Scarborough’s hospital funded to expand Emergency Services
Oct. 11, 2019
Global Korean Post
The Scarborough Health Network has three hospitals: Birchmount hospital, Centenary hospital and General hospital.
On Thursday, October 10, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, and MPPs Christina Mitas and Vijay Thanigasalam, at the Scarborough Health Network – Birchmount hospital to announce that Ontario is investing up to $500,000 to support early planning to redevelop and expand the hospital’s emergency department.
“Our government is committed to ensuring local emergency departments receive the funding they need to improve patient experience and the delivery of care in the community,” said Elliott. “Investing in projects like expanding emergency departments in hospitals like Birchmount is just another example of how Ontario will reduce wait times for emergency care and end hallway health care.”
The emergency department renovation and expansion project at the Birchmount hospital includes the construction of an additional 14,000 square feet and renovations to 11,000 square feet of existing space.
The proposed renovation and expansion project will create more space for emergency care to meet the growing needs of the Scarborough community and bring the facility up to modern standards and, once complete, more than double the size of the existing space. Projects like these will help reduce wait times for patients and families and improve access to integrated care supported through modernized infrastructure.
This investment is part of the government’s plan to build a connected and sustainable public health care system centred around the needs of patients, and commitment to invest $27 billion over the next 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure, adding 3,000 new hospital beds.
At the press conference, the Global Korean Post asked the Minister Ellort if she had any plan to reduce or lift burden for people who need eyes or dental treatment. She replied while explaining the integrated service ‘Local Ontario Team’ to provide the physical care and reduce the gaps of services in Ontario health system.