Toronto's first child hospice part of the Don Jail lands redevelopment

When its Toronto's first paediatric hospice, 6 beds in an old mansion is a good start. Plans for Toronto's first hospice and respite centre for complex palliative children and teens will be presented Thursday. The expansion of the Governor's Mansion and revitalization of Gerrard and Broadview as a "unique campus of care" in Riverdale includes:

The new Bridgepoint Hospital – A state-of-the-art facility that has been designed to meet the specialized care needs of people with complex chronic disease (multiple lifelong illnesses) and disability.

The Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation – The new Hospital will bring together world-class clinical, education, and research talent. Together, they will identify new and innovative ways of preventing and managing complex chronic disease.

The Bridgepoint Family Health Team – Provides primary care services to people in the Riverdale community and across the Greater Toronto Area. Using an innovative model of care, family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and pharmacists work in partnership with patients.

The Bridgepoint Health Foundation – Supports the mission of Bridgepoint Health through charitable giving and community partnerships. Generous donors make it possible to develop new and enhanced patient care programs, create advanced training opportunities for the next generation of health care providers and undertake research to improve the prevention and management of complex chronic disease.

The focus on complex chronic care, linking of hospital and researchers, as well as the creation of an interdisciplinary family health team for a specific area of the city is very exciting. SickKids recently setup The Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative which intensively supports a small, growing group of children with particularly complex health needs. In December 2009, three months after Bridgepoint raised over $400 million in bonds, SickKids launched a $200 million dollar unsecured debenture for their proposed Research Tower on nearby Bay St.

Anyone know if Bridgepoint is intended to become an alternative destination to SickKids for some of Canada's most complex care kids?

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