Originally built in the 19th-century, Toronto’s Bridgepoint Active Healthcare Centre was in desperate need of redevelopment. In particular, the hospital required a larger, more modern complex continuing care and rehabilitation facility designed for patients with complex chronic disease (multiple lifelong illnesses). It also needed better facilities to offer patients rehabilitation following procedures like hip and knee surgeries and other treatments required by an aging population.
The Government of Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model allowed it to partner with the private sector to renew this aging health care facility and create a world-leading research, teaching and clinical facility in the increasingly vital area of long-term, complex care and rehabilitation.
· The facility is maintained by the private sector under a performance-based contract to ensure that the quality of experience for patients, staff and visitors remains uniformly high.
· A special feature of the project was the restoration and adaptive reuse of the old Don Jail, a five-level architectural landmark and heritage site in the heart of Toronto.
· The 10 storey, 680,000 square foot facility has a capacity of 472 beds. It is now the number one recipient of referrals from Toronto acute care hospitals.
· Complex stroke patients now return home 12 days sooner than before, with the same or better results.
· According to survey data, 98.5 per cent of patients would recommend Bridgepoint to their family or friends, a key measure of patient satisfaction.
· The new hospital creates a “campus of care,” where patient care, research and teaching are brought together under one roof.
· The facility now has double the square footage for therapy space, including a state-of-the-art therapy space on each floor for easy access; double the number of patient lounges; a new in-ground therapy pool triple the size of the previous above-ground pool; and more room for specialized wheelchairs allowing patients to regain their independence.
· Each patient room has its own washroom for enhanced infection prevention and control.
· The new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare facility is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. It uses 20 per cent less water and 29 per cent less energy than other hospitals, while maximizing the use of natural light. Storm-water runoff from the green roof is used for landscape irrigation; carpools receive preferred parking and 75 per cent of construction waste was diverted from landfills through a recycling and salvage program.
· The Don Jail has been renovated and repurposed as the hospital’s administrative facilities.
· Throughout construction, 500 to 600 workers were onsite every day – helping to stimulate economic activity during the 2008 economic crisis.