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City confirms investment in downtown McMaster Health Campus

Published: August 10, 2011
McMaster Health Campus rendering
Preliminary conceptual rendering of the proposed McMaster Health Campus in downtown Hamilton

McMaster’s plan for its downtown health campus took a significant step forward when Hamilton councillors approved a $20-million investment in the project and agreed to locate some of the city’s public health services and clinics at the site.

"This is a significant project for Hamilton and McMaster and we are very pleased with the city’s investment and partnership," says McMaster President Patrick Deane. "For many years McMaster and the city have worked to expand the university’s presence in the core and with this campus, our beachhead in downtown is strengthened."

During a meeting of the city’s General Issues Committee where the campus plan was approved, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina said the campus represents a significant milestone for Hamilton.

"This is our finest hour," the Mayor said. "We will take pride years from now that we’ve made this happen."

The McMaster Health Campus will be a hub for students, teaching, patient care and research. The campus will allow up to 15,000 Hamiltonians from across the city now without a doctor to have a family physician. It will see up to 54,000 patient visits every year and bring 4,000 McMaster students downtown to participate in classes, training and events. The campus will be home to 450 McMaster employees and create 650 jobs during design and construction.

The Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will be located at the campus. In addition, McMaster’s continuing health sciences education program and the nurse practitioner program will be based at the site. The Maternity Centre of Hamilton, Shelter Health Network and several major research programs will also be located there.

The university is continuing its discussions with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to acquire a site at the corner of Main and Bay streets, the proposed location of the health campus.

Councillors’ approval of the locating some of the city’s public health services at the campus will provide efficiencies, while providing increased access to care and higher quality service.

"The McMaster Health Campus will help the city create healthy neighbourhoods, increase access to quality health care for people from across Hamilton and will create pride within the community. This is a powerful and important investment in our future," said John Kelton, dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and vice-president, health sciences of McMaster University.

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