This week’s guest blogger is Ann Ford, Joint VP, Facilities and Redevelopment.
Osler’s transformative journey started with one question: how do we improve patient care in our community? While there are many answers, the expansion and revitalization of our three hospitals was near the top of the list. After years of planning, Osler’s renewal is quickly becoming a reality.
We’ve reached another exciting milestone at Etobicoke General Hospital with the announcement of the three teams we’ve chosen as potential candidates to design, build, finance and maintain the hospital’s new four-storey wing. This brings us one step closer to completion on a new, state-of-the-art wing that is set to transform Etobicoke General.
This selection process is the same as the one we used to determine the construction team for the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness as each of the short-listed teams include a developer, design/builder, finance group, and a facility maintenance provider. I am pleased to announce the short-listed teams: EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership, and Plenary Health.
These three teams will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) that is expected to be issued in the coming months. In the meantime, we will be preparing the existing building and systems for the new addition with a series of Early Works projects while we start planning for the construction of a new Ancillary Services Building (ASB) that will house a number of outpatient programs and services.
As Peel Memorial continues to rise from the ground, we are finalizing the requirements for our patient care spaces. Full scale mock ups of clinical spaces – complete with all equipment and finishes – have been created to give staff the opportunity to test out functionality and flow before construction takes place. Staff from a number of departments have already viewed and provided feedback on these spaces, which has resulted in changes that will be applied to the final design.
Over the next year we will open the doors to Osler staff, physicians, our patient advisors and potential donors so they can get a glimpse of what the new Peel Memorial will look like.
Over at Brampton Civic Hospital, we are continuing to renew and refresh our clinical areas as we plan for the future. Some programs currently located at Brampton Civic will move to Peel Memorial when it opens and our redevelopment team is working hard to determine the best use for those spaces.
As we continue to transform all three of our sites, I look forward to sharing exciting news about our progress as it happens!