New Peel Memorial upgrades and health care projects get $1.9M boost in Brampton


Published April 10, 2024 at 10:01 am

Guests of Osler Foundation’s 11th annual Holi Gala were entertained by Indo-Canadian singer, Sarbjit Cheema. The sold-out event raised more than $1.92 million in support of William Osler Health System.

Hundreds of guests turned up for a sold-out celebration raising more than $1.9 million to help transform the Peel Memorial Centre and improve health care in Brampton.

The William Osler Health System’s 11th-annual Holi Gala sold out this year, thanks in part to a performance by Indo-Canadian singer Sarbjit Cheema.

The Festival of Colours raised more than $1.92 million in support of Osler health care projects like the Peel Memorial upgrade project, including a new 24-hour Emergency Department to replace the existing Urgent Care Centre.

The Peel Memorial Centre is slated for upgrades including the region’s first Adolescent Intensive Day (AID) Program for youth struggling with self-harm.

The billion-dollar overhaul also includes plans for some 250 inpatient beds with space for more in the future, rehabilitation and continuing care services, enhanced mental health and addictions services, and additional services for seniors.

“As our community continues to grow, so, too, will our health system, to provide the care we all need,” said Ken Mayhew, president and CEO of the William Osler Health System Foundation. “We are grateful to the many sponsors and donors who stepped up to help us raise $1.92 million in support of critical redevelopment and equipment needs across Osler’s hospitals.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a stop at Peel Memorial last month along with Brampton MP Sonia Sidhu to learn about some of the health care challenges faced in the city, including a large number of diabetic patients.

As one of Ontario’s fastest-growing and culturally diverse cities, Osler says Brampton has the highest rate of diabetes across the province. The federal government introduced a bill earlier this month that charts a course toward a universal pharmacare plan which, in the interim, will cover birth control and diabetes drugs and supplies.

Osler says the upgrade will have inpatient beds for patients requiring longer hospital stays and “will help increase hospital and health care capacity in the community for years to come.”

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