One of my first duties since stepping into the role of Interim President and CEO was to welcome the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to the new Peel Memorial to recognize substantial completion of the building, a formal ceremony where the builders presented us the keys to the building!
The bright, airy atrium with rainbow-tinted windows was the perfect backdrop for us to recognize the end of major construction of the new outpatient hospital as we prepare to open in February 2017. Not too bad for week one!
Over 150 people gathered in the atrium to celebrate this milestone including the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, MPP Vic Dhillon (Brampton West), MPP Harinder Malhi (Brampton-Springdale), MPP Amrit Mangat (MPP Mississauga Brampton-South), other dignitaries, donors and staff. We also had quite a few local media in attendance who joined dignitaries for a tour of our new facility.
While the hospital won’t open to the public for a few more months, a handful of outpatient counselling clinics and our administrative teams have already moved into their new spaces. When Peel Memorial is fully opened, patients and families in the community will have access to a number of services including:
- Urgent Care Centre that will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and staffed by emergency-trained physicians and staff
- Outpatient Procedures/Day Surgery including cataract and arthroscopic surgery, and minor gynaecology procedures
- Chronic Disease Management focused on education and support to help people with chronic health issues (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular or kidney disease) to manage their condition
- Community Mental Health and Addictions Services including an eating disorders clinic, addictions counselling, and seniors’ behavioural support
- Specialized Clinics for prenatal education, maternal and newborn care, gynaecological and obstetrical services, and services for children and adolescents
- Seniors’ Wellness including geriatric assessment clinics, preventative care, and rehabilitation services all focused on maintaining independence
- Diagnostic Services including x-ray, mammography, ultrasound, CT scans, bone mineral density tests, and laboratory services
- Dialysis Unit that will gradually ramp up to 12 stations
As we continue to put the finishing touches on our clinical spaces, we’ve invited Osler staff, health care partners and the community to get a sneak peek of the building. Over the past week close to 1,000 staff, physicians, partners and members of our community have toured the new Peel Memorial, with nearly 700 community members visiting over the weekend.
We are hosting more community tours at Peel Memorial on December 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information can be found on our website.
The future is certainly bright at Osler as we take the next steps in our journey. We can’t wait until February when we can officially open our doors!