472 vertical windows = 472 chronic-care beds . . . at the new Bridgepoint Health

A distinctive landmark already, and the doors don’t open until April, Bridgepoint Health perches above the Don Valley Parkway, Don River, and acres of ravine parkland.  The 680,000 hectare structure further cements TORONTO’s longtime status as Canada’s #1 medical centre.57% of Ontarians older than 65 live with 3 or more chronic diseases – sometimes as many as 8 or 9.  Once patients move into this bright new hospital, staff’s primary goal is to get them out and about, learning to manage their illnesses.  All aspects of the building – from communal dining rooms, to an Internet café, spiritual room, rooftop garden, visitor lounges, outside terraces and hairdressing services – have been designed with this end in mind.  <PHOTOS BELOW – construction of Bridgepoint 2010-12/ the semi-circular old hospital (to be demolished)/the restored Don Jail (1848) /landscaped parkland on the lip of the Don Valley>

BRIDGEPOINT2Bright floor-to-ceiling windows in every patient’s room offer spectacular views of the Riverdale neighbourhood to the east, the city skyline and Cabbagetown to the west.  Cabbagetown, just across the Gerrard Street Bridge  (Sumach/Sackville/Spruce Streets) contains several early medical buildings which have been turned into townhouses and apartments.  The first Toronto General Hospital (demolished), Women’s College Hospital (renovated) and a block of medical residences were established in this heritage neighbourhood.