By guest blogger Ann Ford, VP Facilities, Redevelopment and IT, Chief Privacy Officer
Yesterday was a huge moment in Etobicoke General’s history. For the first time in almost half a century – 46 years to be exact – we got to pull out the red ribbon and scissors and officially open a new health care facility on the Etobicoke site.
The Etobicoke Wellness Center (or EWC for short) is officially open and I couldn’t be more proud. So much thought, time and effort went into this new build to ensure that it met the needs of staff, physicians and, most importantly, patients, not just today but for years to come.
Inside the building, you’ll find several of Etobicoke General’s outpatient services and clinics, including Diagnostic Imaging, a Pre-Anaesthesia Clinic, a new, larger Fracture, Plastics and Wound Clinic and a Diabetes Education Clinic. In 2019, a 36-station satellite dialysis program will also be established there.
If you think the opening of the EWC means the end of hard hats and work boots at Etobicoke General, think again – not quite yet anyway. The EWC is one of two major revitalization projects at Etobicoke General. Next door, a new four-story patient tower, and focus of a $25M capital campaign, is still very much under construction.
The patient tower, scheduled for completion in 2019, will become the new main entrance and lobby to the hospital, with an Emergency Department, Labour and Delivery Unit, NICU, Critical Care Unit and more. Together, these two new facilities will give patients a space that matches the great care they’ve always received at Etobicoke General.
If you haven’t had a chance yet to visit the EWC in person, I invite you to watch the video in this blog to see and hear from Etobicoke General’s own staff and physicians how the new space is positively impacting care.
And if you want even more information on Etobicoke General’s transformation be sure to visit our special redevelopment site.