Trillium Health building a new Pandemic Response Unit

Apr 8 2020, 6:22 am

Trillium Health Partners are building a temporary Pandemic Response Unit on the grounds of Mississauga Hospital to care for more patients in response to COVID-19.

The unit, which is slated for completion by the end of April, is being built in the south parking lot to increase capacity for a potential influx of patients the hospital is anticipating to get in the weeks ahead and will house 80 or more patients.

Trillium Health — one of the largest community-based hospital systems in Canada — said it has the ability to start construction on two more Pandemic Response Units and if all three are created, the units would provide capacity for as many as 270 additional care spaces, with the goal of making 1,000 patient care spaces available.

Pandemic Response Unit under construction (Trillium Health Partners)

“To protect our community and our people, we have been rapidly ramping up our COIVD-19 Pandemic Response Plan and taking every action possible to ensure we have the resource available if and when we see a surge in demand for patient care,” Michelle DiEmanuele, president and CEO of Trillium Health Partners, said.

The plan to build the Pandemic Response Unit comes on the heels of other actions the hospital is taking as part of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan, including the addition of upwards of 100 in-patient care spaces created by temporarily closing Queensway Health Centre’s Urgent Care Centre and 36 new critical care beds across the Credit Valley Hospital and Mississauga Hospital.

To date, Trillium Health has created 650 additional care spaces to meet patient demand.

The decision to increase patient care capacity comes after Public Health Ontario announced their data projections and modelling which saw there could anywhere from 12,500 to 80,000 cases by the end of the month with potentially 1,600 deaths.

Trillium Health currently had 1,398 beds across three sites, including 100 critical care beds.

The hospital system has also started a donation drive to encourage the community to help provide protective personal equipment for frontline workers, as there is a shortage of supply in the province.

On Tuesday, Ontario’s government launched an online portal to hire more health care positions across the province to increase the frontline capacity of hospitals, clinics, and assessment centres.

Premier Doug Ford also said that Ontario manufacturing companies will continue to make medical supplies for the health care sector to increase capacity to meet the potential demand needed in the weeks to come.