On Thursday, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, announced that the province is investing an additional $3 million to modernize and expand North York General Hospital (NYGH).
The redevelopment is said to improve access to care for patients by adding new patient beds, building an emergency department, and creating more operating room space. The province had already invested $2.5 million, for a total of $5.5 million to plan the hospital’s new infrastructure and upgrade its facilities.
“By investing in the expansion and redevelopment of North York General Hospital, we are delivering on our government’s commitment to build a stronger, more resilient health care system and end hallway health care,” said Elliott. “This additional investment will ensure the hospital can better meet the growing needs of the community and provide much-needed care and services now and into the future.”
Plans include a new inpatient care tower with new and expanded operating rooms, a new emergency department, and the addition of over 100 new inpatient beds, which will bring the total number of beds at the hospital to more than 500.
Renovations to the existing building will also expand key services, including medical device processing, laboratory, and pharmacy.
“With the generous support of the Ontario Government, NYGH is moving forward with the largest hospital expansion since we opened our doors more than 50 years ago,” said NYGH President and CEO, Karyn Popovich. “Our leading-edge New Patient Care Tower will allow NYGH to meet growing community needs, and deliver an outstanding patient experience and the highest standards of care for generations to come.”
The province also announced that it would be building a new 384-bed long-term care home at NYGH as part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province. This will include an allocation for 192 new beds and 160 upgraded beds which are currently located in a long-time care home within the hospitals Senior’s Health Centre.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2024 and be completed in summer 2026.