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Women’s College Hospital unveils hospital of the future

June 24, 2013

Taking over Grosvenor Street for the morning of June 12, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) revealed a new state-of-the-art ambulatory (outpatient) care facility designed to keep people out of hospital. A few hundred guests, staff, physicians and volunteers gathered for the ribbon-cutting and official opening ceremony and to celebrate this milestone in Ontario’s healthcare history.

“Our new facility represents one of the biggest Canadian advancements in ambulatory care,” said WCH president and CEO Marilyn Emery. “We are developing innovative models of care that are helping to keep people out of hospital. This is the future of healthcare. We combine treatments, surgery, research and education all in one place to deliver superior and more efficient care and to improve our health system as a whole.”

Special guests and speakers included Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; the Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of WCH; Dr. Danielle Martin, vice-president of medical affairs and health system solutions at WCH; Dr. Sacha Bhatia, cardiologist and director of the new WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV); Jane Pepino, WCH board chair; and Sylvia Chrominska, chair of the Campaign for WCH.

"As our healthcare system adapts to the needs of this province, Women’s College Hospital is at the forefront of innovation and patient-centred care,” said Premier Wynne. “I am proud of the support and cutting-edge medical services they provide to women, which serves as a model for healthcare providers across Ontario.”

In addition to the official hospital opening, WCH had even more reasons to celebrate. Dr. Martin and Dr. Bhatia unveiled WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV), a new institute at WCH designed to address system challenges related to quality, value and equity. WIHV is a laboratory that develops and tests new ideas, new programs and new policy approaches in the world of ambulatory care – and then helps to scale them up across Ontario and beyond.

“Transitions of care represent a set of gaps in the system that people can fall through,” said Dr. Martin. “It’s so important to develop projects that aim to improve those outcomes on a system level.”

Honouring the founder of Women’s College Hospital, Emily Stowe, Pepino announced that the north portion of Elizabeth Street will be renamed. It will now be called Emily Stowe Way and will be a symbol of the pioneering leadership of Dr. Stowe and all the women who have followed in her footsteps.

Keeping connected to the past while moving forward, Women’s College Hospital’s new state-of-the art facility represents one of Canada’s biggest advancements in ambulatory care.   

Click here to browse through photos or here to view a video of the event.

Women’s College Hospital unveils hospital of the future
All smiles after the ribbon was cut at Women’s College Hospital. From left to right: Marilyn Emery, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Health Minister Deb Matthews, Jane Pepino, Dr. Danielle Martin, Dr. Sacha Bhatia and Sylvia Chrominska
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