Campus Development

A bold new future for West Park

The sound of shovels breaking ground on October 11, 2018, ushered in a bold new future for West Park. These symbolic steps were the first in a journey that will culminate in a new $1.2-billion, six-storey hospital overlooking the beautiful Humber Valley, scheduled to open in late 2023.

This remarkable building will be at the centre of our new integrated campus of care, a stunning transformation that will allow us to better support people when they are most vulnerable and meet the rising demand for rehabilitation and complex continuing care.

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Construction Update – May 2022

With structural work on the new hospital largely complete, crews have been cladding the building in its distinctive grey brick. It is this panel that gives the new hospital its dramatic front entrance.

Work is now focusing on the interior of the hospital, including the main lobby. This central hub of the new building will feature comfortable seating areas, a reception desk, and the feature staircase. The distinctive feature staircase – a hospital landmark – will be overlooked by skylights, filling the room with abundant natural light.

We reached an exciting milestone this spring, when Geriatric Rehabilitation became the first unit in the new hospital to be completely “boarded” (interior walls installed). This unit – as all units in the new hospital – will be about four times larger than their current size, housing features that will enhance care and provide a better patient experience.

The Level 2 Therapy Gym is also well underway and will be used by patients in the Geriatric and Stroke and Neurological units. Specialized therapy gyms will be available on each floor, helping to maximize the rehabilitation time available to patients.

The therapy pool is quickly taking shape. Six times larger than the current pool, the pool in the new hospital will have three different depths to support a wide range of activities, as well as an underwater treadmill that can be used by patients experiencing joint pain. The pool will have two lifts, one from the side of the pool, and one overhead, for patients who need assistance entering and exiting the pool. It will also feature special lighting and other sensory stimulation equipment to create a controlled multisensory environment for patients with acquired brain injuries, dementia, and other conditions. View photos of the pool here.

The cafeteria and outdoor patio are also being finished. These inviting spaces will become the gathering places of the new hospital.  Named for long-time West Park donors, the Robert and Patricia Martin & Family Café – double the size of the current facility — will be a central meeting place for patients, family members, staff, and physicians – a warm, comfortable and light-filled space. It will open onto an outdoor patio, and the interior design will use incorporate finishes that help bring the outside in.

Take a look at the construction of the patio and cafeteria here.

Watch: Mock-up of patient rooms in the new West Park

To view more spaces in the hospital, including an In-patient Airborne Isolation Room, click here.

Features of the New Hospital

Our patients face some of life’s most difficult health challenges, including severe trauma, amputation, chronic lung disease, and spasticity, which is a debilitating symptom of stroke, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. They work hard to get back to their lives, supported by our skilled, caring team, and they deserve the very best care on their difficult journey.

Our new hospital will:

  • recognize that a stay in rehab is measured in weeks and months, by providing greater comfort and privacy for patients and their families;
  • maximize the rehabilitation time available to patients by clustering related services together and locating specialized therapy gyms on each unit floor;
  • include 20 per cent more beds, a necessary expansion as the population ages and more people are living with chronic disease and disability;
  • double the space for outpatient clinics so more patients can benefit from our excellent care and sleep in their own beds at night; and,
  • bring clinicians and researchers together in a collaborative working space, allowing our patients to benefit from the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques.

The new West Park will make great use of our beautiful, expansive grounds, visually integrating the indoor rehabilitative space with the invigorating outdoor environments. Each patient floor will have an outdoor terrace; the campus will have gardens, trails and outdoor, multi-use rehabilitation spaces, to help patients learn to navigate all types of terrain. This design celebrates West Park’s extraordinary setting, allowing patients to benefit from the healing power of nature.

How You Can Help

West Park Foundation’s $80 million Get Your Life Back Campaign is supporting the capital costs of the new hospital, helping to bring the very best in rehabilitative care to Ontario. You can be part of this inspiring project by making a donation today.

Learn more about the campus development here, watch the building take shape on our construction cam or see renderings of the finished product below.

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