Ontario Providing More Support for Patients at Baycrest
Province Upgrading Vital Infrastructure, Improving Access to Care
Ontario is improving access to key services and upgrading vital infrastructure at Baycrest Health Sciences -- including replacing the high voltage distribution and emergency power generation systems -- to ensure that patients continue to receive high-quality health care.
Mike Colle, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, was at Baycrest today to make the announcement on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The new funding supports increased access to services that patients and families rely on, as well as ensuring the continued dependable operation of electrical systems in four of the buildings that comprise Baycrest Health Sciences.
With this new support, the facility can continue its role as a global leader in brain health and aging, including offering rehabilitation programs for stroke survivors with cognitive impairment and movement issues, as well as mood and memory clinics for patients with depression and Alzheimer's disease.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Ensuring access to high-quality health care is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.
- Baycrest Health Sciences serves approximately 1,200 seniors per day.
- Construction is planned to begin in spring 2017 and to be completed by fall 2017, upgrading the main Baycrest Hospital, Apotex Centre, Brain Health Centre and Posluns Building.
- The system upgrade is estimated to cost $9.86 million in total. Ontario will invest up to $9.06 million and the hospital will contribute $795,400.
- The province is also providing $356,000 for Baycrest hospital operations as part of the province’s $140 million investment in Ontario hospitals that was announced in November of last year.
- Ontario also announced a funding increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of its 2016 Budget. As a result of these investments, funding to Baycrest Health Sciences has increased by $930,000 in 2016-17.
“Modern infrastructure is important for quality patient care and for the proper functioning of Ontario’s health care system. By upgrading the electrical systems at Baycrest Health Sciences, we are ensuring that patients continue to access high-quality services today and in the future.”
“This Province of Ontario investment in updating Baycrest's infrastructure ensures patients and medical providers and support staff can be at their best when providing medical care.”
“This new investment by the Government of Ontario comes at a critical time. It will help Baycrest ensure essential upgrades are made to our infrastructure in order to improve the environment of care for our patients, staff, and community.”
Dr. William E. Reichman