Ontario Improving Access to Care with Major Expansion of Toronto Western Hospital
Province Increasing Capacity for Surgeries and Post-Operative Care
Ontario is increasing access to high-quality care for patients and families by expanding space for surgeries and post-operative care offered at University Health Network's Toronto Western Hospital site.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the hospital today to announce the redevelopment project.
The expansion will address the growing demand for care by increasing operating room capacity and redeveloping the space for both pre-operative services and post-operative care. As the hospital uses state-of-the-art technology to conduct research and offer pioneering treatments, the project will also modernize existing infrastructure to be able to adapt to changing technology.
Toronto Western Hospital offers a wide range of surgeries, including transplant, cancer, eye, spine, head and neck, musculoskeletal, general and plastic. The hospital also houses Ontario's largest neurosurgical program providing care for patients with highly complex conditions. The surgeons at Toronto Western Hospital are well known for their advanced training in their specialties and perform some of the most technically difficult procedures in the world.
Building and expanding hospitals is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Toronto Western Hospital’s Sprott Department of Surgery is one of the largest surgical programs in Canada, performing more than 25,000 operations annually in 39 staffed operating rooms.
- In October, Ontario announced funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province this year. This investment includes 20 additional beds for University Health Network to provide access to care and reduce wait times, whether in hospital, at home or in the community.
- Ontario is making the largest investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history – more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014-15. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“Building space to offer more surgeries at Toronto Western Hospital is another example of our commitment to improving access to the best care. By upgrading surgical infrastructure for this world-renowned hospital, we are helping patients across the province, the country and even the world access the best health care now and in the future.”
“This investment in support of Toronto Western Hospital’s Surgical Services is critical to our ability to provide Ontarians with the very best in surgical care in areas such as neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and specialty services such as the bariatric surgical program and the hand program. With this funding, we will be able to respond to the province’s growing needs by improving access to care and creating infrastructure that supports more effective and innovative surgical procedures.”
Dr. Charlie Chan