The Toronto East General Hospital is big. Over the years it has expanded by way of new buildings and additions. Some of those buildings don’t quite line up – so in some cases you have to go down to up or go east to go west. And it’s old. And you know how old buildings can be. The heating and cooling and plumbing and electrical can get a bit tricky – to say the least.
The good news is there is a grand plan afoot to completely redevelop the hospital. The bad news is it will take a few years to get shovels in the ground and a few more years before the new building is up and the old building is down. However during the entire process the hospital will continue to provide 100% of its services.
A community hospital like TEGH isn’t particularly sexy like say, a world-renowned children’s hospital. It doesn’t evoke the kind of philanthropy that you might find at a downtown cancer centre. But babies are born there. Grandparents spend their last days there. Hearts are fixed. So are broken bones and broken minds. And it’s ours.
TEGH would like your input about what the new hospital will be. What will the green space look like? Is there room for beauty and art? What colour should the walls be? How should the waiting rooms be designed?
The TEGH CEO and Director of Pharmacy and Emergency, as well as the project architect met with the DECA executive committee last month to introduce us to the plan. It’s ambitious and is trying to take into account the community in which it is set. Now they would like you to come and hear more about the plan and provide your two cents.
Monday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Toronto East General Hospital (Coxwell and Mortimer) in the E2 Lecture Theatre. www.tegh.on.ca