Inspire 2018 Update

FROM THE DESK OF DR. BOB HOWARD

We are now in month nine of the construction phase of Inspire 2018, and the Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower is underway with the completion of the foundation and the installation of the crane in September. The new 17-storey tower will tie in directly to the existing wings on two sides, unifying our site and creating a real front door for the entire hospital as we become the premier critical care hospital in Canada.

Work will begin in 2016 on the new Slaight Family Emergency Department, which will double from 22,000 to 44,000 square feet. We’ll build the new facility section by section, while ensuring the department is still fully functional. That work includes taking down the existing Shuter Wing on the northeast corner of the hospital and replacing it with a new two-storey structure to house the non-urgent section of the Emergency and create a base for future upward expansion.

There are a lot of steps to make sure this will be a superb final product. The hospital completed the design specifications two years ago with clinical staff from each hospital area, to ensure patient needs were front and centre. With construction underway, staff members have been updating design details as needed. Another quality initiative is creating 11 fully-equipped mocked-up patient spaces, including an inpatient room, a critical care room, an emergency exam room, a hybrid operating room and so on. Teams from different areas – trauma, emergency, intensive care, surgery and more – will perform simulations of different scenarios to test and improve every last detail. Watching a team working on a mannequin really helps us focus on the point of the exercise, which is saving lives.

In order to stay up to date on our progress, and get information about any potential disruptions, you can visit the hospital web site.

“St. Michael’s 3.0” is the hospital's name for the transformation. Online content includes Construction Updates and Clinic and Office Moves. For construction questions, email BuildingSMH@smh.ca. For clinic locations, call 416.360.4000 or visit the Clinic Locator.

You can go to the Galleries section of St. Michael’s 3.0 on the website to see what the new Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower will look like, inside and out, as well as the new Slaight Family Emergency Department, Element Financial Way and Atrium and the new Shuter Wing. There is also a live video camera, so you can watch our progress in real time. We’re confident that patients and their families will enjoy the best possible care in the new
St. Michael’s. Stay tuned!

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From left: Dr. Eric Hoskins, 
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; 
L. Alayne Metrick, St. Michael’s Foundation President; and 
Dr. Bob Howard, St. Michael’s Hospital President & CEO, 
breaking ground on the new site.