What is a campus of care? How would it work?

The campus of care would be a lot like a university campus where there is a main building and then a cluster of smaller buildings around it.

In this case, the main building would be the Vaughan hospital and the smaller buildings would be non-profit, complimentary health care services, the kind you typically see outside of a hospital setting, like labs and specialized clinics.

Our vision is a “one-stop shop” where hospital care and non-hospital services such as seniors care, cancer screening, diagnostic services such as CT scans, MRIs and radiology, physiotherapy and mental health supports are all in one convenient location.

We also want Vaughan to have its own medical research facilities and educational institutions like a medical school and a nursing college

These services and institutions can be clustered on land adjacent to the hospital site that isn’t needed for hospital construction. And we can start building now.

A centralized approach like this would make Vaughan a leader in patient-centred care in Canada. It would also mean no more long commutes, lost time at work or with family, or expensive travelling and parking charges.

A centralized approach like this would make Vaughan a leader in patient-centred care in Canada.

What type of services would be offered?

At present, the VHCC plans to offer services like:

  • seniors care;
  • long-term care;
  • cancer screening;
  • mental health supports;
  • cardiology;
  • diagnostic services like CT scans, MRIs and radiology;
  • physiotherapy;
  • educational facilities like a medical school and nursing college; and
  • medical research facilities.

Does the hospital need to be built first?

No. These services are self-sustaining. The idea is to build the campus facilities on surplus land designated for hospital-related use.

Construction of the VHCC facilities can begin right away. Vaughan residents have been waiting far too long as it is – 10 years – for the hospital to be built. We can’t afford to wait any longer.

If the campus project gets built, does that mean Vaughan won’t get a hospital?

No. The two projects are complimentary. The VHCC is meant to enhance and expand on the services offered at the hospital, making patients in Vaughan some of the best served and cared for anywhere.

Is this a private clinic?

No. This is a strictly non-profit initiative that seeks to provide Vaughan residents with better health care, closer to home.

All profitable revenue generated by the Campus would go back into supporting local health care.

Who runs the VHCC?

The Vaughan Health Campus of Care is a citizen-led, non-profit organization of community members – professionals from business, in development, medicine, law, accounting, insurance and engineering – committed to seeing that Vaughan residents have access to quality health care, closer to home.

Michael DeGasperis is Chair of the Board of Directors and has been since the organization was founded in 2003.

All VHCC Board members volunteer their time. 

Who controls the hospital lands north of Canada’s Wonderland? The VHCC? Mackenzie Health? Or the City of Vaughan?

The taxpayers of Vaughan own the land. It was bought with their money. The VHCC handled the selection and purchase and using our private sector expertise, we secured an excellent deal for the taxpayers of this city.

Following the purchase of the land, it was always understood that up to 40 of the 87 acres would be used for the hospital alone. The remaining acreage (net of what is required for infrastructure) would be used for hospital-related and healthcare purposes. Our vision is that these ancillary lands be used to create a cluster of complementary health services, like labs and clinics, medical research facilities, and educational institutions, like a medical school and even a nursing college.

A legally-binding Contribution Agreement sets out who controls what, with Mackenzie Health controlling up to 40 acres on which the hospital is to be built. The VHCC is to oversee the construction and development of hospital-related services on the remaining 47 acres.  There is still a great deal of work to do, and we are as committed as ever.  We invite you to read the Contribution Agreement for yourself here.

This land is sitting empty, the infrastructure should have been completed and we should be building now. We don’t have to wait. While politicians and provincial bureaucrats are bickering and jockeying for control and self-serving political staging, Vaughan residents have received 10 years of broken promises and recycled announcements with no results. 

What happened to the $10 million that the federal government gave to the VHCC in 2011?

The $10 million was never fully disbursed. Instead of working together to build the health care facilities the residents of Vaughan so badly need, Liberal-connected members of City Council decided to play politics and block our ability to move forward.

The VHCC spent roughly $1.3 million on building a business case, land use planning, engineering and legal fees, developing procurement policies, and staff salaries and overhead.

The remaining $8.7 million was returned to the federal government, which is a terrible shame because that money was needed to move the campus project forward. If not for political game playing, there would be medical facilities open and functioning on the hospital lands today.

What about the millions of dollars raised through the VHCC’s sister organization, the Vaughan Health Care Foundation. Where has that money gone?

Approximately $8.3 million is safe and secure, being held in trust by the Royal Bank of Canada.

The donors were very clear – they wanted this money to be spent building the hospital. Not for more studies or another consultant’s report or some politician’s pet project.

Accordingly, the trust was created with very specific terms. The money will flow to Mackenzie Health when hospital construction starts. Not a moment before.