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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — The Ontario government is making the largest single hospital infrastructure investment in Ontario history by making a multi-billion-dollar investment to build a new, state-of-the-art Mississauga hospital and expanding Queensway Health Centre, both of which are part of Trillium Health Partners, (THP).
“The redevelopment and expansion projects at THP will ensure we have the modern facilities and much-needed capacity to deliver high quality, exceptional care to this community for generations to come. I want to thank the government and our local MPPs for working in partnership with THP, and for this historic investment in the future of health care in this community,” – Karli Farrow, president and chief executive officer, Trillium Health Partners.
Over the next 20 years, the demand for health care services offered by Trillium Health Partners is expected to increase by nearly seven times more than the average hospital in Ontario as the Peel and Etobicoke communities continue to grow. In anticipation of this growth, the Ontario government's investment will add over 600 more hospital beds and expand services to improve access to care and reduce wait times for patients in Peel Region, Etobicoke and surrounding communities.
“This investment represents the largest hospital renewal plan in Ontario's history,” said premier Doug Ford.“This pandemic has reminded us of the importance of having ready access to hospital beds when they're needed most. Our government will never waver in our efforts to protect our progress by delivering modern hospitals with more beds to meet the needs of our growing communities today and for generations to come.”
The new, fully redeveloped Mississauga hospital is anticipated to include one of the largest emergency departments in Ontario, increase the number of operating rooms and add over 350 additional new beds. The redevelopment plans also include a new inpatient care tower at the Queensway Health Centre to centralize complex continuing care and rehabilitation services for patients, while also adding over 150 new beds.
These important hospital infrastructure projects will help meet the health care needs patients and families in Peel Region, Etobicoke and the surrounding areas by reducing wait times and providing a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive high-quality care.
“Our government made a commitment to end hallway health care and build a better, connected health care system centred on the needs of patients. As we celebrate Trillium Health Partners' 10-year anniversary, this new investment to support THP's redevelopment is just one way we are delivering on that commitment,” said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health.“Together, we are ensuring that patients and families in Peel Region will continue to have access to high-quality care for generations to come and ensure our health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario.”
“Prioritizing patient care where it is needed most is an essential part of our government's plan to build Ontario and ensure services people rely on are available now and in the future,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, minister of finance.“A global pandemic has highlighted the need to build capacity by getting shovels in the ground on health infrastructure, which is why we are prioritizing this type of critical investment in Ontario.”
“We are working hard to ensure all Ontarians have access to the high-quality services and supports they need most in their daily lives,” said Kinga Surma, minister of infrastructure.“That is why we are committed to investing in critical health care and long-term care infrastructure projects like the expansion and modernization of the Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario is investing $30.2 billion over the next ten years to build, expand and enhance hospitals, a historic commitment to ensure people can get the quality care they need in their communities.”
The 2021 budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy , outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22, bringing the total additional investment in hospitals since the start of the pandemic to over $5.1 billion. This includes an increase of $778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services, and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum 1 per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.
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