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William Osler Health System

Osler celebrates transformational renovation and expansion at Etobicoke General Hospital

Dignitaries, health care and business leaders, donors and members of the community joined William Osler Health System (Osler) staff, physicians and volunteers to celebrate a momentous milestone – the “topping off’’ – in the construction of Etobicoke General Hospital’s (EGH) new four-storey patient tower, as well as the site’s new seven-storey Ancillary Services Building (ASB) on June 26.

“Topping off” is a milestone widely recognized in the construction industry and signifies the building reaching its highest point and completion of the building’s structure.

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 for the event.

“The celebration marked a significant step towards delivering on our promise of increased access to innovative health care for this community, for generations to come,” said Vanita Varma, Board Chair, Osler. “Etobicoke General’s is a journey that has involved a strong clinical team delivering high quality health care, and tremendous volunteer and community support. Together with our partners and with the support of the Ontario government, we are transforming this hospital and helping change the face of health care in this community and beyond.”

When it opens in 2018, EGH’s new patient tower will add 250,000 square feet of space for new and expanded departments, such as a larger state-of-the-art emergency department, new intensive and critical care units, new cardiorespiratory and neurodiagnostic services, and expanded women's and children's space.

“Topping off is a key milestone in the project process and a significant step toward substantial completion of a renovation and expansion that will provide the residents of Etobicoke more rapid access to high quality health care,” said Joanne Flewwelling, Interim President and CEO, Osler. “As we approach completion of these projects, we are seeing our vision for the transformation of Etobicoke General Hospital come to life before our very eyes. This is excellent news for our community, and for the staff, physicians and volunteers who are so committed to this hospital.”

The new 200,000 square foot, seven-storey Ancillary Services 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.

Osler Foundation Board Member John Esplen expressed his commitment to raise $25M through the local community to help build and equip the patient tower.

“We are truly fortunate to have wonderful donors and champions, who are helping to ensure we can move forward with this transformational expansion of our 45-year-old hospital,” said John Esplen, Osler Foundation Board Member. “Their work, however, has just begun. We need to equip every room on every floor. Those funds – large and small – must come from the community.”

Orlando Corporation has taken a big step to inspire other donors to come forward, through their matching challenge. For a limited time, donations to help Etobicoke General will be doubled, up to a maximum of $5M.

“When we hit that goal, and I’m confident we will, the community will have helped to generate $10M toward the new patient tower,” said Esplen.

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