Province approves operating room redevelopment at Toronto Western Hospital

The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced that the Ontario government will help modernize the Toronto Western Hospital’s operating room suites and support services, including magnetic resonance imaging and CT scanning.

“Building space to offer more surgeries at Toronto Western Hospital is another example of our commitment to improving access to the best care,” Minister Hoskins told a news conference. “By upgrading surgical infrastructure for this world-renowned hospital, we are helping patients across the province, the country and even the world access the best healthcare now and in the future.”

Toronto Western Hospital offers a wide range of surgeries, including transplant, cancer, eye, spine, head and neck, musculoskeletal, general and plastic. The neurosurgical program, which does about 17 per cent of Ontario’s activity in that area, provides care for patients with highly complex conditions.

“It’s terrific to have the Ministry’s support, which demonstrates the importance of the surgical program at Toronto Western,” said Tennys Hanson, President & CEO, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation.
“We have superstars in all areas of surgery and this investment from the province, along with the money we raise from the philanthropic community, will ensure they are operating in leading edge, state-of-the-art facilities that match their skills.

State-of-the-art technologies

“UHN is proud of the surgical advancements and innovations that are continually developed at Toronto Western Hospital,” said Dr. Charlie Chan, Interim President & CEO of UHN. “But the infrastructure supporting this important work is more than 30 years old.

“This funding from the province, in addition to the generosity of our donors, will allow us to implement state-of-the-art technologies – and ensure that the needs of patients continue to come first.”

The expansion will address the growing demand for care by increasing operating room capacity and redeveloping the space for both pre-operative services and post-operative care. As the hospital uses state-of-the-art technology to conduct research and offer pioneering treatments, the project will also modernize existing infrastructure to adapt to future technology.

“Operating rooms are a fundamental  part of TW daily activity and the benefits of this investment will be felt each and every day by patients and staff,” said Janet Newton, Vice-President and Site Lead‎, TW.

“We are excited to be part of such a significant project.”

‘Superstars in all areas of surgery’

The province provided UHN with a $1 million planning grant to develop the redevelopment proposal.

The Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Toronto Western provides the most complex surgical treatments for patients with arthritis in Canada with more than 1,000 joint replacements performed each year.

The Toronto Western surgical facilities are part of UHN’s Sprott Department of Surgery, which is one of the largest surgical programs in Canada performing more than 25,000 operations a year in 39 operating rooms.

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