More Hospital Beds, Faster Care for Families in East Toronto
Construction Begins on New Patient Care Tower at Michael Garron Hospital
Ontario is helping patients in east Toronto get faster access to high-quality health care by expanding and modernizing Michael Garron Hospital to meet the needs of the growing community.
Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General Hospital, today to celebrate the start of the largest construction project in the hospital's history.
The project includes a new eight-storey patient care tower and a three-storey building that will connect to the current structure. Renovations will also be made to the existing building.
When the project is complete, patients in east Toronto will benefit from:
- 215 larger, safer inpatient beds, including 15 new beds
- More single-patient rooms, improving privacy, safety and infection control
- Redeveloped mental health inpatient units for adult, child and youth care
- New renal, cardiac and chest care clinics, co-located for easy access
- Increased use of natural light, green rooftops and lush community landscaping
- State-of-the-art equipment and technology to enhance patient care and workplace efficiency
- A new four-level parking lot.
Building and expanding hospitals is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario is investing up to $436.2 million in the Michael Garron Hospital redevelopment project. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2023.
- The redevelopment project is expected to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification for design excellence and sustainability. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
- Michael Garron Hospital is a full-service community teaching hospital with several research partners including the University of Toronto. In 2016-17, there were 19,889 inpatient hospital admissions, 20,676 surgeries and 76,542 emergency department visits.
- As part of a provincial investment to help reduce wait times, Michael Garron Hospital will receive $6.04 million in operating funding in 2018-19. This includes funding for 86 additional MRI hours for high-risk patients and over 126 cataract surgeries. The hospital will also receive more than $1.6 million in one-time funding to support the hospital’s busy emergency department.
- This project is being delivered using Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
- Ontario’s health care budget will total $61.3 billion in 2018-19 — a five per cent increase from the previous year.
“People in east Toronto expect and deserve the best care that our high-quality public health care system can offer. That’s why I’m pleased this major redevelopment to modernize the Michael Garron Hospital campus will expand and upgrade necessary services, as well as improve access to the excellent care its staff provides. Whether you visit the hospital once a year or once in a lifetime, it’s important to know you’ll get the right care when you need it. That’s why our government is making significant new investments in hospitals and health care in Toronto and across the province — because care is the foundation for creating more fairness and opportunity in Ontario now and for future generations.”
“Michael Garron Hospital has been providing first-class care to east Toronto for nearly 90 years. These renovations will enable the hospital to continue to deliver efficient, accessible, high-quality services to meet the changing needs of the local community.”
“I’m honoured to be taking part in this historic event for our community. Our government’s investment of nearly a half billion dollars, along with community donors to the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, will have a positive impact on thousands of lives for generations to come. I congratulate ministry and hospital staff on their tireless and passionate commitment to this project, and will continue to advocate for our local health resources in the months and years ahead.”
“After 10 years of planning, I am thrilled to officially start construction on the modern and holistic health care centre that the east Toronto community expects and deserves. This historic milestone would not be possible without the tremendous support of our extended community and significant investment from the government of Ontario.”