Sunnybrook to double size of ER and
TORONTO – Sunnybrook & Women’s Emergency Department and Regional Trauma
Centre received word that the proposed expansion of the Emergency
Department and Regional Trauma Centre has been approved by the
The project will create a state-of-the-art department which will double
its current size, add a CT scanner, and increase stretcher capacity from
27 to 48 bays.
“This is incredible news for our staff and patients,” said Dr. Paul
Hawkins, Acting Chief of Emergency Medicine at Sunnybrook & Women’s.
“The additional space will allow us to increase our capacity to treat
the most acutely-ill patients in the GTA and decrease off-loading times
Expansion of the department will occur between the existing B and C
wings. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2006 and should be
fully-complete by early 2009.
The project, which also includes upgrades to the central utilities plant
and infrastructure that will support the four new floors on M-wing, has
a total project cost of about $58 million. The Ministry of Health and
Long Term Care will provide a grant of up to $35 million for the project
with the balance of the cost coming from the hospital through its
Sunnybrook & Women’s Emergency Department was originally designed for
20,000 visits per year and now treats more than double this volume
including those needing care for traumatic injuries, burns, stroke,
cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological disorders and other serious
“Given the level of acuity and volume of patients our staff and
physicians are treating, it has become clear to us for quite some time
that we need a larger facility,” said Virginia McLaughlin, Sunnybrook &
Women’s Board Chair. “We are grateful to the government and to our
generous donors for helping to get this project underway. This expansion
will provide us with an environment that is better able to meet the
current and future needs of the many communities we serve and enables
our staff to continue providing the best patient care possible.”
Expanding the department will also provide much needed space for the
Regional Trauma Centre. The Regional Trauma centre is Canada’s first and
largest. Each year it cares for more than 1,200 patients who are
referred from 80 hospitals across the province.
“As part of a team working in an environment where seconds count, it
will be a huge boost to our staff to have a space with increased
functionality and efficiency,” says Dr. Fred Brenneman, Sunnybrook &
Women’s Trauma Program Chief. “Patients from across the province, who
require life-saving treatment, arrive on our doorstep every day and even
though we provide them one of the best trauma teams in the country, we
will soon be able to offer them care in one of Canada’s best
Much of the financing for the ER and trauma unit expansions will be
generated through the hospital’s own fundraising activities.
“Donors to Sunnybrook & Women’s understand the central role that the
Trauma and Emergency programs play in the hospital and their importance
to the community and province. They want to see this project move ahead,
and are excited by this announcement,” said Terry O’Sullivan, Chair,
Sunnybrook & Women’s Foundation. “We have early support for this project
from RBC Financial Group, Pyarali & Gulshan Nanji, BMO Financial Group,
CN and Margaret and Lee Lau.”
Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre is transforming
healthcare through the dedication of its more than 10,000 staff members,
physicians and volunteers. Sunnybrook & Women’s proudly provides care
for nearly 1 million patients each year.
As well as housing Canada’s foremost residence for our country’s war
veterans, Sunnybrook & Women’s offers world-class programs in cancer,
cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurosciences, perinatal and gynaecology,
trauma and critical care, and aging and population health.
Sunnybrook & Women’s has a special emphasis on improving women’s health
and patient safety throughout all of its programs and services. A full
affiliation with the University of Toronto and proven track-record of
conducting leading-edge research and teaching the latest advances in
healthcare, distinguishes Sunnybrook & Women’s as one of Canada’s
premier academic health sciences centres.
For further information: www.sw.ca.