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New Bridgepoint hospital officially opens in Toronto

The new Bridgepoint Health Centre officially opened in Toronto on Tuesday, with a focus on rehabilitation and community space.

“The new Bridgepoint Hospital puts patients first and helps them focus on recovery,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement.

“With so many wonderful features that are open to the public, this exciting new facility will provide world class care, while serving as a vital hub for the community.”

The hospital, located near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East, has a rooftop garden, a library and an auditorium, all of which are open to the public.

For patients, there are therapy gyms on every patient floor, a glass-walled therapy pool and more living spaces and amenities, including a shared dining room, lounges and a rooftop terrace.

“The new Bridgepoint Hospital is a state of the art facility representing the leading edge of healthcare,” Health Minister Deb Matthews said.

“Bridgepoint supports our Action Plan for Health Care, where people get the right care at the right time and in the right place.  It’s a place where dedicated teams of professionals are committed to research, rehabilitation, prevention and caring for people with complex health conditions.”

The hospital will also be a hub for research and teaching in complex illnesses such as diabetes, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke.

Bridgepoint’s new administrative offices were on display earlier this year as part of Doors Open Toronto. The officers are housed in what used to be the old Don Jail in Riverdale. The complex was built in 1864, but has since been re-invented as a health care centre.

“They’ve taken that original historic architecture and they’ve renovated it to become the administration wing of their hospital, and they’ve actually preserved three of the old jail cells at the bottom of that building,” Kerri MacDonald, programming supervisor of special events at the City of Toronto, said last month.