June 25, 2013 5:01 pm
Updated: June 25, 2013 5:37 pm

New Bridgepoint Hospital opens

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TORONTO – Toronto’s newest hospital has opened.

Officials gathered at the Bridgepoint Hospital near Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue to open the new hospital on Tuesday.

The state of the art facility specializes in rehabilitation and has over 400 beds with many dedicated to inpatient treatment.

“We’re standing in a hospital on a site now that bricks with light and optimism, stunning views of the city, and all of that contributes to that place of healing,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said at Tuesday’ grand opening.

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The new facility has a recovery pool and gyms on every floor.

Former patient Ted Zwiebel said Tuesday that the hospital has enough to attract him back if he ever needs to be hospitalized.

“If I ever got sick again, I’d want to come back to Bridgepoint. I’m not hoping to get sick again, not at all, but I would love to come back,” Zwiebel said.

But the opening almost didn’t happen.

Sixteen years ago, the hospital was slated for closure. CEO of the hospital Marian Walsh however said she worked to change the government’s decision.

“We went to Queen’s Park, we went to the Premier, we did everything we had to do in order to get the government’s attention on this finally, they did reverse their directions to close the hospital,” Walsh said.

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