New site for Humber River Regional Hospital announced



    New hospital site "outstanding news for our patients and community": HRRH
    Board Chair Norm Naumoff

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Ontario government lands at Keele Street and
Wilson Avenue will be the new home of Humber River Regional Hospital, Minister
of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan announced today.
    "Besides leasing approximately 30 acres of land to Humber River Regional
Hospital for a new state-of-the art acute care hospital in northwest Toronto,
we're investing more than $5 billion in health care infrastructure over five
years - the largest investment in more than a generation," said Caplan. "It's
also part of our commitment to make the best use of the government's real
estate assets, in the best interest of the public."
    "As the centerpiece of our redevelopment plans, our new home will be a
technologically-advanced acute care hospital," said HRRH Board Chair Norm
Naumoff, "with more beds, state-of-the-art diagnostics, more ER capacity and
modern infectious disease containment systems to protect our community. This
is great news for our patients and their families."
    HRRH President & CEO Dr. Rueben Devlin noted that "everyone wins today.
Our staff and physicians will soon have a modern facility in which to work;
our community will have more health care services closer to home; and our
patients will benefit from treatment in Ontario's newest hospital."
    "This is the greatest news in a year of good news for Humber River," said
HRRH Chief of Staff Dr. Jack Barkin. "Our new Centre of Excellence for
bariatric surgery announced in February, receiving the Canadian Nurses
Association 2006-2007 Employer Recognition Award for Innovation in July and
now the announcement of our new hospital site. It's a credit to the talented
and dedicated physicians and staff who have supported this hospital and our
plans for the future."
    "Our government has a vision of a health care system that will help keep
Ontarians healthier, provide care when they are sick, and that will be there
for their children and grandchildren," said George Smitherman, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care. "By upgrading and modernizing Humber River Regional
at this new site, we are making that vision a reality."
    "This new facility will be a great asset to the people served by Humber
River and our entire Network," explained Central Local Health Integration
Network Chair Ken Morrison. "It's going to improve access to important acute
and emergency services for thousands of patients in our region, and help us
recruit and retain vital medical manpower, notably for specialized services. I
know the Humber River team are dedicated to making this new hospital something
special."





For further information:

For further information: Gerard Power, Director, Public and Corporate
Communications, Humber River Regional Hospital, (416) 243-4448,
gpower@hrrh.on.ca

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