Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that Ontario is investing up to $2.4 billion for design and construction as part of a massive redevelopment that will transform SickKids into a 21st-century facility, modernize aging equipment and spaces, and boost the hospital’s capacity to provide leading-edge care for children.
“This historic and important investment will ensure that we are able to deliver safe, cutting-edge care to the most critically ill children in Ontario for generations to come,” said Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children. “It will allow us to build a state-of-the-art facility that will continue to give patients and families hope and comfort as they face serious illness and injury. A redeveloped SickKids will also attract more of the world’s top clinicians and researchers to join SickKids in our fight against childhood illness and disease.”
SickKids is the largest centre in the country dedicated to improving children’s health and one of a handful of Ontario hospitals that sees patients from all 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN). It is the only hospital in Ontario that conducts pediatric heart transplants, bone marrow transplants and most solid organ transplants.
The new Patient Care Centre will bring together vital services, including emergency and critical care, surgical care, bone marrow transplants, as well as diagnostic services and specialty clinics. It will provide a more comfortable experience for families and give doctors and researchers the tools they need to translate research discoveries into new treatments, giving more children and their families faster access to the best care.