This week’s guest blogger is Ann Ford, Joint VP, Facilities and Redevelopment
Spring is a time of renewal and Osler’s redevelopment program is blooming.
On May 6, Osler and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) made an exciting announcement. Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership (EHP) signed a $330 million contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new four-storey wing at Etobicoke General Hospital. Shovels will be in the ground by the end of June.
What does this mean for the community? It means that Osler is on the way to adding approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the hospital so we can deliver the programs and services our community needs most, including:
- A larger, state-of-the-art emergency department
- Cardiac Care and Intensive Care Units
- A maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized nursery
- A new ambulatory procedures unit
- Cardiorespiratory and neurodiagnostic services
As we plan for our official public ground breaking ceremony as part of our Annual General Meeting on June 22, we continue our Early Works project to prepare the existing building for the new addition. This work includes replacing existing chillers, upgrading the heating plant, and enhancing electrical and mechanical systems.
Construction has also begun on another building on the Etobicoke General site. The new Ancillary Services Building (ASB) will house a number of outpatient programs and services including a fracture clinic, diagnostic imaging and a satellite dialysis program. A number of changes have been made to parking and traffic flow to accommodate work that is already underway so please follow the detours and travel with care when visiting Etobicoke General.
Over at the Peel Memorial site, we’re on track to complete construction by October 2016. The facility will officially open to the public in early 2017 following installation equipment and furnishing, systems testing and staff orientation. In the meantime, you can keep track of what’s happening on site by viewing our webcam.
These truly are exciting times at Osler. We’re looking forward to growing with our community and will keep you posted on our progress.