Five years after launching a campaign to rebuild SickKids, our newest
building is no longer just a vision.
On a rainy October afternoon in 2019, we
officially broke ground
on the Patient Support Centre (PSC) — the newest building of our
campus transformation. We sunk our shovels in the wet dirt and tried to imagine the
gleaming tower that would rise from where we stood. Today, we don’t
have to imagine.
The PSC has reached its full height of 22 floors. The
is nearly complete. Interior work is now underway — drywall,
flooring, utilities — and staff are scheduled to start moving in
next year. The PSC is the result of more than a decade of planning
and work. Since we
launched our campaign
to re-imagine SickKids, our donor community has rallied around the
cause, keenly aware of the limits of our existing hospital. But
before we could build a new one, we needed a place for the staff who
work there — for the people who support our patients.
Artist rendering of the Patient Support Centre.
Located between the hospital and the Peter Gilgan Centre for
Research and Learning, the PSC is both a symbolic and literal bridge
between clinical care and medical research. The building will house
workspaces for 3,000+ medical, health-care, and corporate services
staff. For the first time, nearly all medical divisions will be in
the same building, no longer scattered across hospital wings, buried
deep in hidden corridors. Physician offices will feature space and
technology for virtual visits, fast becoming an entrenched aspect of
patient care. Community hubs and lounge areas will offer ample
opportunity for collaboration.
Watch our Patient Support Centre Rise.
From the outside, the PSC’s defining visual feature is the rainbow
staircase that zigzags the height of the tower. The stairs will
connect on the third floor to a pedestrian bridge that will
eventually link to the rest of the campus.
The PSC main entrance is off Elizabeth Street. The lobby will be all
glass and light, with plans for a striking 700-square-foot mobile of
abstract shapes, to be co-created with patients and families.
Throughout the PSC, playful design features will remind us that this
is a place dedicated to the care of children. Their sketches and
doodles will adorn murals, and their inspiring words will be lit up
in cursive neon lights above each floor’s elevator bank.
The lobby’s blue “ribbon staircase” leads one level down to the new
home of our Simulation Centre, a hands-on education and training hub
supporting 4,000+ learners every year. Here, SickKids staff,
students, and international trainees will learn intricate procedures
or practice scenarios on lifelike mannequins in realistic rooms,
fitted with IV pumps and piped gases. Other simulations will take
place in an immersive virtual reality room with interactive walls,
where a projection system can transform the space into any
It’s all part of the constant, unseen work of being — and staying —
excellent. We’re not building just a tower, but a place for
learning, collaboration and preparation, so that when staff cross
the bridge into the hospital, they’re as excellent as they can be.
The PSC is the result of more than a decade of planning and work.
Since we launched our campaign to re-imagine SickKids, our donor
community has rallied around the cause, keenly aware of the limits
of our existing hospital.
Where everyone will be acknowledged, valued and respected.