Adding Hospital Beds to Expand Critical Care Capacity

Published on January 20, 2021

The government is using every tool at our disposal to support our hospitals as they respond to COVID-19.

The province is providing up to $125 million to immediately add over 500 critical care and high intensity medicine beds to hospitals in areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission. This is in addition to the more than 3,100 beds to increase capacity in the hospital sector and help with occupancy pressures caused by COVID-19.

A portion of the funding will be used to temporarily transition Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital into a systemwide resource supporting the province’s COVID-19 response when the new hospital is scheduled to open on February 7, 2021.

Initially, Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will provide a total of 185 beds, including over 35 critical care beds and 150 general medicine beds, which will support non-critical patients from other hospitals and alleviate hospital capacity pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once COVID-19 capacity pressures have stabilized, the new hospital will provide care and services to patients from across the western York Region as originally planned.

To further support frontline health care workers caring for patients during the pandemic, Ontario has also amended O. Reg 74/20 (Work Redeployment for Certain Health Services Providers) in response to the increasing demands on hospitals and retirement homes. The amended regulation will allow hospitals to temporarily redeploy health care workers to other hospitals or retirement homes that urgently need additional support.

The province continues to work with its hospital partners to further enhance capacity as required.

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