A New Beacon For West Park Healthcare Centre

First physical icon of multimillion-dollar expansion unveiled

TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The symbolic first stake-in-the-ground for West Park Healthcare Centre's multimillion-dollar redevelopment was unveiled today with the construction of a new 7.6 metre (25-foot) sign firmly rooted along one of Toronto's major arterial thoroughfares.

The sign at the north-west corner of Eglinton and Emmett Avenues, features a double-sided, full-coloured LED screen that will promote West Park services and community events.

"This will serve as a beacon for West Park, providing people better access and awareness of the hospital," says Anne-Marie Malek, President and CEO of West Park Healthcare Centre. "Starting today, people will know where we are and how West Park's redevelopment will meet the healthcare needs of the next generation."

The sign was made possible by the support of York South-Weston City Councillor Frances Nunziata and a generous gift by David Weishuhn and Martin Donnelly of Direct Energy of $100,000.

The sign is part of the larger Gateway Entrance Project that also aims to redirect access to West Park's campus off Emmett Avenue. The southern portion of Emmett Avenue will also be ceremonially billed as the "Road to Recovery." New traffic lights, long-advocated by Councillor Nunziata, are also scheduled to be installed at the busy corner this fall.

The prominent landmark signifies the beginning of a new era in healthcare delivery. West Park is creating Ontario's first integrated healthcare campus that will bring together specialized rehabilitative and complex continuing care, primary care, long-term care, and independent living opportunities on a single site. Demand for our services are expected to rise by 50 per cent over the next 20 years.

With zoning approval from the City of Toronto and green light from the Ontario government, West Park's exciting and transformative redevelopment includes the construction of a new Patient Care Centre, major renovations to its Main Building and independent housing and related services for seniors and persons with disabilities. West Park is currently in the planning and design phases of the new buildings, and anticipates construction in the next few years.

West Park Healthcare Centre provides specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long-term care services, helping 9,000 patients annually. Our vision for an integrated campus of care builds on our proven strengths, specialized knowledge and internationally recognized capabilities to help more patients return to their communities, where they can live their lives to the fullest. For more info, visit www.westpark.org.

West Park gratefully acknowledges funding support provided by the Toronto Central LHIN

Image with caption: "West Park Healthcare Centre unveils new sign signifying beginning a major redevelopment. (l-r) John LaFramboise, West Park Foundation; Anne-Marie Malek, West Park Healthcare Centre; Frances Nunziata, City Councillor; and Direct Energy team, Martin Donnelly, Paul Goddard and David Weishuhn (CNW Group/West Park Healthcare Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130626_C3553_PHOTO_EN_28554.jpg

SOURCE: West Park Healthcare Centre

For further information:

Vince Rice, Director, Public Relations
West Park Healthcare Centre
T: 416-243-3730  |  E: vince.rice@westpark.org

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