Construction recently began on the new patient care tower at Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General Hospital. This is the largest construction project in the hospital’s history.
The project, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and B + H Architects, includes a new eight-storey patient care tower and a three-storey building that will connect to the existing structure, adding approximately 550,000 square feet of new space. Renovations will also be made to the existing facility.
The Ontario government is investing up to $436.2 million in the redevelopment project. The project is being funded using Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model.
When the LEED Silver-targeting project is complete, it will feature 215 larger, safer inpatient beds, including 15 new beds; more single-patient rooms, improving privacy, safety and infection control; redeveloped mental health inpatient units for adult, child and youth care; new co-located renal, cardiac and chest care clinics; increased use of natural light, green rooftops and lush community landscaping; state-of-the-art equipment and technology to enhance patient care and workplace efficiency; and a new four-level parking structure.
“Michael Garron Hospital has been providing first-class care to east Toronto for nearly 90 years,” said Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release. “These renovations will enable the hospital to continue to deliver efficient, accessible, high-quality services to meet the changing needs of the local community.”
Construction on the new patient care tower at Michael Garron Hospital is expected to be completed in fall 2023.