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Casey House is pleased to announce that construction has begun on our new 58,000-square-foot redevelopment project at the corner of Jarvis and Isabella Streets.

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More people in Toronto are living with HIV than ever before, and the need for specialized HIV/AIDS health care has grown faster than our ability to provide care within the limits of our current building. Casey House is deeply cherished in our community, and so we consulted throughout the planning stages with an extensive array of stakeholders. We are very grateful to everyone involved for their thoughtful input and support, which has helped to ensure that our clients will continue to be served with excellence and compassion in a beautiful and home-like environment, in keeping with the vision of our founders.

Casey House Construction Begins

March 11, 2015: Casey House CEO Stephanie Karapita hands the keys for the redevelopment property to Richard Ellis-Smith, VP of Major Projects for Bird Construction.

Thanks to support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, which will fund the majority of the construction costs, this redevelopment will enable Casey House to more than double our current care capacity and introduce a new Day Health Program. Bringing all our services under one roof, Casey House will introduce a new model of care that will greatly improve access to specialized health care for the growing number of people living with complex presentations of HIV/AIDS in Toronto.

The redevelopment is the result of an extensive planning process and fundraising effort that has been underway for several years. The award-winning design by Canada’s renowned architect Siamak Hariri incorporates a thoughtful historic preservation of one of the original mansions of Jarvis Street, complemented by a modern health care facility that will provide clients with extensive access to sunlight, community spaces and greenery.

The construction of this new building will be the next step in Casey House’s long-standing and pioneering response to the need for advanced HIV/AIDS care in Toronto.

Since our founding by volunteers in 1988, Casey House has continually adapted to the many changes in Toronto’s ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and the needs of our diverse client population. This redevelopment is the newest and very exciting next step in that evolution, as it will allow our interprofessional health care team to serve many more people within a broader continuum of services.

An official groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the end of March, with the new building scheduled to open at the end of 2016. Please stay tuned to this site for updates as work progresses.

KEY FACTS:

  • More people in Toronto are living with HIV than ever before: More than 1 in 120 adults in Toronto are now HIV positive.
  • Although treatments have improved greatly, HIV/AIDS remains a very complicated chronic disease, which can be difficult and expensive to treat, particularly as an individual ages or if they experience complications or do not access care.
  • Casey House provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS who are medically complex. Many of our clients are coping with five or more serious illnesses in addition to their HIV infection.
  • Without this facility expansion, the need for specialized care for people at the advanced stages of the disease will outstrip Casey House’s current capacity. This redevelopment will serve this growing demand and address the future sustainability of advanced HIV/AIDS care in our community.
  • Key to Casey House’s new model of advanced HIV/AIDS care will be the introduction of a Day Health Program, bringing multiple health care services under one roof and more than doubling our care capacity.
  • Canada’s first standalone HIV hospice, Casey House was founded in 1988 by volunteers including June Callwood. Since that time, Casey House has responded to the dynamic evolution in the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by introducing an array of innovative and vital health care services. The new Day Health Program will be the next step in Casey House’s ongoing response to the need for advanced HIV/AIDS care in Toronto.
  • The new 58,000 square-foot facility has been designed by award-winning architect Siamak Hariri and will feature the restoration of one of the original mansions of Jarvis, coupled with a purpose-built contemporary health care addition.
  • The new Casey House facility is scheduled to open at the end of 2016. Updates and photos of the construction process will be frequently updated online here >>.

For more information:

Casey House Foundation 416-962-4040 ext. 232 / heart@caseyhouse.on.ca