A TWO-HOSPITAL MODEL FOR A FAST-GROWING COMMUNITY.
Mackenzie Health cares for more than half a million people in our region – a region that is among the fastest growing and most diverse in the country. Its population is expected to increase by more than 35 per cent over the next 20 years, and the residents in our community speak more than 100 languages.
York Region is also undergoing an unprecedented demographic shift. Between 2011 and 2031, the population of seniors is expected to grow by 148 per cent – four times that of the total population. Fifty-six per cent of York Region’s seniors live in the communities we serve.
One hospital just can’t keep up with the needs of this growing, aging and diverse community. Now, we have an unrivalled opportunity to achieve a vision for a world-class health experience in York Region with the construction of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital – Canada’s first smart hospital and the first new hospital in York Region in over 30 years. In late 2020, the new hospital will join Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and Mackenzie Health’s community-based locations to double our communities’ access to exceptional patient care.
Planned and designed through the eyes of the patient, linked to nature, environmentally sustainable and enabled by integrated smart technology, Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will encourage the essential bond between patients and their caregivers, support a healing environment, accommodate patient and family participation, empower patients while respecting their privacy.
Levels 0 to 3 are poured. Level 0 will be home to the two-level food court and retail space connected by Lower Main Street, generously sponsored by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada. Level 1 will be dedicated to the main entrance, Magna Emergency, Medical Imaging, Patient Registration, Spiritual Care Services and the region’s first-of-its-kind Learning Centre. The Critical Care Unit and the state-of-the-art operating suites will be located on Level 2, which is among the most specialized areas of the hospital. The laboratory and inpatient pharmacy will be located on Level 3.
Public spaces at the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be bright, inviting and fully accessible, welcoming patients, staff and visitors. The library, atrium and the Berwick Family Auditorium will be ideal venues for large hospital meetings, events and conferences involving health care experts from across York Region, the GTA and province.
Level 4 for the Woman and Child Program is poured. From labour and delivery to the NICU and pediatrics, every unit within this program will boast private rooms, plenty of natural light, a home-like feel and space for extended family. What’s more, the entire program will be grouped on one floor, so women and children can transition faster between services, and health care providers can collaborate on care plans that honour the needs, expectations and beliefs of the entire family.
The Vic De Zen Family Welcome Centre takes shape on Level 1. With floor-to-ceiling windows, this light-filled space will feature a reception area, information and concierge services, as well as direct access to elevators, patient relations, medical imaging, clinics and treatment areas. It will also provide views to cascading gardens, food and retail areas located below the Welcome Centre and access to a retail pharmacy and library.
A transformational $20-million joint gift from the De Gasperis and Kohn families is directed to the Giovanni De Gasperis ♦ Eugene Kohn Learning Centre. Located on Level 1, the Giovanni De Gasperis ♦ Eugene Kohn Learning Centre – the most technologically advanced education facility within a community hospital – will feature clinical teaching and simulation labs, conference and learning spaces, and a state-of-the-art auditorium for large-scale health care forums.
Level 5 comes together. It will soon house brand new patient-focused care areas, including:
The Carlo and Angela Baldassarra Family Inpatient Dialysis Unit, where patients with complex care needs can receive hemodialysis at their bedside. For other patients, hemodialysis care will be provided in the inpatient treatment area that offers space for family members to visit, lots of daylight and the chance to watch TV. No matter what their health care needs may be, every patient will receive the best care in a comfortable setting.
The Sorbara Integrated Stroke Unit (part of the Sorbara District Stroke Centre for York Region), which will focus on recovery and rehabilitation to help patients best regain their independence and return to their daily activities. Seventy-five per cent of the patient rooms will be private, and state-of-the-art care will be provided in a space with direct access to natural daylight.
The Mental Health Inpatient Unit, which focuses on safety by design. Created with wellness and comfort in mind, the unit will feature tranquil outdoor courtyards, group therapy rooms, exercise therapy gyms and patient and family lounges – all in a warm, home-like setting to support patients in their return to home, when they’re ready.
Levels 6 to 8 are poured. Located in the east and west towers, the three-floor, 212-bed medical and surgical inpatient units will feature bright and spacious rooms, a rehabilitation therapy gym, smart monitoring and treatment technologies, as well as specialized, expert-led programming designed to build independence and prepare patients for discharge.
Modular washrooms, built offsite to ensure quality control of finishes, are installed in the inpatient units on levels 4 through 8 to support patients in our medical and surgical program, as well as mental health, labour and delivery and postpartum areas.
The top floor of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is poured, reaching the highest point of construction – 11 storeys up and hundreds of feet in the air. A topping off ceremony is held to celebrate this major milestone. Mackenzie Health staff, physicians, volunteers and donors, as well as government and community leaders signed concrete blocks and commemorative tokens that were poured into one of the final concrete slabs, cementing their names and support in Mackenzie Health’s history.
Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital becomes the first Canadian acute-care hospital to receive Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 certification. This certification recognizes Mackenzie Health’s adoption of digital health solutions that help deliver on our promise of safe and efficient care for our growing community.
The design of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is complete. Patient-centred hospital designs support our vision of a world-class health experience everywhere, including patient areas, treatment rooms, outdoor courtyards, waiting areas and more. In total, hundreds of people – including staff, physicians, volunteers, patients and families – and more than 32 design teams provided critical input to get us where we are today.
With the design of Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital now final, the Mackenzie Health team turns our attention to “operational readiness” which involves various care teams across the hospital developing work plans to ensure we use the new space effectively and provide exceptional care from day one. Work continues on the details such as hardware, millwork, location of devices and construction quality.
Winter weather outside means construction is heating up inside. The transformation is incredible – electrical conduits, plumbing fixture rough-ins and wiring are well underway, drywall is being installed in patient rooms, open stairs in the west tower are being lifted, the grand staircase linking to the Vic De Zen Family Welcome Centre is being prepared for installation and glass is being mounted in the Giovanni De Gasperis ♦ Eugene Kohn Learning Centre. In addition, the parking structure is being constructed, which will offer more than 690 parking spaces for patients, visitors and families.
Construction continues on schedule as the new ambulance garage and RBC Emergency Psychiatric Unit (EPU) within Magna Emergency both take shape. The ambulance garage will accommodate six ambulances and be equipped with an emergency shower and eye wash station for safe transport and emergency support for all patients, staff and health care professionals. The RBC EPU will support patients facing a mental health crisis or challenge and provide rapid assessment by mental health professionals in a private and quiet space.
Major lab renovations begin at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital to make way for new, state-of-the-art automated chemistry and hematology systems. This new lab technology will speed up analysis by automating steps that were previously performed manually and deliver results to physicians faster. This design will also be applied at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital for streamlined lab services and analysis across both hospitals.