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Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and McMaster University pick up tools to start health centre project

Published: May 17, 2012
Gary Carr, Eric Vandewall, Dr. John Kelton, and Jack Denison at the celebration of the first phase of the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre of McMaster University
From left: Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair; Eric Vandewall, JBMH President and CEO; Dr. John Kelton, Dean and Vice President of McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences; and Jack Denison, Burlington City Councilor, at the celebration of the first phase of the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre of McMaster University

With the swing of a sledgehammer today, the first steps were taken to build the new Halton McMaster Family Health Centre of McMaster University as the first phase of the Redevelopment Project at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital.

Officials gathered to celebrate the landmark occasion by donning hard hats and taking a swipe at the former Ministry of the Environment building that is to be demolished  to make room for the new building at the south side of the hospital on Lakeshore Road.

The new three-storey building will be the permanent home for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre currently temporarily housed on Harvester Road. The new centre, being designed for patient comfort, will care for 10,000 patients and expects 45,000 visits a year at the first-floor clinic. The building, shared by the university and hospital, will also have administration space on the second and third floors for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and the Department of Family Medicine of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, along with a parking garage.

Demolition of the old building is expected to take three to four weeks, as the building will be deconstructed to ensure as many materials as possible are recycled or reused. Construction of the new building will begin in 2013 and is anticipated to be opened in early 2014.

"We will be building a family health clinic here which will first consider the needs of the patients and the staff, and will take advantage of this wonderful site on the lake," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences. "We appreciate the support of the residents of Burlington and Halton in making this a reality."

"This is an exceptional opportunity for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, as we move one step closer to our goal of becoming a fully affiliated teaching hospital with McMaster University," said Eric Vandewall, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital President and CEO. "Not only will this centre have our very best family doctors teaching McMaster students, it will also provide our Burlington residents more access to family doctors. We look forward to working with McMaster on this exciting new phase of our Redevelopment Project."

The family health centre was made possible by a $10-million grant by the City of Burlington and the Region of Halton to the university for its Ron Joyce Centre on South Service Road and a downtown Burlington family health clinic.

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