What’s up at Church Street Hospital?

Way back in 2018, I was asked what was up at the Church Street site of the  Humber River Hospital (and I never did find out). An answer has come to light thanks to some readers and Frances Nunziata’s circular: It’s a “Reactivation Care Centre”—an off-ramp for acute-care hospital patients, who “no longer need acute care services, but often find themselves waiting for an alternate care facility, such as convalescent and long-term care.”

Photo from Sunnybrook

Our RCC is the second in the province, preceded by the Finch Avenue site that was also part of the Humber River Regional Hospital group.

According to Nunziata’s circular, things are still getting started at our location, and at present, there are 94 beds. An additional 120 will be opened in March.

The Church Street site will alleviate pressure at local acute-care hospitals that are part of the Central Local Health Integration Network. Sunnybrook, for example,  typically has “an occupancy rate of over 100 per cent”; sending patients to the Church RCC will free up beds needed urgently, and give patients specialized restorative care.

So it’s a win-win.

It’s also great news for Weston.

When the Church Street site was closed, many residents were concerned that it would be sold to developers, and that a high-density development would be built in a low-density neighbourhood. There were also concerns we would be missing the chance to develop a public good, like a college, seniors’ home, childcare, or park.

Plans to sell the property were thwarted, at least at first, by an odd legal artifact: 70 years ago, the Trimbee family sold the land to the Town of Weston with the condition that it would be used only for a hospital. The city sought to vacate that condition.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

6 thoughts on “What’s up at Church Street Hospital?”

    1. Nunziata legacy will be when she retires……

      “When the Church Street site was closed, many residents were concerned that it would be sold to developers, and that a high-density development would be built in a low-density neighbourhood. There were also concerns we would be missing the chance to develop a public good, like a college, seniors’ home, childcare, or park.”

      No the concern was we would get more low income housing density. Weston always gets low end development – ask Nunziata she is well aware.Report

  1. It’s fantastic news for the community! Hopefully, it will turn into a long term care facility which is so needed in the GTA. Given the location and that it’s already configured for patient care, it would probably take less $$ to convert. Positive thoughts!!Report

  2. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to add one more small but positive wrinkle to a site like this, as they have done in the Seattle area – where they have combined a long term care centre and a day care centre in such a site.

    Both much needed services with apparently, long wait lists. But, clearly successful and desirable, as seen on a CBC news report a few years back.

    The resulting magic – both groups are benefiting from their daily interactions. Children get to visit & meet the seniors on site, and the seniors often frail and lonely, get another chance to share their experiences and love with the youngsters.

    It’s a beautiful thing.

    Google it.
    (The 10 min. News feature video clip is probably still out there.)Report

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