Ontario celebrates reopening of Women’s College Hospital
By On-Site MagazineConstruction Infrastructure LEED hospital infrastructure LEED women
Premier Kathleen Wynne helped mark the official reopening of Women’s College Hospital in downtown Toronto on June 10. Ontario has invested nearly $1 billion in the new hospital, which replaces existing, outdated buildings and consolidates most services in a single location.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 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.
“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,” said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
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.
- 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.