Hospital redevelopment approved; city contributes $60m

Budget & Corporate Services Comm. Aug. 30, 9:30am, City Hall

Artist's rendering of Burlington's Joseph Brant Hospital redevelopment and expansion
Artist’s rendering of Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital redevelopment and expansion

Our community hospital has gotten the green light to proceed with a redevelopment that will improve access and patient care for residents. This summer, the province approved a redevelopment for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital to provide:

  • 76 more beds
  • 10 new operating rooms
  • a new intensive care unit
  • larger, enhanced cancer unit
  • more parking
  • new diagnostic imaging and laboratory areas
  • expanded outpatient surgical suite

Provincial funding formulas for all hospitals require that the community pay for 100% of equipment, and 10% of capital costs. This is called the “local share.” On a project this size – more than $300 million – the local share is $120m.

Half of that will be raised by the hospital foundation through community donations. In 2010, city council committed to the other half – $60m – and began a special tax levy to raise the funds. So far $4.8m has been collected.

The fact that our local share is in place contributed to achieving our approval.

A preliminary contribution schedule calls for $7.5 million annually from the city from 2012-2015, and $15 million in each of 2016 & 2017. Read more in the city’s report here and Appendices here coming to the Budget & Corporate Services Committee Aug. 30, 9:30am.

Click links to watch a three-part video series on the redevelopment:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

My take: The approval is welcome and long awaited news for our community. As a citizen member of the hospital board of governors since 2008, and now the city council representative on the board, I know the importance of this redevelopment for the health of our residents. Our hospital is a priority for our community. To meet our funding commitment will require an evaluation of all spending, with a focus on core activities. It’s a privilege to be part of making the redevelopment happen – a once in a generation experience that hundreds of residents, staff and community leaders have worked to achieve. My thanks to all involved – this is the first step in a journey to better health for Burlington.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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