Casey House to build new state-of-the-art facility providing range of
health care services for people living with HIV/AIDS, including new Day
TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Deb Matthews,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Honourable Glen Murray,
Minister of Research and Innovation visited Casey House to highlight an
infrastructure investment in health care services for people living
with HIV/AIDS. Casey House is proceeding with its redevelopment
project to build its new home with tendering scheduled to begin in
The construction of this new building will be as important a milestone
for Casey House as was the opening of its doors in 1988. Today, HIV
infection rates in the Toronto area are at the same level as during the
early days of the epidemic. Casey House will address unmet needs in our
health care system and double its capacity to provide compassionate
treatment and care while maintaining the warm and welcoming environment
that has been the hallmark of Casey House since its inception.
"Casey House is so grateful to the many people who participated in the
extensive consultations required to make our redevelopment possible,"
said Stephanie Karapita, CEO of Casey House. "Over a period of years we
have sought the guidance and insight of a variety of constituent groups
including people living with HIV/AIDS, our clients and their families,
and partner organizations that serve people living with HIV/AIDS in
Toronto, together with neighbourhood residents."
The new Day Health Program will expand Casey House's range of health
care services and will serve as a model for chronic disease management.
The program will provide comprehensive treatment to meet the complex
needs of people living with HIV/AIDS ensuring that they have the
support necessary to remain safely at home. Working alongside agencies
providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS, the program will
complement services currently available in Toronto.
"We're absolutely delighted with this investment by the Ontario
government," said Casey House Board Chair Gael Mourant. "By bringing a
range of HIV/AIDS health care services under one roof, this investment
will improve the health and well-being of a highly vulnerable
population while relieving pressure on local hospitals and avoiding
higher cost means of delivering health care."
Casey House has committed to raise $10 million towards the cost of
redevelopment under a Capital Campaign led by Jaime Watt. "We're going
to build a building that no one has seen before, because we are doing
what no one has done before," said Mr. Watt.
About Casey House - Founded in 1988, Casey House was the first freestanding HIV/AIDS
facility in Canada. Today we are a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital offering
home care and outreach programs. Our commitment is to provide
compassionate, exemplary health care to people living with and affected
by HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with our communities. www.caseyhouse.com
SOURCE Casey House Foundation
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