The Humber River Regional Hospital closed this weekend. On Sunday morning at 6 am, the Church Street site shut its doors for the last time.
The hospital has moved to a new building at Keele and Wilson.
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The move, like the hospital, has been contentious. The future of the Church Street site is uncertain; the hospital board would like to sell it to pay a portion of their part of the bill (which is $200 million) but the city has a claim on some of the land.
Laura Albanese distanced herself from the move in a recent email circular, which included a very interesting passage:
The Province of Ontario does not own the land on which the HRH Church site is located. It is owned by the hospital…. Hospital leaders, including their Board of Directors, must take into account the overall public interest when making decisions .
If true, perhaps the Board might be held to a higher standard than pure profit and the land, perhaps, could be used for something other than another high-rise.
Still, it tried hard to improve over the past 8 years, and many people, myself included, feel attachments to it for the health care it provided us.
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