February 2, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Bridgepoint Health redevelopment project is gaining momentum with the selection of Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) to lead the planning, design and compliance aspects of the project.
The redevelopment plan calls for the building of a complex care and complex rehabilitation hospital expressly designed for patients affected by diseases and disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, acquired brain injury, stroke, cancer, end stage kidney disease, and other complex illnesses. It will also provide improved rehabilitation capacity for important procedures like hip and knee surgeries and other treatments required by an aging population.
Once complete, the Bridgepoint redevelopment project will allow the hospital to provide 21st century healthcare to the fastest growing segment of health system users – people with complex chronic disease and disability.
The new Bridgepoint Health facilities will ‘change the world’ for complex health care delivery by providing facilities specifically designed to serve this population.
“The selection of a leading architectural team brings us one step closer to creating Canada’s leading centre for the treatment of people living with complex chronic disease and disability in Toronto,” said Marian Walsh, President and CEO, Bridgepoint Health. “The design will respect both the history of Bridgepoint Hospital and the Don Jail as a major feature in the Riverdale Community and position Bridgepoint Health as a visible icon of positive change in the healthcare system in our City.”
“It will also ensure we have the facilities we need to fulfill our teaching goals in partnership with University of Toronto and attract and retain the best health professionals to help us change the world for people living with complex chronic disease and disability.”
The Bridgepoint Health redevelopment project, scheduled to begin construction in 2009 will include:
*A new state of the art complex chronic care and rehab hospital
*Centre for Research, Education and Policy
*Redevelopment of historic Don Jail
*Creation of new public park
*Proposed Centre for Living
Bridgepoint Health will work with Infrastructure Ontario to redevelop the hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.
Bridgepoint Health is Canada’s largest and most progressive health care network focused exclusively on “changing the world” for the growing numbers of people in need of complex medical care and rehabilitation. Bridgepoint Health comprises four groups: Bridgepoint Hospital, Bridgepoint Community Rehab (a not for profit community based rehabilitation service), Bridgepoint Health Research Institute, and the Bridgepoint Health Foundation.
For more information, please visit www.bridgepointhealth.ca.