Ontario Celebrates New Women's College Hospital
State-of-the-Art Facility Will Improve Health Care in the GTA
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne helped mark the official reopening of Women's College Hospital in downtown Toronto. Ontario has invested nearly $1 billion in the new hospital, which replaces existing, outdated buildings and consolidates most services in a single location.
Ontario's investment will help ensure that patients have better access to health services. The new state-of-the-art building offers patients a full range of ambulatory services, including:
- An easily accessible hub of programs, clinics and services designed especially for women and with women's needs in mind
- Comprehensive services in breast, thyroid and skin cancers
- Improved access to medical and diagnostic imaging services
- Two more operating rooms.
The facility will also house the Women's College Research Institute, which will support clinical research on women's health issues.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Improving access to health care through infrastructure investments is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Ontario plans to invest $12 billion over 10 years in modern hospital infrastructure. About 35 major projects are being planned or are under construction across the province.
- Women’s College Hospital is Ontario’s first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital with a primary focus on women’s health.
- Construction on the redevelopment project began in July 2010 and was completed in September 2015. At its peak, more than 300 workers were on site daily.
- The new buildings have been designed with environmentally responsible and sustainable features in order to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which includes rigorous requirements for energy management and conservation.
- Infrastructure Ontario partnered with Women’s College Hospital to deliver the project using an Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) approach. The AFP model is an innovative way of financing and procuring large public infrastructure projects by making the best use of private-sector resources and expertise to provide project delivery.
“Women’s College Hospital is a pioneer in women’s health and a leader in innovation. Ontario’s investment in this remarkable new facility will improve access to high-quality health care and help deliver on our commitment to put patients first.”
“The new Women’s College Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility offering a full range of quality health care services within a structure designed to keep the patient experience top-of-mind. Improved access to key services, better patient flow, and increased privacy will provide an overall improved patient experience for the women this incredible hospital serves. It gives me great pleasure to stand inside this beautiful building today and mark this important occasion.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“More than a decade ago, government, healthcare and industry leaders came together with the aspiration of creating the hospital of the future: an academic, ambulatory hospital that advocates for and advances the health of women and develops solutions for the most pressing issues facing our health system. I am so proud to be standing in the very place we envisioned together — the new Women’s College Hospital.”