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Ottawa provides $10 million to  new Vaughan hospital

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – York Central Hospital welcomes the announcement of the federal government’s $10 million commitment to the Vaughan Health Campus of Care (VHCC) for planning, design, development, site preparation and infrastructure on the campus of care lands and development of a new health sciences cluster.

While the $10 million in federal funds announced this month are not going directly to York Central Hospital, the organization that is legally responsible for the planning, construction and operation of a new hospital in Vaughan, they will be instrumental in developing the adjacent Campus of Care lands.

“Our planning efforts for a new Vaughan hospital should benefit indirectly from these moneys in that a portion will be used for preliminary site preparation of the 87 acre parcel of lands, which includes the 40 acres where the Vaughan hospital will be located. There are, however, no moneys being directly contributed from the federal government for the planning and/or construction of the hospital,” said Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of York Central Hospital.

In 2009, following a collaboration agreement between York Central Hospital and the Vaughan Health Campus of Care, the Ontario government assigned accountability to York Central Hospital to plan, build and operate a new hospital in Vaughan.

In the same year, York Central Hospital received a $7 million planning grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to prepare a Stage One planning submission in support of building a new hospital in Vaughan and further development of York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill.

The hospital is currently in the final stages of preparing its Stage One submission to support the development of these new and expanded hospital facilities that will go to the government in April 2011. The hospital and its community hope for a timely approval to move forward to Stage Two of the government’s capital planning process.

York Central Hospital’s vision is to create a major regional health system that will see two full-service hospitals for Southwest York Region which will include the building of a new hospital in Vaughan and further development of the existing York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill.

The integrated two-hospital model will provide a wide range of services not otherwise possible through a single hospital delivery system. Having a life sciences cluster co-located with one of its hospitals will only further benefit this exciting vision for the future of healthcare in Southwest York Region.

Altaf Stationwala was appointed President and CEO of York Central Hospital in November 2010. Prior to joining York Central Hospital, Altaf held the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital. At Mount Sinai he was responsible for a number of portfolios including Capital Redevelopment, Corporate Services, Support Services and Diagnostic Services. Before joining Mount Sinai Hospital, he was Site Executive – Brampton Civic Hospital and Vice-President, Patient Services at the William Osler Health Centre. 

In 2007, Altaf was presented with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives Canada’s Outstanding Young Health Executive of the Year Award. This award is presented to a Canadian health executive who has demonstrated leadership in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of the country’s health system. He has a diverse educational background with undergraduate degrees in Economics, Geography and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Altaf is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

“We are pleased with [the] announcement, which further demonstrates the strong support for increased healthcare services for Southwest York Region,” said Dina Palozzi, Chair, Board of Trustees, York Central Hospital. “York Central Hospital looks forward to working with its partners including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Region of York, City of Vaughan and VHCC to realize our vision for a major regional health system. A new Vaughan hospital, as part of an integrated two-hospital regional health system and surrounding campus of care will benefit not only the citizens of Vaughan, but all of Southwest York Region.”

About York Central Hospital
Opened in 1963, York Central Hospital is a large community hospital located in Richmond Hill providing Emergency, Inpatient, Ambulatory, Continuing and Long-Term Care services to a community of over 500,000 residents in Southwest York Region. In 2009, the hospital received an expanded mandate from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to plan for the further development of the existing York Central Hospital site and the building of a new hospital in Vaughan. In addition to the services it currently provides to the community of Southwest York Region, York Central Hospital is the District Stroke Centre for York Region and is home to a number of regional services including: the York Region Chronic Kidney Disease Program, York Region Domestic Assault and Sexual Assault Care Centre, and the York/Simcoe Behaviour Management and Autism Programs.

Posted March 24, 2011