Ontario Investing in Hospital Infrastructure at SickKids

TORONTO — Ontario is home to world leading children’s health care, but young, vulnerable patients are receiving care in buildings that do not reflect the high-quality, specialized services they deliver.

To help protect what matters most, Ontario’s Government for the People today renewed its commitment to invest in the construction of the new Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower and the expansion of the blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy unit. This commitment is part of the government’s overall investment of $27 billion over the next 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure across the province.

“We made a promise to protect what matters most to Ontario families and to end hallway health care,” said Ford. “Today, we are delivering on that promise by committing to support the redevelopment and expansion of key paediatric services at SickKids so children for generations to come will be able to access the world-class paediatric care they need.”

When the full-campus redevelopment of SickKids is completed, patients and families will benefit from modernized and expanded services for:

  • Critical care;
  • Paediatric surgery;
  • Emergency medicine;
  • Outpatient diagnostics;
  • Specialty outpatient clinics; and
  • Blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy.

“The new Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower and expansion of the current blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy unit at SickKids will make a real difference in the lives of young patients and their families,” said Elliott. “Together, these projects will provide a modernized space to deliver specialized, life saving care to Ontario’s most vulnerable patients, while also setting the foundation for this world-leading hospital to continue advancing children’s health through integrated care, research and education.”

While the long-term redevelopment project—known as Project Horizon—is underway, the renovation of SickKids’ current blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy unit will increase services for patients in isolation. The renovation of this unit is expected to be completed by summer 2022.

“Thanks to the Government of Ontario, we will be able to build a family and patient-centred hospital of the future, one that continues to provide the world-class, high-quality care that SickKids is known for,” said Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO of SickKids. “The new SickKids will provide the next level of effective, safe and individualized care for patients in state-of-the-art facilities.”

The government would like to thank SickKids and its leadership team for hosting Premier Ford and members of cabinet and caucus earlier today for a tour of the hospital.

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

Quick Facts

  • The SickKids campus redevelopment project is in the early stages of planning and will also include renovation to the existing atrium, expanded parking facilities and a new patient support centre for administration and support services.
  • The blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy unit revitalization includes renovating 9,400 square feet of existing space and is part of the hospital’s redevelopment plans.

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