New hospital planned for Markham-Stouffville
MARKHAM, Ont. – Ontario has announced a major provincial government
investment that will help redevelop the Markham Stouffville Hospital and
build a new Salvation Army Grace Hospital York Region.
Tony Wong, MPP for Markham, made the announcement on behalf of Minister
of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan and Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care George Smitherman.
“This provincial government investment will give local residents better
access to a full range of hospital services,” said Wong. “This project
is important to everyone in our community.”
The redevelopment project includes both renovations to the existing
Markham Stouffville Hospital and the construction of a new Salvation
Army Grace Hospital York Region on the same site.
The renovations will expand Markham Stouffville’s capacity for acute
care, mental health programs and emergency medicine, while also
expanding its diagnostic capacity. As part of this initiative, Markham
Stouffville Hospital proposes to transfer its complex continuing care
and rehabilitation beds to the Salvation Army Grace Hospital York
Region. Work on the project is slated to begin in 2009.
The Markham Stouffville/Salvation Army Grace Hospital project has been
approved as an alternative financing and procurement project. This means
the construction work will be financed and carried out by the private
sector, which will assume the financial risks of ensuring that the
project is finished on time and on budget. The completed facility will
be publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
“The McGuinty government is re-building Ontario’s public infrastructure,
and this project is an essential part of our plan to modernize
hospitals, reduce waiting times and upgrade medical equipment in this
area and throughout the province,” said Caplan. “Our infrastructure
investments are helping us build a stronger, healthier and more
“We’re very pleased with the opportunity to work with the Markham
Stouffville Hospital, the Town of Markham and the larger community to
create a new health resource for Markham Stouffville and York Region
that is unique in Canada,” said Major Dennis Brown, the president and
CEO of the Grace. “We’ll bring our skills and knowledge to join the
local community in responding to the needs of a growing and aging
population. The Salvation Army and the Grace Board of Trustees are very
pleased with this opportunity to contribute to the transformation of
healthcare in Ontario.”
“This is an exciting day for Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation
and we thank the government of Ontario for making today possible,” said
Don Twiner, chairman of the MSH Board of Directors.
“This is a major boost to our staff and physicians. They have provided
exemplary care during the challenges brought on by the unprecedented
growth of our surrounding communities,” said Janet M. Beed, president
and CEO of MSH.
“We’re extremely excited about developing an integrated health and
wellness campus with the Salvation Army Toronto Grace Hospital and the
Town of Markham; its benefits will be felt far beyond Markham,
Stouffville and Uxbridge.”
“This announcement marks another critical investment by the province in
the healthcare needs of one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario,”
said Tariq Asmi, executive director of the GTA-905 Healthcare Alliance.
“The government should be congratulated for supporting new hospital
projects for virtually all of the eleven alliance hospitals.”
“The ReNew Ontario plan will make it possible for many hospitals to
undertake much-needed capital improvements to facilities that, across
Ontario, average 43 years old,” said Hilary Short, President and CEO of
the Ontario Hospital Association. “Innovative financing models allow
hospitals to harness private sector capital and expertise and move
forward quickly with projects that will benefit patients and their
Under the province’s ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan, the
McGuinty government and its partners are investing $5 billion over the
next five years to improve Ontario’s health care facilities.