Eyes on Osler Redevelopment

It has been a busy few months for Osler’s redevelopment team with a number of projects and activities taking place across our sites.

We are continuing right through the fall with new and ongoing improvement projects at Etobicoke General that are preparing the existing building for the construction of the new four-storey wing. If you have visited the hospital recently, you may have noticed that paving projects are taking place. The cafeteria will also be undergoing an exciting renovation in the next month that will see the addition of a Subway kiosk, refreshed food service stations and an updated seating area.

Over at Brampton Civic, we were honoured to host two international delegations last week – one from Moscow and the other from Karachi, Pakistan. Both delegations expressed great interest in and appreciation of our Brampton Civic redevelopment experience, as well as a desire to learn more about our hospital operations. This was a tremendous opportunity to connect with international counterparts and share valuable experiences to help make a difference beyond our walls.

And on the Peel redevelopment side, we have been working closely with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the three teams short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility. Since our request for proposals (RFP) was released in June, we have been attending confidential consultations with each bid team and involving clinical and administrative staff to help provide important feedback on the designs that have been submitted. This input is important and helps all teams further develop and enhance their bid before the RFP period closes in December.

Once a preferred construction team has been selected following this process, it is expected that construction on the new facility will begin in Spring 2014.

To help share this information more broadly and to raise awareness of the new Peel Memorial, we are heading out into the community and hosting a special event. On Tuesday, October 29 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, we will be on-hand at Shoppers World in Brampton to staff an information booth. We are looking forward to answering questions from our community about the new Peel Memorial, listening to feedback, and sharing more details about our plans for the facility.

If you are in or around Shoppers World on October 29, please drop by our booth to say ‘hi’!

Fostering bold, new partnerships in health care

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A new partnership is unfolding with the potential to benefit patients in our community, across Canada, and around the world.

On Monday, October 7, Osler will be hosting an event to announce a new partnership with Canadian Blood Services. The event will recognize Osler as only one of four hospitals in Canada – and the only community hospital – that will help Canadian Blood Services build a national public cord blood bank.

What this means is that over the coming months, we will be working with Canadian Blood Services on creating a collection site for umbilical cord blood at our Brampton Civic site.

We are pleased to partner with Canadian Blood Services on this important initiative. Currently, patients from diverse populations have a greater challenge finding stem cell matches. Given the fact that Osler serves a growing and diverse community, our collection efforts will be significant – benefitting patients by providing additional opportunities for finding a match, and helping to save more lives.

As one of the largest health care providers in the province, this partnership with Canadian Blood Services can help us make a meaningful difference to patients, the communities we serve and beyond. It is an excellent example of Osler’s mandate to foster bold, new partnerships to create a unified system and speaks to Osler’s vision: Patient-inspired health care without boundaries.

As a son, brother, uncle and parent I think that this is a tremendously important initiative and one that we can be proud to have a role in.

We will continue to share more news about our partnership with Canadian Blood Services and about the significant role we have as a collection site in the months ahead.