Etobicoke General Hospital opens new Diagnostic Cardiology and Day Surgery units
Watch a video of the Diagnostic Cardiology and Day Surgery official opening.
Redevelopment plans at Etobicoke General Hospital have taken a significant step forward with the official opening of the new Diagnostic Cardiology and Day Surgery units at Etobicoke General Hospital.
Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP, Etobicoke North, joined Maria Britto, Chair, Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Kay Blair, Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors, Kulvir Singh Gill, Chair, William Osler Health System Foundation, Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System, Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation, and about 100 community members, staff and physicians at Etobicoke General for a celebration of the redeveloped units at the hospital.
During the festivities, an announcement was made about an additional $14 million in funding from the Ontario government for the planning and design of the hospital’s new four-storey wing.
“This is a great step forward in the redevelopment of Etobicoke General Hospital,” says Maria Britto, Chair, Central West LHIN. “The Central West LHIN has a vision for a community hospital that will provide quality health care services to meet the needs of the local community. We look forward to continuing to work with William Osler Health System as the redevelopment continues.”
“With today’s announcement of funds, the Foundation is also looking forward to supporting the building of healing environments that make it possible for our health care programs and services to evolve and grow to support our community for generations to come,” said Kulvir Gill, Chair, William Osler Health System Foundation. “The funding we receive from the community through individuals, families, clubs and businesses is absolutely critical. Today we can see and celebrate the results of this loyal support.”
Etobicoke General Hospital, originally opened in 1972, is undergoing revitalization to meet the growing demands of its community. The renovation of existing areas includes laboratory, day surgery, and diagnostic cardiology, and is part of a broader redevelopment plan to update and improve the facilities at the hospital.
“For 40 years, the community of Etobicoke North has relied on the compassionate care and innovation that Etobicoke General Hospital has provided,” said Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP for Etobicoke North. “To ensure that it continues to meet the needs of this growing and diverse community, we need to support and invest in its future.”
“With today’s announcement, the government has invested almost $20 million to fund the planning and design of redevelopment projects, with a commitment to fund 90 per cent of the construction costs,” said Kay Blair, Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors. “This funding, along with investment from Osler’s Foundation, serves to create fundamental stepping stones that allow us to press forward with our exciting expansion plans.”
Etobicoke General currently operates far beyond its intended capacity. Opening in 1972 with 400 staff, it now has 1,433 staff and 281 physicians, with 283 funded beds.
“With this investment of $14 million, we can continue to move forward with our infrastructure improvement efforts, and of course, our larger redevelopment plans at Etobicoke General,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System. “Our recent renovations to the Diagnostic Cardiology and Day Surgery units – and soon to the Laboratory – are important first steps in beginning our transformation into a community hospital for the 21st century.”