The communities served by Southlake are among the fastest growing and aging in Ontario and in recent years Southlake has become one of the most overcrowded hospitals in the province.
Our communities have dramatically outgrown Southlake’s current facilities. A recent independent study concluded that almost 90% more space would be required just to right-size our facility to current hospital planning standards. This does not factor in the growth in beds needed to improve access today and to be prepared for ongoing future population growth and aging in the years to come.
In 2019/20, Southlake had the highest medical and surgical occupancy out of its peer group of 21 large hospitals in Ontario. Southlake routinely has the highest number of hallway or “unconventional” beds in the Central Region of the province.
Southlake’s core buildings date back to the 1960s and 1970s.
Despite these infrastructure challenges, Southlake’s dedicated staff and physicians provide our communities with leading edge care each and every day.
Read the document below to learn more about why a new hospital is needed for northern York Region and southern Simcoe County.