This week’s guest blogger is Ann Ford, Joint VP of Facilities, Redevelopment & IT
In just a few short months Osler will receive the keys to our new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (Peel Memorial), setting in motion the final steps towards opening its doors to the community in early 2017!
As we count down to the opening of this brand new facility, construction crews are busy completing all the finishing work and PCL, the contractor, is checking over every inch of the facility to make sure everything is perfect.
While our focus over the last two years has been on construction, we are now turning our attention to ensuring our community is informed about the programs and services that will be offered at Peel Memorial, and educated about the new Urgent Care Centre (slated to open in early 2017) – and when to use it.
We have launched a comprehensive communications/public awareness campaign to help spread this important news. Over the coming months, watch for articles in local papers, videos and photos online and through social media, and information brochures and hand-outs. All these approaches will help you learn more about Peel Memorial and the important role it will play in supporting health and wellness. We’ll also be holding events in late fall and early winter to showcase the new facility – stay tuned for details! In the meantime, watch my Ask Ann video for a peek inside Peel Memorial to see how work is progressing:
Steady progress at Etobicoke General
We broke ground on the new wing and Ancillary Services Building at Etobicoke General in late June and there’s been plenty of activity onsite ever since. We’re continuing to set the stage for the ongoing construction of these new buildings, which means we’re making temporary changes to parking and traffic flow throughout the site. We want to ensure patients and visitors have safe and easy access to the hospital, so here’s what can be expected from now until late fall:
- Parking Lot D – Patient and visitor parking will be reduced in the north visitor parking lot. Once the lot is full, patients and visitors will be directed to park in Lot K, located on the east side of the site.
- Parking Lot K – Additional parking for patients and visitors will be added to Lot K. These additional parking spots will help ease the reduction in parking spaces in Lot D.
- Pay and display parking – To accommodate these changes, all patient parking will be converted to “pay and display.” The staff lot and on-call lot will remain controlled access.
Signs will be posted on the site to reflect these changes and to help direct patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers, as appropriate.
We are doing everything possible to minimize the impact of these parking changes on patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers and appreciate your patience as we work to accommodate construction as we continue to build Etobicoke General!