Infrastructure Renewal Project
Supported by the Province of Ontario, The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC) is making major improvements at 650 Church Street that will give more individuals better access to modern and up-to-date health care. The Infrastructure Renewal Project, when completed, will improve air quality for patients and staff, upgrade safety in patient rooms, washrooms and showers, and renovate the main entrance that will modernize and improve patient access to programs and services.
Planning has been underway for the Infrastructure Renewal Project since July 2010. The TGHC has completed many preparatory measures and followed these up with a number of submissions regarding its renovation plans to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The TGHC received approval for 85%-87% in funding from the MOHLTC for this project in the amount of approximately $25 million dollars. To complete the project and revitalize the facility with equipment and furnishings, as well as external beautification of the grounds, the TGHC will need to fund-raise $10 million dollars.
During the planning stages, the TGHC identified that this project could only be completed successfully if its patients and staff were relocated during the construction. With the co-operation and support of the University Health Network (UHN), in March 2014, the TGHC moved from 650 Church Street to the UHN’s Hillcrest site at 47 Austin Terrance, our temporary home. This was necessary to ensure patient/family/staff safety; to minimize construction costs and to avoid infection control challenges.
Elite Construction Incorporated Company was selected and approved by the MOHLTC to begin construction at 650 Church Street in the spring of 2015. The keys to the building were officially handed over to the general contractor on May 7, 2015.
Construction is well underway with internal demolition work completed, and installation of new systems in progress. Plans are under development to return back to our home in the fall of 2016. Our staff, patients and their families are all encouraged by this news.
We have made considerable progress but we need to do more and hope that by approaching our corporate, private and charitable community we can raise the needed funds to complete our redevelopment project. In doing so we will be providing our patients and the community we serve with an essential state-of-the-art health care facility.