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News » Canada » EllisDon starts work on $411m hospital project » published 26 Apr 2018

EllisDon starts work on $411m hospital project

Construction is now under way on EllisDon’s CA$411m redevelopment contract at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) and Toronto East Health Network have broken ground on the Ken & Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre and redevelopment of the hospital campus.

MGH, working in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario, awarded the CA$411m design, build and finance contract to EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare in February (link opens in new tab).

The ceremonial event to mark the start of construction also saw the announcement of a CA$12.5m donation by the Thomson family to launch a CA$100m fundraising campaign to transform care for one of Canada's most diverse communities. Over 40% of the population in the hospital community is new to Canada, and a quarter is low-income.

"After 10 years of planning, I am thrilled to officially start construction on the modern and holistic healthcare centre that the east Toronto community expects and deserves,” said Sarah Downey, president and CEO of Michael Garron Hospital.

The redevelopment of the 89-year-old campus will see the replacement of 50% of the hospital while continuing to deliver all healthcare services throughout construction.

Features of the project include:

  • the new eight-storey Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre, with 215 acute care inpatient beds
  • modernized inpatient mental health service units, with 46 adult-care beds and six for children and youths and access to a secured outdoor terrace;
  • co-located chest, renal, and cardiac clinics;
  • faster, more precise diagnosis of a wider range of conditions with a new MRI and CT scanner located in a revitalized diagnostic imaging centre;
  • new community spaces;
  • better accessibility.

The project is expected to be completed in 2024.


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This article was published on 26 Apr 2018 (last updated on 26 Apr 2018).

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