Redefining the Boundaries of Care

    $3 Million Planning and Development Grant for West Park Approved by

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - A major redevelopment of West Park Healthcare
Centre which will redefine the boundaries of rehabilitative care received a $3
million boost today with the awarding of a planning and development grant from
the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
    The grant, the first major step in the approval process from the
Ministry, was announced at West Park's Annual General Meeting during a special
ceremony involving local dignitaries, patients and staff.
    "The Ontario government's investment in West Park signals a commitment to
the importance of rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long term care
services for the people of York South-Weston. I want to commend West Park's
staff - its nurses, doctors and healthcare workers - its Board and senior
management for their leadership and foresight to move this project from a
vision to the first big step in the redevelopment process," said Laura
Albanese, MPP York South-Weston.
    The grant announced today allows West Park to begin compiling a business
case to support the development. The business case will include details on
estimated costs, site and building plans, fundraising strategy and other
operational issues.
    "The planned redevelopment will ensure West Park remains at the forefront
of delivering the highest quality specialized rehabilitation, complex
continuing and long-term care to our patients and residents and our
community," said Anne-Marie Malek, President and CEO of West Park. "We are
pleased to have gotten this far, but we must remember redevelopment planning
is a lengthy process which could take several years to complete before
construction even begins."
    The redevelopment of West Park will be divided into stages, including
redevelopment of the healthcare centre to begin once the plan receives final
approval by the government and is included in the provincial 10-year capital
    Since the cost of a new hospital project is covered by both the Ministry
and "local share" contributions from the hospital, West Park's Foundation is
planning to undertake a capital fundraising campaign.
    "We are committed to keeping our communities involved and informed and we
will expand our communications with the community and stakeholder consultation
through all stages of planning in the coming months," said Malek.
    West Park Healthcare Centre provides specialized rehabilitation, complex
continuing care and long term care services, helping people overcome their
health barriers to live the fullest lives possible after the onset of an
illness or injury. The Centre is also recognized internationally for its
expertise and research in respiratory medicine, particularly for its care for
people with tuberculosis, and its rehabilitation services for those with
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For further information:

For further information: Vince Rice, Director, Public Relations, West
Park Healthcare Centre, Phone: (416) 243-3730, Email:

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