients, staff and
The project also involved the restoration and renovation of the former
Don Jail, which will function as the hospital's administration
building. Construction of the new Bridgepoint Hospital began in fall
2009. The full patient migration to the new hospital will take place on
April 14th, 2013.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
worked with Bridgepoint to redevelop the facility, which will remain
publicly owned and publicly controlled.
Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large,
complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the
last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's
alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued
at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca or www.bridgepointhealth.ca for more information.
Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This project demonstrates our government's commitment to provide
Ontarians with access to the right care, at the right time, in the
right place as part of our Action Plan for Health Care. Bridgepoint's
new facility will provide improved access to health care services for
Ontarians, enhancing the quality of life for patients with complex
Marian Walsh, President and CEO, Bridgepoint
"Today, we celebrate the success of an incredible partnership between
our design firms, our construction teams, project partners and the
Government of Ontario. Together, we built a hospital that sets the new
standard of treating patients with complex chronic health conditions, a
hospital that will be the model of how future hospitals are built not
only in Ontario but throughout the world."
Ted Freedman, Chair, Board of Directors, Bridgepoint
"Reaching today's milestone is the result of the tireless work of our
dedicated staff, volunteers and the generous support of our donors and
the Government of Ontario. Moving into our new hospital confirms our
commitment to achieving our goal of transforming the world for those
living with complex health conditions."
Mike Marasco, CEO, Plenary Health
"It is a tremendous source of pride to be a part of this project. We
preserved a Toronto landmark, built a new facility and opened up new
green spaces that will be enjoyed by the community for generations to
come. With construction complete, we look forward to our long-term
relationship with our colleagues and friends at Bridgepoint over the
coming 30 years."
SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Minister Matthews' Office