Ontario says it’s spending billions of dollars to build a new hospital in Mississauga, Ontario, and expand another in Toronto.
Premier Doug Ford says together, the projects will add more than 500 hospital beds to the province.
“This pandemic has reminded us of the importance of having ready access to hospital beds when they’re needed most. Our government will never waiver in our efforts to protect our progress by delivering modern hospitals with more beds to meet the needs of our growing communities today and for generations to come,” Ford added.
The new Mississauga hospital site is expected to be home to one of the largest emergency departments in Ontario — in addition to having more operating rooms and beds.
The redevelopment plans also include a new inpatient care tower at the Queensway Health Centre to centralize continuing care and rehabilitation services for patients, while also adding over 150 new beds.
“Our government made a commitment to end hallway health care and build a better, connected health care system centred on the needs of patients. As we celebrate Trillium Health Partners’ 10-year anniversary, this new investment to support THP’s redevelopment is just one way we are delivering on that commitment,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
He’s billing it as part of a pre-pandemic pledge to end “hallway medicine” that has gained new urgency due to COVID-19.
Both hospitals – the Mississauga Hospital and the Queensway Health Centre – are part of Trillium Health Partners, which the province says is receiving more than $27 million in extra operational funding this fiscal year.
The province says demand for health care at Trillium Health Partners is expected to expand to seven times that at the average Ontario hospital over the next 20 years due to Peel Region’s booming population.
Ford says Wednesday’s announcement is part of a plan to spend $30 billion over 10 years on increasing hospital capacity.
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