Toronto Western Hospital’s new surgical tower
Located in vibrant and multi-cultural downtown Toronto, North America’s fastest-growing city, UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital is a leading medical and institution in Canada, offering exceptional care to a diverse patient population with a community feel.
World-leading surgical teams within UHN’s Sprott Department of Surgery perform many of the most technically complex surgeries – often unavailable elsewhere – relating to the brain and nervous system, bones and muscles, the eyes, cancer, the abdomen and urology, emergency and acute care, and much more.
Toronto Western Hospital was constructed over a century ago and has more than 450,000 patient visits annually. The current surgical infrastructure does not meet today’s growing patient volumes or match the advanced skills of our surgical teams – some of the best and brightest in the world. It is time for Toronto Western Hospital to set a new standard for patient care while bringing much-needed additional capacity to the Ontario healthcare system.
To meet this need, we are breaking ground on a new 15-storey tower featuring state-of-the-art surgical facilities, patient floors and support services, set to open in 2027 – but we need donor support to help fund the construction.
An urgent need for improved surgical space at Toronto Western Hospital
Operating rooms and most inpatient beds are currently located in one of the oldest wings of the hospital. While our teams perform incredible surgical feats every day, surgeries are delayed because we are pushing the limits of what can be accomplished in the space we have.
The tower will add 80 new beds to the healthcare system to meet growing surgical needs. The COVID-19 pandemic, plus the resulting backlog of a million surgeries in Ontario, has taught us we must be able to support this surge in patients and have flexible spaces in one building to best manage public health crises and offer greater infection control.
To continue leading the world in cutting-edge treatments and procedures, we must continually invest in innovation and technology that supports and accelerates healing and recovery.
As one of Canada’s top hospitals, with international, world-renowned expertise, Toronto Western is well-positioned to build a new surgical tower, equipped with the most advanced operating rooms, an exceptional patient-centred experience and a culture of surgical innovation, powered by the latest technology.
More than bricks and mortar, the surgical tower will foster a culture of innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement, where everyone, from physician to patient, is empowered to improve the patient journey and advance the way we deliver care.
Toronto Western Hospital’s new surgical tower will:
Visitors and family members will also benefit from a redesigned space with improved amenities, so patients can have their loved ones close by in a comfortable setting.
Increase the number of procedures performed and decrease patient wait times by growing our space by 200,000 square feet and 20 state-of-the-art surgical suites. This will include specialized suites with MRI, CT and angiography imaging to allow for seamless and specialized care, faster diagnosis and better decision-making before, during and after surgery.
Harness the power of surgical advancements, artificial intelligence and smart technologies to increase efficiency, the number of minimally invasive surgeries, and the quality and safety of care, to enable faster healing for patients whenever possible.
Add 80-plus beds and new surgical suites, enabling Toronto Western Hospital to accept more patients from across the province.
To make this incredible new era of surgical care a reality for Toronto – and Canada – we are raising $275 million to ensure patients remain at the centre of care and elevate our space to better serve the talents of our incredible teams.
We need your support to help us take patient care and surgical practice to new heights.
Farzana Rajwani, CFRE
Campaign Director, Major Gifts