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Ontario Opening More Transitional Care Beds in the Greater Toronto Area

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Ontario Opening More Transitional Care Beds in the Greater Toronto Area

Investments in Innovative Frontline Care Models Will Help End Hallway Health Care

Ministry of Health

TORONTO — Across Ontario, 15 per cent of patients needlessly remain in hospitals waiting to transition to another, more appropriate health care facility or provider. This creates unnecessary strain on the health care system and worsens capacity pressures in Ontario's hospitals. That's why Ontario is investing in innovative frontline care solutions to help end hallway health care. 

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at the Reactivation Care Centre - Church Site in Toronto, a facility that supports patients in their transition from a hospital to home or alternate care, formerly Humber River Hospital, to announce the opening of two additional inpatient units that will add 40 more beds to the centre.

"Our government will end hallway health care by investing in innovative frontline care models like the Reactivation Care Centre that help make more beds available for patients transitioning between a hospital and their home," said Elliott. "The centre provides the right level of care for patients who no longer need to be in a hospital but are waiting to transition to home, community or long-term care. Models like these help ease hospital capacity challenges and are a great example of innovative, collaborative solutions among health care providers from across the Greater Toronto Area."

Renovations to the new units are expected to be completed in December 2019 and will increase the total number of transitional beds to 250 at the Church site. Patients will benefit from restorative care in a setting where, in addition to high-quality nursing care, they will receive therapeutic programming that promotes activity, social interaction and function to help improve health outcomes and experiences.

"The Reactivation Care Centre provides rehabilitation and support to help patients transition out of acute care hospitals and back home or to a more appropriate facility. A collaboration between several hospitals, it is an excellent example of the innovation needed to end hallway health care in Ontario, in addition to system-wide solutions to increase access to care across the continuum," said Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association.

"Building on the success of the Finch and Church Reactivation Care Centres, the opening of the C-Wing will continue the implementation of this proven model of care, focused on re-activation and transitioning patients back to the community," said Barb Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital. "We are grateful to the Ontario government for this funding as it will positively impact hallway health care, adding new spaces to increase capacity in acute care."

 "Trillium Health Partners is pleased to continue partnering with the Government of Ontario to find ways to support the growing needs of our community," said Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO, Trillium Health Partners. "This new unit will improve access to high quality care that promotes and supports patient activity and interaction in a welcoming space while helping to address overcapacity challenges at our acute hospital sites. Our current unit has been a success and we look forward to expanding these services to more people."

Quick Facts

  • Six Greater Toronto Area hospitals are collaboratively working together at the Reactivation Care Centre – Church site, including Humber River Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Unity Health Toronto’s St. Joseph's Health Centre site, William Osler Health System, and Trillium Health Partners.
  • Humber River Hospital Health is working with Trillium Health Partners to renovate the centre’s C-Wing.
  • Ontario is committed to invest $27 billion over the next 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure.

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