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Dirt fling begins construction on Halton McMaster Family Health Centre

Published: March 7, 2013
Joseph Brant Hospital redevelopment
Digging in for the future: hardhats, shovels and smiles mark the ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of McMaster’s Family Health Centre. From left: Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair; Rick Goldring, Burlington Mayor; Eric Vandewall, Joseph Brant Hospital President and CEO; Dr. David Price, Chair, McMaster Department of Family Medicine; Dr. Amie Davies, Halton Site Director, McMaster Department of Family Medicine; Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services and MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale; Dr. Graham Swanson, McMaster Department of Family Medicine; Tracey Carr, Director, McMaster Department of Family Medicine; Dr. Adam Grzeslo, McMaster Department of Family Medicine

With a toss of sand from their shovels, officials broke ground March 6 on the first building of the redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington which will include the new home of the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre.

"This is a special day, we’re making our dream become a reality," said Eric Vanderwall, president and CEO of the hospital.

David Price, chair of the Department of Family Medicine of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, represented the University at the event.

"We’re seeing an evolution of health care in this community, we’re going from really good to really incredible," he said. He added that the community has a vibrant hospital and primary health system, and the partnership between McMaster, the hospital, the city of Burlington and region of Halton will see more team-based care approach develop between all health care providers.

Rick Goldring, mayor of Burlington, said the new hospital is the city’s most significant capital project, and the partnership with McMaster is an important step in enhancing health care.

Halton Chair Gary Carr pointed out the region is considered to have among the highest standard of living in Canada and having excellent health care system attracts business to the community.

Construction of the new Halton McMaster Family Health Centre, currently housed on Harvester Road, is expected to move to the new purpose-built Lakeshore Road building early in 2014.  The new centre 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 the Department of Family Medicine and Joseph Brant Hospital, along with a parking garage.

The medical school currently has seven family medicine residents at the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre, but that is expected to grow to 10 residents at the new location.

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

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