Bridgepoint Health

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Sinai Health System- Bridgepoint
Sinai Health System- Bridgepoint
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Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′59″N 79°21′16″W / 43.66639°N 79.35444°W / 43.66639; -79.35444Coordinates: 43°39′59″N 79°21′16″W / 43.66639°N 79.35444°W / 43.66639; -79.35444
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Emergency department No
Speciality rehabilitation hospital and complex care
Founded 1875
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Sinai Health System- Bridgepoint, formerly known as Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is a complex care and rehabilitation hospital and research centre in Toronto, affiliated with the University of Toronto. Its focus is to transform care for patients living with complex health conditions so they can live better. Bridgepoint Active Healthcare operates under four pillars that support the diagnosis, treatment, management, research and teaching of leading healthcare practices for patients with multiple health conditions:

  • Bridgepoint Hospital is a purpose-built facility designed to enable patients to be active in their care. Highly skilled care teams work across disciplines to build one central care plan for patients.
  • Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation conducts pioneering research to find new ways to treat people that will immediately improve health outcomes, performance and system sustainability.
  • Bridgepoint Family Health Team is a community-based practice focused on transitioning patients back home and keeping them connected with primary care, home care and other community services to ensure that people can safely return to their homes and communities.
  • Bridgepoint Foundation raises money on behalf of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare to fund Bridgepoint's vision of helping people with complex health conditions live better.


The House of Refuge in 1865

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 Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street. 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, as The Riverdale Hospital. The artchitecturally distinctive brown brick "half-round" Riverdale Hospital - which become Bridgepoint Health in 2002 - was completed in 1963; was amalgamated structurally into the new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare campus. In 1997 as part of Mike Harris' cutbacks the government moved to close the original facility, but a community lobbying effort kept it open, and saved the historic Riverdale Hospital building.


Newly constructed Bridgepoint Hospital building, connected to the former Don Jail which serves as the facility's new administrative wing

In 2003, a $200 million expansion project was announced, that modernized and expanded the facility. The final result is the purpose-built, 10-storey, 404-bed Bridgepoint Hospital building, which is connected by a glass walkway to the old Don Jail, used for administrative offices. The former Don Jail was demolished in 2014 as part of the Bridgepoint redevelopment project.

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 healthcare system to better meet the life-long needs of people living with multiple health conditions - or "complex chronic disease". The new, state-of-the-art facility serves as a "living lab" to foster the next generation of clinicians, researchers and educators who will work together to advance our understanding and treatment of complex chronic disease. It serves as a research base for the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, which is one of the only research enterprises in the world to focus exclusively on complex chronic disease.

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare 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 April 2013.

Patient services moved to the new hospital building on April 14, 2013. The 10-storey hospital incorporates with the former Don Jail (c. 1858), which serves as the administrative wing of the hospital.[1] Two teams of architects are responsible for the two-tiered project design and delivery under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternate Financing and Procurement program: Stantec Architecture / KPMB Architects, Planning, Design and Compliance Architects; HDR Architecture / Diamond Schmitt Architects, Design, Build, Finance and Maintain Architects.


  1. ^ "Toronto's Bridgepoint Hospital weaves healing into its design". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  • "Winners of 2014 Pug Awards announced." Canadian Architect. Toronto, Ont.: June 24, 2014.[1]
  • "Understanding Complexity: What Are the Research Priorities?" Dr. Ross Upshur. OHA HealthScape. Toronto, Ont.: June 19, 2014.[2]
  • "A natural advantage." Peter Gorrie. Corporate Knights. Toronto, Ont.: June 16, 2014.[3]
  • "Toronto’s Doors Open event adds more than 40 new locations." Peter Kim. Global News. Toronto, Ont.: May 23, 2014.[4]
  • "Bridgepoint Celebrates First Year in New Purpose Built Hospital." OHA HealthScape. Toronto, Ont.: May 8, 2014.[5]
  • "Deconstruction of the Don Jail begins." Mark McAllister. Global News. Toronto, Ont.: March 3, 2014.[6]
  • "Introducing Bridgepoint Active Healthcare." Marian Walsh. Hospital News. Toronto, Ont.: September 1, 2013.[7]
  • "Hunting health care: Bridgepoint’s plan to tame costs." Samson Okalow. Canadian Business. Toronto, Ont.: July 17, 2013.[8]
  • "New Bridgepoint Hospital opens." James Armstrong. Global News. Toronto, Ont.: June 25, 2013.[9]
  • "New Bridgepoint Health Centre officially opens in Toronto." Galit Solomon. CityNews Toronto. Toronto, Ont.: June 25, 2013.[10]
  • "Patients thriving at newly opened Bridgepoint facility." Rebecca Field. Beach Mirror. Toronto, Ont.: June 15, 2013.[11]
  • "Hume: Hospital with a view." Christopher Hume. The Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: April 23, 2013.[12]
  • "Bridgepoint on Live Eye with Jennifer Valentyne." Jennifer Valentyne. City tv. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[13]
  • "Déménagement de l’hôpital Bridgepoint." Stéphane Blais. Radio-Canada. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[14]
  • "Bridgepoint patients moving into new, state-of-the-art building." CTV News. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[15]
  • "Hundreds of patients moved into new Bridgepoint Hospital." CBC News. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[16]
  • "Moving day at Bridgepoint Hospital a frenzied affair." Kamila Hinkson. The Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[17]
  • "Touring the new Bridgepoint Hospital." Kris Reyes. Global News. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[18]
  • "Bridgepoint hospital moving 400 patients to new building." Brian McKechnie. Global News. Toronto, Ont.: April 14, 2013.[19]
  • "Toronto’s new Bridgepoint centre raises the bar for health care facilities." Christopher Hume. The Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: April 11, 2013.[20]
  • "New Hospital: Matt Galloway spoke with Marian Walsh. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridgepoint Hospital at Broadview and Gerrard." Matt Galloway. CBC Metro Morning. Toronto, Ont.: April 2, 2013.[21]
  • "First look inside new Bridgepoint Hospital set to open in June." Tristin Hopper. National Post. Toronto, Ont.: March 7, 2013.[22]
  • "Bridgepoint Health unlocking new future for healthcare." Tara Hatherly. Inside Toronto. Toronto, Ont.: March 7, 2013.[23]
  • "CBC gets sneak peek of new Bridgepoint Hospital" Nil Koskal. CBC News. Toronto, Ont.: March 5, 2013.[24]
  • "Bridgepoint Hospital shines light on a dark past" Gayle MacDonald. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Feb. 9, 2013.[25]
  • "Toronto’s Bridgepoint Hospital weaves healing into its design" Angela Kryhul. The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Dec. 10, 2012.[26]*"Chronic illness epidemic forcing system shift" Heidi Ulrichsen. Sudbury Northern Life. Sudbury, Ont.: Oct 13, 2012.[27]
  • "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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