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New building topped off with autographed beam

McMaster University and Joseph Brant Hospital see construction signed off

Published: December 5, 2013
Gary Carr, Rick Goldring, David Price, Eric Vandewall and Paul Faulkner
From left: Halton Region Chair Gary Carr; Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring; Chair, Department of Family Medicine David Price; Joseph Brant Hospital CEO Eric Vandewall and Joseph Brant Chief of Staff Paul Faulkner at the signoff for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre

Today officials of Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH), McMaster University, the City of Burlington and Region of Halton literally signed off on construction of the joint Lakeshore Road building which will house the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre.

Everyone gathered on site today to etch their signatures on a special steel beam which will be lifted into place to finish the initial construction of the building. Besides the family health centre, the 40,000-square-foot building will host hospital administration and be attached to a large parking facility.

"Today is another milestone event for Joseph Brant Hospital in respect to moving forward and completing phase one of our hospital redevelopment and expansion project" said Eric Vandewall, JBH president and CEO. 

The family health centre of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will have 10,000 patients and see 26,000 patient visits a year, as well as be the base for training of family medicine physicians and other health profession learners in the region. The new clinic will have four clinician faculty members and 10 family medicine residents.

"This new home for care and learning is fast becoming a reality, and a testament to the desire of the City of Burlington, the Region of Halton, Joseph Brant Hospital and the university to enhance health care in the community" said David Price, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Burlington mayor Rick Goldring added: "By marking our signatures on this beam today, we are committing to a bright health care future for the people of Burlington. The new Halton McMaster Family Health Centre is an important component of the redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital and demonstrates how when a community works together, we can achieve truly great things."

"I am very pleased that Halton Region has partnered with Joseph Brant Hospital and McMaster University to bring this project to life," said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. "Together with our Physician Recruitment Program, the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre will allow for more medical residents training in Halton, resulting in greater access to  quality of care for residents, employers and the community as a whole."

The family health centre will open at the new Burlington location in the spring of 2014.

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