"In the new building, I am looking forward to working in a purposefully-built, rehab facility that has been designed with direct input from the therapists who will be using them. The patients’ rooms will have more space so occupational therapists can assess their activities of daily living.
Easier access for wheelchair users throughout the facility will also make a huge difference for our patient’s mobility and independence!"
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Service
In the North Inpatient Block, three large air handling units have been placed on the roof, which will supply 100% fresh air into that wing. In the South Inpatient Block, construction workers are building the frame that will house three additional large air handling units. The Outpatient Block will also have four large air handling units in its wing.
Fresh air and access to the outdoors are important design elements in the new hospital. Each unit on each level will have a terrace, so patients may have access to the outdoors without travelling far. The terraces will be enclosed by nine feet of glass to provide safety and breathtaking views of the Humber ravine and west end of the city (cover photo).
On Level 1, the main lobby is taking shape with the exposed columns sanded to a smooth finish and the path of the main corridor from the lobby to the cafeteria created. Departmental areas and rooms are also being formed through the first floor.
There have been challenges to moving the live feed camera (wpconstructioncam.org) overlooking the construction site. West Park and EllisDon are looking into solutions.
The Great Crane Photo Contest
In 2020, three tower cranes arrived at West Park Healthcare Centre to help build its new hospital. In the fall, West Park held the Name the Crane Contest that resulted in the naming of the soaring towers — Wychwood (Crane 1), Phoenix (Crane 2) and Thunderbird (Crane 3).
With the exterior structure of the new hospital almost complete, the cranes will be leaving the campus this summer. Construction will continue on the interior of the facility until its opening in 2023.
To pay tribute to the three tower cranes that have brought fascination and joy to patients, staff and visitors on campus, West Park Healthcare Centre is launching The Great Crane Photo Contest.
The contest has three categories:
- Best Photo - A photo of at least one crane that evokes awe and inspiration
- Best Selfie - A photo of you with at least one crane
- Best Group Shot - A photo that includes two or more people with at least one crane
The contest is open to staff, patients and the community. By entering, the participants and winners agree to be involved in promotions on social media and our website.
Simply send your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Friday, July 9 at 11:59 p.m.
- Your name and contact info (email or phone)
- Photo(s) - You may enter as many photos as you wish
When taking or partaking in photos, please:
- Practice physical distancing and wear your mask if you are with others
- Be mindful of patient privacy and have the expressed permission of identifiable people in the photo
- Do not enter the construction site
Winners will be selected by a committee that will include a West Park patient, frontline healthcare worker and volunteer. Winners will have their choice of a $50 Gift Card purchased at West Park’s Pharmasave.
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