On Thursday, Brampton was the site of an announcement on the future expansion of healthcare services in our city. Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care committed to add 37 new beds to Brampton Civic Hospital and to begin the process of development of Phase II of Peel Memorial Hospital.
While the announcement did not include specifics, the news has been welcomed by Brampton residents as a step forward and a sign that the Province is finally listening to Brampton, a city that is seriously under-served when compared to others in the province.
According to a press release, “Phase II of Peel Memorial will consist of over 100 new rehabilitation and complex continuing care beds. Phase II is an integral part of the long-term planning process to increase inpatient capacity across Osler’s health system.”
What does that mean? Brampton Focus spoke with Dr. Brendan Carr, the newly-minted President and CEO of William Osler Health System, to obtain an explanation. Here is his very informative interview, conducted by Nikita Brown:
The original Peel Memorial Hospital was closed down in 2007. Since its founding in 1925, it has undergone several renovations and expansions. In 2012, the facility was demolished to make way for the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness at a cost of $530 million.
The new facility opened in 2017 providing an Urgent Care Centre for dealing with non-life-threatening conditions which alleviates pressure on Brampton Civic Hospital. Peel Memorial also offers day surgery services, as well as mental health, diabetes care, senior rehabilitation and dialysis services to the residents of Brampton.