Groundbreaking for new Casey House HIV/AIDS health care centre

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Casey House Rendering

Casey House is breaking ground March 30 on a new 53,000 sq. ft. health care centre at Jarvis and Isabella St., for advanced HIV/AIDS care.

Dignitaries in attendance will include Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. Also in attendance will be Casey House clients, volunteers, donors, staff and government and community partners.

“Since our founding by volunteers in 1988, Casey House has been a pioneering leader in Ontario health care, continually adapting to the many changes in Toronto’s ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and the needs of our clients,” said Casey House board chair Gillian Stacey. “This redevelopment is the newest and very exciting next step in that evolution, as it will allow us to serve many more of Toronto’s vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS, with a wider array of much-needed services.”

Architect Siamak Hariri designed the estimated $35 million project, including renovating an existing heritage property with a modern addition. “The award-winning design will ensure that Casey House clients will continue to be served with excellence and compassion in a beautiful and home-like environment, in keeping with the vision of its founders,” a news release says.

Bird Construction is building the project.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the redevelopment is a build-finance project with Infrastructure Ontario. Thanks to the generous support of its community, Casey House has raised additional funding through a capital campaign, with a $10 million target.

The expanded site will enable Casey House to more than double its current care capacity, and allow for Casey House’s new model of HIV/AIDS care with more efficient, seamless consolidation of all programs and services under one roof. Key to Casey House’s future plans will be the introduction of a new Day Health Program that will improve health care for the growing number of vulnerable Torontonians living and aging with the complex health care challenges now posed by HIV/AIDS.

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