TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $794 million to the University Health Network’s (UHN) new state-of-the-art patient tower at Toronto Western Hospital. The hospital will add more beds and operating rooms, to connect more families to convenient care, closer to home.
“This new tower will help provide modern and high-quality care to the more than 450,000 people who visit Toronto Western Hospital each year,” said Premier Doug Ford. “In Toronto and right across the province, our government is making historic investments for a stronger health care system, with more doctors and nurses, more beds and shorter wait times. We’re bringing convenient care closer to home for more people.”
We’re investing almost $800 million in @UHN’s new patient and surgical tower to improve care for the 450,000 people who visit Toronto Western Hospital each year.
This is part of our nearly $50 billion plan to build 50 new and expanded hospital projects across Ontario. pic.twitter.com/hEefxrsNUQ
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) February 6, 2024
Once complete in 2028, the new 15-storey tower, located on the current Toronto Western Hospital campus on Bathurst Street in downtown Toronto, will add:
- 82 patient beds, including new critical care beds;
- 20 state-of-the-art operating rooms, including three new image-guided operating rooms for complex neurosurgical and spinal procedures; and
- New single patient rooms that are also strategically designed to enhance the hospital’s infection control abilities to easily respond to future public health outbreaks.
With this significant investment, UHN will be able to increase the number of surgeries completed by more than 20 per cent over the next 10 years, to provide high-quality care to more people and reduce surgical backlogs. The tower also includes modern digital infrastructure and a more comfortable space for family members and other visitors.
“Under the leadership of Premier Ford our government is making record investments in hospital infrastructure, expanding hospital capacity across the province with shovels in the ground for over 50 new projects to connect people to the care they need, when they need it,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The new University Health Network patient and surgical tower at Toronto Western Hospital is just one part of our plan to ensure patients can access world class, convenient care, for years to come.”
Through Your Health: A Plan For Connected and Convenient Care, Ontario is making it easier and faster for people of all ages to connect to the care they need, where and when they need it. This includes building new and redeveloped hospitals with more space to care for patients, leading to shorter wait times and less hallway health care.
- Ontario’s investments over the next 10 years will lead to nearly $50 billion in health infrastructure across the province, adding 3,000 new beds.
- With nine sites and more than 18,500 staff, UHN consists of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and The Michener Institute of Education.
- Flagship program areas at UHN include cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, vision, arthritis, surgical innovation, genomic and regenerative medicine, oncology, infectious diseases, social medicine, and rehabilitation medicine.
- Toronto Western Hospital acts as a community hospital as well as teaching hospital that receives patients from around the province.
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“UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital has served Toronto and, increasingly, the province for more than 100 years. Our surgical teams perform some of the most advanced surgical procedures to treat the most complex patients. We’re incredibly grateful to the Government of Ontario for this remarkable investment which will help UHN enhance our pioneering work particularly in caring for complex neurological and orthopedic cases from across the province.”
– Dr. Kevin Smith
President and CEO, University Health Network
SOURCE Province of Ontario