North America's First Fully Digital Hospital Opening in Toronto
Ontario Investing Up to $2.13 Billion in State-of-the-Art Humber River Hospital
Humber River Hospital -- North America's first fully digital hospital -- will open its doors in Toronto on October 18, using the most modern technologies to offer patients more efficient, safe, accurate and reliable care.
Ontario is investing up to $2.13 billion in this project. Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the hospital today to mark the completion of the new facility, which will consolidate acute care services that Humber River Hospital now delivers at three separate sites.
The new facility will automate routine processes to enhance patients' experience and allow doctors and nurses to focus more on caring and healing. For example, robots will deliver non-narcotic drugs and other supplies; diagnostic images such as MRI scans will be charted immediately so specialists can review them sooner; and patients will check in on self-serve kiosks that will automate patient records and notify the relevant care teams that the patient has arrived.
Patients will also benefit from:
- An increase in capacity from 549 to 656 beds
- Expanded ambulatory, emergency and critical care services
- Modern diagnostics equipment to enable more detailed and accurate diagnosis and treatment
- Updated infectious disease control systems to monitor and prevent a broad range of infections.
The government is investing more than $130 billion over 10 years in infrastructure such as roads, bridges, transit, hospitals and schools -- the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. The government plans to provide more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years to build adequate infrastructure capacity in the health care sector.
Improving access to health care is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Construction began on Humber River Hospital in September 2011 and, at its peak, more than 1,300 workers were on site daily.
- The hospital will offer expanded ambulatory services, including cancer care, chronic disease management, dialysis, medical day care, medical/surgical/bariatric clinics, paediatric and women’s health, specialized geriatric and mental health and addictions services.
- It will also offer new and enhanced programs and services, such as medical ambulatory clinics, paediatric clinics, specialized geriatric outpatient services, mental health programs, women’s clinics, a geriatric rehabilitation inpatient program, cardiology clinic and respiratory clinic.
- The 1.8 million square foot facility — a bit larger than the 1.6 million square foot Toronto Eaton Centre — will serve more than 850,000 people in the northwestern Greater Toronto Area.
- The hospital was designed and built to adhere to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of resources such as energy and water.
“I am thrilled that North America’s first fully digital hospital is opening right here in Ontario. Our investment in the new Humber River Hospital will reinforce our province’s position as an innovation leader and help deliver on our commitment to put the needs of patients first.”
“This is a significant and exciting milestone for health care in Ontario. North America’s first digital hospital will help put patients first by providing better access to high quality health care services in a modern, high-tech facility.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“Many hospital outpatients are seniors, and with a population of over two million older adults, it has been our goal to ensure Ontario’s seniors receive the best care, and the right care closer to home. This investment is significant because it will increase therapy, medical consultation and emergency services, which benefits the entire surrounding community, and is further proof of our commitment to helping seniors and their families live healthy lives for as long as possible.”
“Infrastructure Ontario is pleased to have partnered with Humber River Hospital to deliver this state-of-the-art acute care hospital using the AFP model. We take a great deal of pride in seeing this project open for patients because we know the immediate, positive impact it will have on the community.”
“Our new hospital was designed with patients and their families in mind, and aligns with our desire to be a hospital that nurtures patient and family-centred care. The latest technology is used as a driver of care enhancements, in a building that will be leading edge not only today, but as we develop even better ways to deliver safe, high quality care as technology and care pathways evolve. We look forward to opening the doors for patient care on October 18th.”