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Joseph Brant site of McMaster Family Health Care

Published: January 27, 2012
Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, the preferred site for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre
Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, the preferred site for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre

McMaster University has selected Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital as the preferred site for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre, the City of Burlington, Halton Region, McMaster University and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital announced jointly today.

"This is an important announcement for Burlington, and demonstrates a partnership that is devoted to enhancing health care in our city," Mayor Rick Goldring said today at the Burlington Convention Centre during his State of the City address. "Creating a teaching hospital here in Burlington will raise the quality of health care for the people of Burlington and provide a great complement to the redevelopment of Joseph Brant hospital."

The city and the region have committed $10 million to McMaster University as part of the Ron Joyce Centre, housing the DeGroote School of Business, on South Service Road. This project included a commitment by McMaster to open a Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in downtown Burlington.

"One of the key initiatives in the Citizens' Priorities - Halton Region's 2011-2014 Action Plan is to attract new physicians to establish medical practices in Halton," said Regional Chair Gary Carr. "A partnership such as this will help to bring new physicians to the Region, and give more residents access to a family doctor."

McMaster anticipates using two floors, and about 15,000 square feet (1,394 square metres), of Joseph Brant as part of the Phase 1 project. All parties hope to be operational at Joseph Brant by the end of 2013.

"Although we are still working through our approval process, we know this location for the family health centre will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen our ties to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for the benefit of the hospital, the residents of Burlington and Halton and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine," said Dr. David Price, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. "This centre will also serve our expanding family medicine program in the Region."

Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, added: "This is an important step of our move towards having learners from our medical school and many of our health science programs involved in health care throughout Halton."

The site plan application for Phase 1 will be submitted to the city's planning and building department in May. Public consultation will help the community better understand the plans at Joseph Brant.

On Aug. 10, 2011, the province confirmed that the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital re-development project is approved. This project, with a budget of more $300 million, will result in a significantly rejuvenated hospital.

"We are very pleased to have the new Halton McMaster Family Health Centre on our hospital site," said Dr. Dwight Prodger, Chief of Staff at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. "There will be many benefits to Burlington and area residents with the HMFHC being located here including improved access to family medicine and specialist physicians and it will also help increase the hospital's ability to recruit and retain new physicians."

The project will proceed in two Phases. The hospital will begin with an RFP process and tender on Phase 1 in 2012 and construction in 2013. Phase 2 will go through a similar process with the tender award in 2014.


Facts about the City of Burlington's funding of JBMH

  • In December 2009, City Council approved a municipal contribution of $60 million for the proposed hospital redevelopment plan. The city is working on a memorandum of understanding and contribution agreement with the hospital that will outline when and how Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital will receive the city funding.
  • The city began collecting $1.2 million in 2010 and 2011 through a special tax levy. City Council earmarked $2.4 million from previous years' surpluses, and now has $4.8 million committed in a reserve fund earning interest. The tax levy amounts to $4 for each $100,000 of residential assessment.
  • The city has shown leadership in committing $60 million for the hospital redevelopment, and taxpayers have confirmed they think this money should be spent on improving our community hospital.
  • The Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital redevelopment and expansion is a $300 million-plus project. The planned civic contribution is $120 million. The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $60 million through a fundraising campaign in addition to the city's contribution of $60 million.
  • A telephone survey by Ipsos Reid in November 2009 found strong public support for the hospital redevelopment project and for a municipal contribution. Ninety per cent of Burlington residents surveyed agreed the project was important, and 72 per cent of those surveyed were supportive of the project when told about the proposed $60 million municipal contribution.
  • Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital was built in 1961. The last major update and refurbishment was more than 40 years ago. The redevelopment of the hospital is expected to include:
    • 10 new operating rooms
    • A new intensive care unit
    • 76 new in-patient beds
    • An enlarged and improved cancer unit
    • New diagnostic imaging and laboratory areas
    • Enlarged parking facilities; and
    • An expanded outpatient surgical suite.

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