New hospital opens to help manage COVID-19
February 10, 2021
VAUGHAN, Ont. – Mackenzie Health officially opened its new hospital – the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital – with an exclusive focus on creating additional ICU and acute care capacity to help address the surge in COVID-19 cases in Ontario.
“Mackenzie Health is proud to provide a unique system solution in our collective fight against COVID-19,” said Mackenzie Health president and CEO Altaf Stationwala (pictured). “With the opening of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, our exclusive focus at this time is on creating additional space to care for critical and acute care patients, and to provide relief to our overstretched healthcare system. The province needed us to open Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in this way, and we’ve answered that call.”
Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital was slated to open as a full-service hospital. However, due to the alarming capacity pressures being felt by Ontario hospitals, the opening instead focused on adding 35 ICU beds and 150 general internal medicine beds to be used for COVID-19 patients.
The Emergency Department at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is closed at this time and other programs and services planned to move to Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital – including Woman and Child, Inpatient Mental Health and Inpatient Integrated Stroke – will remain at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital for now.
Once the system stabilizes, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will fully open to the community as originally planned. The Emergency Department at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital remains open to the support the community, as it always has.
“Mackenzie Health is able to take on this very important role for our healthcare system because of the incredible staff, physicians and volunteers who have, without hesitation, stepped forward to make this a reality,” said Dr. Steven Jackson, vice president, medical planning and chief of staff at Mackenzie Health.
“For years, they have been preparing to open our second hospital and because of all of their tremendous dedication, nimbleness, resilience and determination, we can adapt in this way to support other hospitals across the province during this pandemic.”
Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital was purposefully built with mostly single patient rooms, allowing for enhanced infection prevention and control protocols and technological advances. It is located right off Highway 400, in close proximity to the hardest hit regions in the province – York, Peel and Toronto.
“I want to thank Mackenzie Health for stepping up to support our response to COVID-19 and taking pressure off other hospitals in the region at this critical time,” said Doug Ford, premier of Ontario. “Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is the first new hospital built in Ontario in over 30 years and represents another important step towards ending hallway healthcare in the province.”
The Ontario government invested $1.3 billion towards the $1.7 billion Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital project. The local share, required to help cover costs for technology and medical equipment as well as a portion of the construction costs, continues to be supported by the generosity of the community through the Ultimate campaign. To date, the campaign has raised more than $180 million of the $250 million goal.
About Mackenzie Health
Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional healthcare provider which includes Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and a comprehensive network of community-based services. In March 2017, Mackenzie Health received its second consecutive award of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada for its commitment to safety and quality patient care. This is the highest rating a Canadian healthcare provider can receive. Guided by a vision to create a world-class health experience, Mackenzie Health has an unrelenting focus on the patient and is dedicated to patient needs now and in the future. With more than 550,000 residents in western York Region, Mackenzie Health is proud to serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. For more information, please visit mackenziehealth.ca.