Trillium Health Centre

Trillium Health Centre

May 08, 2009 11:48 ET

Designing Inspired Health Care: Trillium's New Inpatient Wing Delivers a Better Experience for Patients and Staff

Health Minister David Caplan tours Trillium - Mississauga's innovative new wing at official opening event

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) -

ATTN: NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

Patients, hospital staff, donors and dignitaries came together at Trillium Health Centre today to thank the Hon. David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, for the remarkable patient and staff-friendly spaces in the hospital's innovative new inpatient wing,- a space that is transforming the way health care is delivered.

Minister Caplan took part in today's official opening ceremonies for the new $100 million, 190-bed inpatient wing at Trillium's Mississauga location. He was then joined by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Trillium Board Chair Scott Campbell, Trillium President and CEO Janet Davidson, and several local MPPs for a tour of the rehab unit in the new wing.

During his tour, the Minister heard directly from patients and staff about how much they appreciate the effort and attention to detail that went into creating this bright, quiet, innovative healing environment.

"This is an exciting day for everyone at Trillium Health Centre," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "The McGuinty government is committed to supporting new health care projects because we know they improve the quality of care. This expanded centre is helping ensure people in this community have increased access to high-quality care in an innovative, patient-friendly environment."

"We've set a new standard for patient room design. The proof of the design is the overwhelmingly positive reaction of patients and staff to their experience in the new wing," says Trillium President and CEO Janet Davidson. "The natural light is invigorating and the privacy and quiet are relaxing. Patients report feeling like they are at a spa, not a hospital. And they are getting more bedside attention from their nurses, because of the decentralized care model and wireless nurse call devices."

Numerous studies have proven that facility design makes a positive difference in the quality of care, and now Trillium is implementing those findings. The new wing combines evidence-based design standards to deliver optimum patient care.

"Evidence-based hospital design is a growing movement in new hospital construction," said Davidson. "There is plenty of published data supporting the notion that physical environments impact the delivery of health care, especially where it comes to patient outcomes, but also where it comes to healthcare workers' emotional exhaustion and stress."

Trillium's redevelopment team also worked with the architects to conduct extensive consultations with patients, families, staff, physicians and volunteers on how to make this environment as patient and staff-friendly as possible.

"Ten years ago a group of people came together at the newly-formed Trillium Health Centre and asked the question "What If?" What if we could create a health care environment that is truly patient-friendly? Where clinical practice and technology, barrier-free design, natural light, and privacy come together in a setting that heals and comforts the body and lifts the spirits?" said Davidson. "What if we could create uncluttered, efficient work spaces that help staff to deliver the very best patient care safely?"

These questions were quickly followed by another. Why not?

"It's that spirit of enquiry, an unwavering commitment and strength of vision - along with the extraordinary support of our partners in care - that have brought Trillium Health Centre to where it is today," added Davidson.

The design team combined this invaluable stakeholder input with leading research to build a unique new hospital wing with one simple, inspired goal in mind - produce better patient outcomes.

"This new wing is a reflection of Trillium's ability to anticipate and respond to the health care needs of our growing and diverse community...thereby ensuring better access," said Scott Campbell, Chair, Trillium Health Centre Board of Directors. "Our community is growing rapidly. Our population is aging and changing, and so is our staff. We have a responsibility to ensure that we are ready to meet their needs - today, tomorrow and in the years to come. We must thank our community, our donors, and the provincial, regional and municipal governments for supporting our vision. The future of health care really is here."

Occupancy of the new wing has been phased. As existing units move into the new wing, the vacated spaces are being refreshed and units reorganized to better serve patients and improve work processes for staff. At present, four floors are occupied, with units scheduled to move into the remaining two patient unit floors later this month.

"This is a very proud day for the Foundation's many donors", says Kim Warburton, Chair, Trillium Health Centre Foundation Board of Directors. "The Capital Campaign raised $36 million - six million over its goal. Today is a celebration of hard work, tenacity, and an incredible dedication to our community and the many patients who will experience quality healthcare in this exceptional new wing."

For more information on Trillium's new inpatient wing and our other expansion and redevelopment projects, including a video tour, photos, and backgrounders, go to:
www.trilliumhealthcentre.org/transformation/construction_news.html

About Trillium Health Centre

Trillium Health Centre is one of Canada's largest academically-affiliated tertiary care hospitals with highly-specialized regional programs in advanced cardiac, vascular, stroke, neurosciences, orthopaedic, and sexual assault/domestic violence services. Housing a model ambulatory care centre and the largest free standing day surgery centre in North America, Trillium serves over one million residents in Peel and West Toronto and from other communities across Ontario. Last year Trillium's doctors, staff and volunteers cared for more than 700,000 patients at the Mississauga (100 Queensway W.) and West Toronto (150 Sherway Dr.) locations. With the continued support of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation, the hospital's fundraising arm, the two-site facility is attracting international attention for its innovative approach to providing safe, high quality health care services and has received numerous national awards for quality and innovation.

For more information, go to www.trilliumhealthcentre.org.

Contact Information

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