As we move ever closer to completing our vision of a modern, warm and welcoming mental health hospital — one in which people receive care with respect and dignity — we’ve reached an important construction milestone.
Photo: The CAMH community writes messages of hope on a steel beam to be installed in the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building.
“Our new buildings will be so much more than walls, floors and ceilings. They will be respectful and dignified places that promote healing and recovery.”
CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn.
Photo: The next phase of our redevelopment has reached an important milestone: the topping off.
In mid-December, CAMH and our redevelopment partners — Plenary Health, PCL and Infrastructure Ontario — poured the last concrete roof slabs on the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building and the Crisis and Critical Care Building. Known in the construction world as the “topping off,” this event marked the completion of the outer structure of our buildings. We are on track to welcome patients into these buildings in mid-2020.
With this milestone now behind us, our focus has shifted to the “countdown to care," ensuring our care models and approaches to patient care match this new hospital.
“With every concrete slab poured, steel reinforcement bar hoisted or wall panel installed, our vision to transform patient care and challenge stigma has come more in focus,” says David Cunic, CAMH’s Vice-President Redevelopment and Support Services.
Thanks to support from Tour de Bleu
Photo: The Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighborhood is being made possible thanks to a $3.75-million gift from Tour de Bleu, a 160-kilometre private cycling event hosted by the Peter Gilgan Foundation and Mattamy Homes.
The new buildings will feature a 300-seat auditorium for conferences and community events, our Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department, and 235 inpatient beds. Within the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building, people with mental illness will learn the skills they need to succeed beyond CAMH, thanks to $3.75 million in support from Tour de Bleu, a 160-kilometre private cycling event hosted by the Peter Gilgan Foundation and Mattamy Homes.
The Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighbourhood will provide shared spaces for sports, exercise activities, a teaching kitchen, music and art spaces, and mental health and recovery educational spaces for patients and their families.
“Knowing that the Tour de Bleu Therapeutic Neighbourhood will be there for people as they transition out of their time at CAMH brings me, and all our riders, an immense sense of pride,” says Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes.
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