Women’s College Hospital unveils hospital of the future
New state-of-the-art ambulatory (outpatient) care facility designed to
keep people out of hospital, improve treatment options, enhance quality
of life and exemplify cost-efficiency
TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ – Canadian healthcare reached a milestone today as Women’s College Hospital (WCH) (www.womenscollegehospital.ca) unveiled the Hospital of the Future, a new state-of-the-art ambulatory
(outpatient) care facility that is revolutionizing the way healthcare
is provided to women and diverse communities in Canada.
“Our new facility represents one of the biggest Canadian advancements in
ambulatory care,” WCH president and CEO Marilyn Emery says. “We are
developing innovative models of care that are helping to keep people
out of hospital. This is the future of healthcare. We combine treatments, surgery, research
and education all in one place to deliver superior – and more efficient
– care and to improve our health system as a whole.”
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care Deb Matthews joined in the unveiling ceremony at today’s
ribbon-cutting. “As our healthcare system adapts to the needs of this
province, Women’s College Hospital is at the forefront of innovation
and patient-centred care,” said Premier Wynne. “I am proud of the
support and cutting edge medical services they provide to women, which
serves as a model for healthcare providers across Ontario.”
“This is an exciting day, not only for Women’s College Hospital, but for
the entire province,” says Minister Matthews. “When complete, this
newly redeveloped hospital will assist greatly in our efforts to drive
transformation across the sector and will also help deliver better
quality care, closer to home.”
WCH is Canada’s leading academic, ambulatory hospital and a world leader in the health of women. The hospital’s 100-year-old legacy is built upon a number of
“firsts” – the first Canadian hospital to train women physicians, use
mammography and develop a simplified Pap test for detecting cervical
cancer. “Today, we provide healthcare without an emergency room and
perform vital complex surgeries without inpatient beds,” says Emery.
“And we do this with the best treatment outcomes and the highest rates
of patient satisfaction. This is the goal of ambulatory healthcare.
This is the goal of WCH.”
“We have earned a distinguished reputation based on our commitment to
delivering ongoing health innovation and a dedication to improving
healthcare for everyone, regardless of culture, background or economic
status. Now, we are embarking on the next chapter of this admirable
legacy,” she adds.
Phase 1 of the facility, designed by Susan Black, principal and director
of Perkins Eastman Black Architects in Toronto, is now officially open
to patients. Phase 2 of the $460-million building will be complete in
2015. The building’s iconic design is the result of a two-year study
with 1,000 women (“A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health”) from various
cultural and social backgrounds and a range of demographic and
“We asked them what they wanted from a hospital,” says Emery. “Their
responses informed our design. They told us they want their hospital of
the future to be a place that inspires health, healing and community.”
In introducing “This is the Future of Healthcare” – the theme of WCH’s
current public awareness and education initiatives – Emery also
announced the launch of WCH’s Institute for Health System Solutions and
Virtual Care (WIHV, pronounced weave). Headed by Dr. Sacha Bhatia and Dr. Danielle Martin, WIHV is turning
next-generation creative ideas into practical solutions.
WIHV will deal with the most pressing issues facing Canadian and
international health systems. Like a laboratory, WIHV will develop and
test new ideas, new programs and new policy approaches in the world of
ambulatory care – and then help to scale them up across Ontario and
WIHV will collaborate simultaneously with all the key players in
healthcare – patients, providers, researchers, government and industry.
The institute’s initial research and innovation streams will focus
first on three of healthcare’s greatest challenges: quality, equity and
value for money.
WIHV will build on these areas with forward-thinking “virtual care” that
will improve quality at transitions of care.
Infrastructure Ontario and the provincial Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care are working in partnership with WCH to complete the
400,000-square-foot downtown Toronto redevelopment project on the
hospital’s current Grenville Street site. The WCH ambulatory
(outpatient) facility will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled
and publicly accountable.
Features of WCH’s Hospital of the Future include:
-- Surgery that does not require overnight patient stays. Patients can go home within 18 hours of having surgery, like breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer patients. This helps to reduce their risk of infection and patients are able to recover safely and comfortably in their own homes, with the highest levels of patient satisfaction, better pain management and the best treatment outcomes. WCH is piloting a mobile app that enables continuous post-surgery followup where surgeons can closely monitor their patients when they are back home, leading to less post-surgery patient anxiety and complications. -- Complex Care Clinic that provides ongoing support and care, education and disease management - not hospitalization - as the population ages and more and more people live with multiple chronic conditions. Care is delivered in one place with one team to help patients prevent and manage their conditions and improve their quality of life. Chronic conditions are the biggest single challenge of our healthcare system today. -- Greater access and equity, like the CARES program (Cancer Awareness & Readiness for Education & Screening). CARES educates women in marginalized, hard-to-reach populations about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening - and then actually takes the screening clinics into their communities. -- Canada's only research institute solely dedicated to leading innovation in the health of women. About 80 per cent of researchers at Women's College Research Institute are women and 70 per cent of its scientists work directly with patients. As a result, researchers can test and directly incorporate their findings into practice, improving patient care in Canada and abroad. -- Academic (teaching) hospital with a strong and unique education program.The hospital trains future healthcare professionals to work in integrated and complex settings. Most physician education is done in inpatient hospitals, but the reality today is that most healthcare is provided on an ambulatory (outpatient) basis. -- Introduction of a new clinic service delivery model.Clinics and services are located in the same area so that patients can see specialists all in one visit and physicians, staff and administrators can better coordinate patient care. This maximizes patient experience and improves efficiency.
About Women’s College Hospital:
Women’s College Hospital (WCH) (www.womenscollegehospital.ca) is advancing the health of women and improving healthcare options for
all by delivering innovative models of ambulatory care. Fully
affiliated with the University of Toronto, the hospital is Canada’s
leading academic, ambulatory hospital and a world leader in women’s
health. With more than 800 physicians, nurses and health professionals,
the hospital offers a range of specialized clinics and programs that
are bridging the gaps in the health system. Women’s College Hospital is
helping to keep people out of hospital by being at forefront of
cutting-edge research, diagnosis and treatment that will help prevent
illness and enable patients to manage their health conditions. This
healthcare enables Canadians to live healthier, more independent lives.
At the Women’s College Research Institute, scientists combine science
and patient care to develop innovative solutions to today’s greatest
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