On May 1, the government announced that funding has been approved for Trillium Health Partners (THP) to undergo major redevelopment and expansion at both Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. The funding falls within Ontario’s $9 billion budget for 2017 to support new hospital projects across the province.
“Trillium Health Partners continues to see a steady and unprecedented demand for services as our community grows and changes,” said Wayne Bossert, Chair, THP. To address capacity challenges, THP’s proposed expansion plans include the addition of over 500 new hospital beds and replacement of over 500 beds.
The plan would also involve a new acute care tower at the Mississauga Hospital and a new post-acute complex at the Queensway Health Centre. These new facilities would, in turn, free up significant capacity at the Credit Valley Hospital site.
Other projects in the approved plan include a new emergency department, surgical operating rooms and diagnostic imaging at Queensway Health Centre and the renovation and expansion of the Urgent Care Centre and ambulatory services at Credit Valley Hospital.
On July 11, Harinder Takhar, MPP for Mississauga-Erindale announced almost $3 million in funding that Trillium Health Partners will receive from the Ontario government this year under the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
In 2017, the province is investing a total of $175 million through the HRIF with the ultimate goal of providing patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment. Trillium is one of 131 hospitals throughout the province that will benefit from the funding this year.
Funding provided by the province under the HIRF provides funds to supplement a hospital’s existing capital renewal program and helps address upgrade or replacement of such items as roofing systems, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators. It is up to each hospital to determine how the money will be spent based on the items in most critical need of repair or replacement.
“Delivering safe, exceptional care to our patients is our top priority. This funding will allow us to make critical infrastructure repairs and upgrades across our three sites, “noted Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO, THP. Updating nurse call buttons to improve patient safety, upgrading electrical infrastructure serving critical systems, upgrading hot water system delivery and modernizing elevators are among some of the planned improvements for the three Trillium hospitals.
THP is one of the busiest hospitals in Canada with over 1.6 million patient visits, 60,000 surgeries and 8,000 babies delivered annually.
Photo: Credit Valley Hospital, courtesy of Trillium Health Partners