The new Bridgepoint Hospital building in May 2013
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Affiliated university||University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine|
|Lists||Hospitals in Canada|
Bridgepoint Health is a rehabilitation hospital in Toronto and affiliated with the University of Toronto. Its mission includes rehabilitation, treatment of complex chronic disease and management of disability.
The hospital is located next to the Don River in the Riverdale neighbourhood of the city and includes the historic Don Jail which is now the administration building for the new hospital. The exact address is 14 St. Matthews Road, Toronto, Ontario at the corner of St. Matthews and Jack Layton Way. The new building towers over the east side of the Don Valley Parkway.
The House of Refuge was built on the site in 1860 as a home for "vagrants, the dissolute, and for idiots". The facility became the Riverdale Isolation Hospital in 1875 during a smallpox epidemic. It became a specialized facility located on the edge of the city to house patients with communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis. As times changed, in 1957, the hospital's name and mandate were changed; its focus was shifted to helping those with chronic ailments and/or needing rehabilitation. The new building (demolished 2013/2014 with the opening of the new campus) was completed in 1963. In 1997 as part of Mike Harris' cutbacks the government moved to close the facility, but a community lobbying effort kept it open.
In 2003, a $200 million expansion project was announced, that would modernize and expand the facility. The final result will be a complex of different buildings, including the old Don Jail, which will be used for offices.
The Community Master Plan, approved by the City of Toronto in 2006, is based on a unique 'campus of wellness', which reflects exciting concepts from architecture, landscaping, and medical best practices to not just transform the site, but to change the world for people living with complex chronic disease. The new, state-of-the-art facility will be a national centre of excellence to foster the next generation of clinicians, researchers and educators who will work together to advance our understanding and treatment of complex chronic disease.
Bridgepoint Health and Infrastructure Ontario have partnered with Plenary Health to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility for 30 years after completion. Construction started in the fall of 2009, and has been fully operational since June 2013.
Patient services moved to the new hospital wing on April 14, 2013. The 11 storey addition is designed by HDR, Inc. and DSA Incorporated and incorporated with the old wing (c. 1858) of the Don Jail (to become the administrative wing of the hospital.
- "What to do with a Riverdale landmark?" Dave LeBlanc. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: June 17, 2005. pg. G.6
- "Hospital blazes a trail in complex care" Brian Dexter. Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: May 10, 2003. pg. K.01
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