While most Canadians know that waiting at the hospital is never any fun, we still care about the options available for those who are sick or injured. Citizens in Toronto should be excited to learn that the city is about to get a brand new hospital.
West Park Healthcare Centre is currently located in York, in the northern area of the city. While the healthcare centre is already operating, they broke ground today on a brand new hospital that will be coming to Toronto in 2023.
The new hospital will be built overlooking the Humber Valley River and will stand at six-stories high. Inside the facility, 80% of rooms available will be assigned in single-patient rooms with a personal three-piece ensuite to aim at improving infection control.
The facility will also have a strong focus on outpatient care space during construction and will actually be creating double the space they have at their current facility.
Part of the new West Park Healthcare Centre will be the inclusion of programming focused on nature to help patients heal. Part of the billion dollar project is including many outdoor therapeutic spaces and terraces on each floor of the facility.
This addition is to help both patients and their families to connect to nature, which has been proven to help improve emotional and psychological well being.
It was an honour to attend the West Park Healthcare Centre groundbreaking ceremony with @MonteMcNaughton this morning. We are committed to investing in healthcare and infrastructure. I know firsthand how important the care offered at West Park is to patients and their families. pic.twitter.com/5XdTTum9i4— Doug Ford (@fordnation) October 11, 2018
Premiere Doug Ford spoke proudly about the new project and hospital on Thursday. He stated "for more than a century they've made a huge difference for countless patients and their families. Our government is proud to support West Park and its healthcare staff."
Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care told media that she looks forward to the hospital as a new addition in the Humber Valley. "The new West Park Healthcare Centre is an important project that will support patients and families in Toronto by providing access to therapeutic spaces for generations to come. This unique hospital will offer specialized rehabilitative and complex care while focusing on bringing peace of mind to patients rehabilitating from a life-altering illness or injury."
Because West Park Healthcare specializes in rehabilitation and complex care, they are typically health care providers to those who have experienced life-altering illnesses or injuries.
This new restorative project will help ensure that patients who need help can receive it, while also staying in a facility that feels like home.