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Premier Kathleen Wynne joins Osler for Grand Opening of the new Peel Memorial

Dignitaries, donors and community members join physicians, staff and volunteers to celebrate opening of the new, state-of-the-art outpatient hospital

April 12, 2017 BRAMPTON – On April 12, William Osler Health System (Osler) welcomed dignitaries – including Premier Kathleen Wynne, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa – along with local MPPs, donors and community partners to celebrate the grand opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

“I’m thrilled to see the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness officially open here in Brampton,” said Vic Dhillon, MPP, Brampton West. “This is great news for people in our community, who will have access to a full range of health care services under one roof. This hospital demonstrates our government’s commitment to providing families with top quality health care close to home.”

Located in the heart of downtown Brampton, the new, state-of-the-art outpatient hospital focuses on treatment of patients who do not require an overnight stay in hospital and offers an extensive list of specialty and day clinics, as well as health services and programs focused on the unique needs of seniors, children, people requiring mental health services, and individuals living with chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma.

“It’s really quite remarkable to think about how, when and where this journey began,” said Maria Britto, Chair, Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Board of Directors. “A new and innovative approach to the delivery of health care services, the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness represents the bold vision and immeasurable support of an entire community.”

The main service areas at the new Peel Memorial include:

  • Urgent care

  • High-tech diagnostics

  • Day surgery

  • Women, children’s & adolescent’s health

  • Community mental health and addictions

  • Rehab and Senior’s wellness

  • Dialysis

“For more than 80 years, Peel Memorial Hospital served the health care needs of the Brampton community,” said Her Worship, Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton. “The new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness is going to serve the health care needs of our community long into the 21st century. It is the most innovative health care facility in Canada, and will provide cutting edge ambulatory care and medical clinics.”

At Peel Memorial, partnerships with other leading health organizations and complementary health providers – such as naturopaths and chiropractors – will make it easier for patients to get the care they need, when and where they need it most. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Peel Memorial’s Urgent Care Centre is staffed by emergency-trained physicians and staff, and equipped with high-tech diagnostic and lab services. It provides the community with another excellent option for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

“The tremendous cooperation that has been provided to Osler throughout Peel Memorial’s redevelopment journey has been unprecedented, and a true partnership in coming together to renew and revitalize this hospital,” says Vanita Varma, Osler Board Chair. “We are beyond grateful to the Ontario government, the City of Brampton, Osler Foundation, and to the residents of this community for their incredible investment in the future of health care in this region, and their continued support along the way.”

Osler’s two other hospital sites – Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General - will work seamlessly with the new Peel Memorial closely so that patients can easily move between the three facilities, depending on their needs.

“Peel Memorial represents what is best about this community, and the many selfless donors, champions and volunteers who have a long legacy of passion, leadership and generosity,” said Kulvir Singh Gill, Board Chair, Osler Foundation. “I know we will continue to count on that legacy as we grow to meet the needs of our community.”

The dignitaries, hospital and community leaders participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the historic milestone. Following that, a time capsule was buried near the front entrance of the hospital. The capsule contains various items including hospital equipment, photographs, articles, and documents that reflect health care practices and achievements of Osler today. It also contains writing and drawings of schoolchildren from two Brampton elementary schools, sharing their thoughts about their own health care practices, and what hospitals will look like in the future.

“This is a historic day for the William Osler Health System, and a truly exciting time for health care in Brampton and the surrounding area,” says Joanne Flewwelling, Interim President and CEO, Osler. “With the opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, we are providing this growing community with even greater access to the important services they need most, while focusing on health, wellness and prevention of illness and chronic disease."