Helping to End Hallway Health Care in Burlington
Ontario’s Government for the People Improving Patient and Family Access to Quality Health Care in Halton Region
BURLINGTON — Ontario's Government for the People is taking another step toward ending hallway health care for families and patients in Halton Region.
Today, Premier Doug Ford, accompanied by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, were at Joseph Brant Hospital to celebrate the completion and grand opening of its newly expanded facility.
"We are delivering on our promise to end hallway health care as we celebrate the grand opening of Joseph Brant Hospital's redevelopment project," said Ford. "This is another important step toward making sure everyone in Ontario has access to the high-quality care they expect and deserve."
The redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital has created:
- A new seven-storey patient tower with 172 in-patient beds
- A new emergency department
- Two new operating rooms, bringing the total to nine
- 36 additional surgical beds
- 10 additional critical care beds
- Expanded diagnostic imaging services like X-rays, CT scans and MRIs
- A new and expanded cancer clinic
- Expanded outpatient care programs
- A new post-anesthetic care unit
- A renovated neo-natal intensive care unit.
"The newly renovated and expanded spaces at Joseph Brant Hospital will reduce wait times and give patients and families faster access to quality care in a modern setting," said Elliott. "Our government is making smart investments in hospitals across the province, like the redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital, to ensure they are able to meet the needs of growing communities. We are going to put an end to hallway health care and protect our health care system for future generations."
"Infrastructure is for the people. It's about more than just bricks and mortar," said McNaughton. "We are committed to investing in the right infrastructure, at the right time and in the right place, in order to make life easier for all."
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- The Michael Lee-Chin and Family Patient Tower involved construction of a new seven-storey tower that added 425,000 square feet to the existing hospital space, creating approximately 800,000 square feet in total space.
- Joseph Brant Hospital serves a growing community of approximately 180,000 people with over 43,000 emergency department visits and more than 13,000 inpatient admissions last year.
- Ontario is investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including more than 640 new beds and spaces to prepare for flu season.
- Ontario is investing more than $300 million to support the addition of 6,000 new long-term care beds — the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next five years.