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An inside look: Find out which programs and services will be available on level four of MGH’s Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, essential infrastructure projects like Michael Garron Hospital’s (MGH) Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre project have continued to move forward. On level four of the hospital’s new facility, interior walls and door frames are being installed, major equipment which will support the building’s future operations (i.e. air handlers and cooling towers) have been installed and the concrete and steel structures on the outdoor public terrace are now complete. It’s exciting to see what was once a large open concrete floorplate starting to transform into many different rooms and corridors which will support exceptional care for the East Toronto community.
Find out which programs and services will be available in the new and renovated spaces on level four.
CHILD AND YOUTH OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
MGH’s Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Unit will move into a renovated space on the fourth floor of the hospital existing K-Wing. Services in this unit will include:
- Building Bridges, a day program provided at MGH in conjunction with the Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Anxiety Clinic
- Crisis and Urgent Care
- Depression Clinic
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment Clinic
Consultation, assessment and group rooms will be provided within the new unit for individual and group meetings, observation of play and interactions, and psychological testing.
The Carswell Family Centre for Medical Education
MGH’s new Centre for Medical Education will be a central hub for medical learners and physicians to connect with each other for collaboration, learning and administrative functions.
This area will have:
- A classroom and teaching rooms for medical education including tele-education
- Central duty/sleep rooms for residents who provide call services as well as an associated lounge, kitchenette, and study facilities
- Adjacent locker rooms
HEALTH PROFESSIONS DEPARTMENT
Care teams at MGH often include health professionals from many disciplines including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, registered dietitians and social workers.
Within the MGH’s redeveloped campus, a health professions department will be created. The space will provide workspaces for administrative tasks as well as meeting rooms for interdisciplinary collaboration. The department will be centrally located on the campus to facilitate easy access to and from patient care areas.
One of the most effective ways to evaluate and improve patient safety is to use realistic, patient care simulations. Simulations provide students and healthcare professionals the opportunity to practice patient assessments, diagnostics and treatments without putting patients at risk. MGH’s new Simulation Centre will be an innovative, multipurpose space used for medical team-based learning, technical training and situational awareness. The space’s design and layout will allow it to be transformed into various clinical settings/scenarios and will also be used in the recruitment process to assess how candidates perform in various simulated clinical situations.
The Michael MacMillan and Cathy Spoel Terrace
A new outdoor terrace has been created on the fourth floor and will overlook the hospital’s Coxwell Avenue landscaping and the skyline of downtown Toronto.
Once open, the terrace will be accessible to staff, physicians and volunteers along with patients and community members. The space has been designed with a variety of flexible seating and natural plant species and will be enclosed with glass railings for visibility and safety.
The Hospital is committed to supporting staff, physicians and volunteers to achieve a work-life balance and their physical, mental, and psychological wellness as part of engaging staff in continually improving patient care.
The staff wellness program, under the human resources portfolio, provides staff with access to fitness facilities and various programs. As part of the Hospital’s redevelopment project, new therapy rooms for will be created, which will provide MGH staff, physicians and volunteers with access to massage and physiotherapy services.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & CLINICAL INFORMATICS SUPPORT SPACE
The hospital’s existing cafeteria seating area on level four of the G-wing will be renovated into Information Technology & Clinical Informatics work spaces and training areas. The new Moez and Marissa Kassam Food Court and seating area will be moved to the ground level, adjacent to the main Coxwell Avenue entrance.
Don’t miss a minute of the action onsite. Watch the construction of Michael Garron Hospital’s redevelopment project live here.