May 6, 2019 (TORONTO, ON) – Six Greater Toronto Area hospitals are working side by side under one roof to provide specialized care for patients who no longer require acute hospital services. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Reactivation Care Centre – Church Site has been newly refurbished and modernized for patients who can benefit from specialized restorative services.
Following ten weeks of extensive preparations, starting May 5, patients from Trillium Health Partners, Southlake Regional Health Centre, William Osler Health System and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto began moving into the newly renovated site, which has capacity for 214 beds. As owner of the site, Humber River Hospital has led the complex redevelopment of the building and overseen all aspects of the plan to bring the latest four hospitals into the building. Ninety-two patients from Humber and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have been receiving care in the Reactivation Care Centre since December 2018.
At the Reactivation Care Centre, patients receive the specialized care and support they need – including occupational therapy, recreational therapy and physiotherapy – to improve their health outcomes and patient experience. Each hospital operates its own standalone unit within a wing or floor of the building and employs its own nursing staff and therapists, among others.
The initiative is making use of existing infrastructure to provide patients with safe, high quality care in the most suitable location. At the same time, it is addressing the challenge of hallway health care by improving access to services and reducing wait times in these hospitals’ acute care sites.
“This is about doing what’s right for our patients,” said Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of Unity Health Toronto. “We’re thrilled to be able to open this space for our St. Joseph’s Health Centre patients who need just a bit of additional support before they can go back home or into the community. This is a great example of what can be achieved when health care organizations work together to truly provide patient-centred care.”
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