Jan 18, 2021
By Christine Ross
The Ford government has announced a new hospital set to open in Vaughan will be used to relieve a capacity elsewhere amid rising COVID-19 rates.
“In a few shorts weeks, this hospital, the Vaughan Cortellucci Hospital will open its doors,” said Premier Doug Ford. “It’s the first newly built hospital in Ontario in over 30 years adding net new capacity to the system.”
The state-of-the-art hospital set to open February 7th, will add 35 new critical care beds and 150 medical beds to the province’s bed capacity.
In addition, the is spending $125M to create 500 additional beds to deal with the latest virus surge which it has warned could overwhelm hospitals. Health Minister Christine Elliott says some Toronto hospitals are already transferring patients to Kingston and Niagara Region to help ease crowding.
“The reality is we don’t have months for these beds to come online because this is a serious capacity challenge that our hospitals in Ontario are experiencing today,” said Elliott.
The province says that once the COVID-19 capacity pressures have stabilized, the new Vaughan hospital will provide care to patients in York Region as originally planned.