VAUGHAN, ONT. — Project owner Mackenzie Health celebrated substantial completion of the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital north of Toronto on Sept. 18.
The milestone signals the completion of the bulk of construction on the project, with another phase of installations to ensure the hospital is ready to provide patient care, stated a release. When it opens in early 2021, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will double access to care for the communities of Vaughan, King and Richmond Hill.
To date, the provincial government has spent $1.3 billion on construction of the project. An additional $178 million has been raised from the community as part of Mackenzie Health Foundation’s $250 million Ultimate campaign.
Construction on the project was launched in October 2016. The project was delivered by Plenary Health, along with partners PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Stantec and Johnson Controls. The project reached substantial completion on Aug. 26.
With the addition of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, Mackenzie Health will offer full-service emergency departments and medicine and surgery programs at two hospitals, Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. Some specialized care programs will be delivered by one of the facilities, such as the Woman and Child program at Cortellucci and the inpatient Rehabilitation and Complex Continuing Care programs in Richmond Hill.
“On behalf of the Plenary Health team we are thrilled to hand the site over to Mackenzie Health so they can transform this smart building into a hospital,” said Kelly Wallace, vice-president and district manager of PCL Constructors Canada, in the statement. “I’d like to commend over 1,000 women and men whose commitment to safety enabled us to complete this hospital for the community during a global pandemic, with over three million hours worked without a lost time injury.”