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Osler breaks ground on Etobicoke General’s transformational expansion

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Celebration marks start of construction as part of Osler’s Annual General Meeting

June 29, 2016, ETOBICOKE – Yesterday, dignitaries, health care and business leaders, donors, community members and William Osler Health System’s (Osler) staff, physicians and volunteers gathered together to celebrate the official start of construction on a new, four-story wing at Etobicoke General Hospital.

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, The Honourable Eric Hoskins; Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP for Etobicoke-North; and Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke-Centre, as well as a number of other dignitaries were on hand to help break ground on the expansion.

“This is an exciting time for the community of North Etobicoke as we officially break ground on Etobicoke General Hospital’s transformational expansion and renovation project,” said John Davies, Osler Board Chair. “With the completion of this state-of-the-art four-storey wing, we will ensure that Etobicoke General can provide greater access to the services this community relies on most, like emergency, critical care and women’s and children’s care.”

Etobicoke General, which opened in 1972, is undergoing significant revitalization to meet the growing demands of the community. The new four-storey wing will add about 250,000 square feet of space to the hospital and house services most urgently needed by the community it serves. Some features of the project include:

  • A larger, state-of-the-art emergency department
  • Critical care and intensive care units
  • A maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized nursery
  • A new ambulatory procedures unit
  • Cardiorespiratory and neurodiagnostic services

“Today is a monumental day for Osler, for the staff, physicians and volunteers who work at Etobicoke General, and for the thousands of people who come through the doors of this hospital to seek care for themselves or a loved one,” said Matthew Anderson, Osler President and CEO. “Together with our partners and with the significant support of the Ontario government, we are transforming this hospital and helping change the face of health care in this community for generations to come.”

Osler is also constructing a new ‘own funds’, 200,000 square foot, seven-storey Ancillary Services Building on the Etobicoke General site. This building will replace the aging, existing medical office building with more than twice the square footage of contemporary medical space to house existing ambulatory care clinics and a new satellite dialysis program.

“Behind all the cranes and shovels are our donors, the champions in this community who have made gifts to support the hospital that has served so many, so well for more than 40 years,” said Kulvir Singh Gill, Chair, Board of Directors, William Osler Health System Foundation. “However there is much more to do. With this transformational expansion, it's time for the community to build on this legacy of compassion to ensure our families have the space and care they can rely on at Etobicoke General for generations to come.”

Following the ground breaking and celebration, Osler showcased a year of tremendous achievement at its Annual General Meeting. The event showcased a number of videos highlighting successes from the past year, special tributes to retiring Board members, and presentation of the Kay Blair Community Service Award – which was presented to outgoing Board Chair and retiring Board Member, John Davies.

During the meeting, the Osler Board of Directors bid farewell to John Davies (Chair), as well as Vice Chair, Neil Davis and Dr. Rajiv Gupta, an ex-officio member in his capacity as President of the Etobicoke Professional Staff Association. It also welcomed two new candidates to the Board – Ms. Lisa Coulman and Mr. Michael O’Keefe. In addition, four existing Board members were also recommended for renewal and ratification of their existing terms: Rani Dhaliwal, Beck Hoffland, Jane McMullan and Vanita Varma.

The meeting also featured the launch of a new Android mobile app Emerg Master, developed by two, 15-year old high school students from Flesherton, Ontario. The new gaming app has been designed for use in emergency departments within the Central West region. It was the winning app as part of a national student app contest hosted by Osler with its partners, the Central West Community Care Access Centre and Headwaters Health Care Centre and sponsored by Vena Solutions. The students were presented with a cheque for $10,000 during the meeting, their prize for the winning app.

Get updates on Etobicoke General’s expansion and get the highlights from Osler’s past year, view its Annual Report at

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