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Neonatal expansion kicks-off at Mount Sinai Hospital

TORONTO – Mount Sinai Hospital, in downtown Toronto, has announced the start of the expansion of its labour and delivery department, a construction project that will increase the existing neonatal and delivery department space by 40 percent.

“Labour and delivery is a very stressful time for both mother and infant,” said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman. “This new neonatal and obstetrical care unit will help provide more families with better access to these necessary services, closer to home.”

Minister Smitherman joined hospital staff, community members and local officials to mark the official start of construction for the Women’s and Infants’ expansion project at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The entire Women’s and Infants’ project will be cost-shared at 90% of eligible construction costs by the government when the second phase gets under way. It will include new labour and delivery rooms, a new neonatal intensive care unit and level II nurseries, as well as modern antenatal and post-natal units, and expanded ambulatory care space.

The first phase of the project involves structural upgrades to the hospital, and building a six-storey addition on top of the hospital’s Murray Street west wing on University Avenue. The second phase, which will begin in Spring 2009, will include the outfitting of the six-storey shell and associated renovations.

“We welcome the government’s commitment and support to the health of mothers and newborns through this exciting project,” said Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital. “This expansion will help provide better neonatal and labour delivery services for mothers-to-be in a state-of-the art facility. It will also provide the bright minds and big hearts at our hospital with the best environment possible within which to work, learn and offer outstanding care.”

Last year, Mount Sinai’s Women’s and Infants’ Health program delivered about 6,500 babies, served 143,000 gynaecological and obstetrical outpatient visits and performed some 5,000 surgical procedures, making it the biggest women’s, maternal and newborn academic program in Canada.

“This is great news for the community,” said Lawrence Bloomberg, Mount Sinai Hospital Board Chair. “The renewed Women’s and Infants’ Health program will help our health-care professionals with an enhanced patient and family-centred care environment that is safer for patients, provides more privacy and greater access to services.”

The expansion will see a new wing of six floors added to the west tower of Mount Sinai on Murray Street and will include:

• the addition of 160,000 square feet;

• a 40 percent increase in space for women’s and infants’ care, with state-of-the-art facilities that encompass new standards in design, efficiency and infection control;

• private spaces for infants and their families and an environment for patients that is more conducive to healing and wellness.

“Renew Sinai is about improving access to care and improving quality of life,” said Dr. Alan Bocking, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mount Sinai. “Renew Sinai is an opportunity to ensure for our patients an environment that is conducive to healing and for our staff the kind of environment conducive to providing the best care.”

Some of the most leading-edge science and research in women’s and infants’ health is taking place at Mount Sinai, such as the work of Dr. John Kingdom in our Placental Clinic, Dr. Stephen Lye in our Pre-Term Birth Clinic and Dr. Greg Ryan in our Fetal Therapy Clinic.

“We welcome the government’s commitment and support to the health of mothers and newborns through this exciting project,” said Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital. “This is a renaissance for Mount Sinai. This expansion will help provide better neonatal and labour delivery services for mothers-to-be and it will also provide the bright minds and big hearts at our hospital with the best environment possible within which to work, learn and offer outstanding care.”

Mount Sinai’s capital project is one of several hospital projects approved under ReNew Ontario, the government’s five-year, $30-billion plan to modernize and replace many of the province’s hospitals, schools and post-secondary institutions. ReNew Ontario includes $5 billion for health care infrastructure.

“This project will increase space by 40 per cent, increase capacity to deliver more healthy babies, and provide state-of-the-art facilities that encompass new standards in design, efficiency and infection control,” said Lawrence Bloomberg, Chair of the Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Directors. “This is great news for our community,” said Bloomberg “The renewed Women’s and Infants’ Health program will help our health care professionals with an enhanced patient and family-centred care environment that is safer for patients, provides more privacy and greater access to services.”

 

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