After 10 years, $1.7B and several controversies, Vaughan’s hospital is finally complete. An exclusive look inside the building many said would never rise
2020-09-18 from thestar.com
It’s been more than a decade in the works, comes with a $1.7 billion price tag and has overcome controversies, political hurdles and the onset of a global pandemic, but construction of the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is now complete.
The long-awaited building, located minutes from Highway 400 and within view of Canada’s Wonderland, means residents of Vaughan — one of the country’s fastest-growing cities with a population of 335,000 — can receive hospital care within their community.
A part of Mackenzie Health, the hospital will open its doors to patients in early 2021 after training thousands of staff, testing hundreds of pieces of equipment and computer systems and practising how to safely deliver care in a new building.
A smart hospital, the Vaughan building will be able to seamlessly connect patients to their electronic medical records at all parts of their care journey. It also has a state-of-the-art ventilation system that contains air flow within some rooms — and even entire hospital floors — which is vital to curb the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Critically, and especially during a pandemic, the new hospital will relieve pressure from Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, which in recent years has operated consistently above capacity with long emergency department waits, as it struggles to keep pace with York Region’s rapid population growth.
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