Lakeridge Health’s New State-of-the-Art Surgical Centre and Health-Care Facility in North Pickering Set to Open in Late Fall 2023

Posted on Monday May 29, 2023

DURHAM REGION – Construction continues at the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre (JCHWC), Lakeridge Health’s new state-of-the-art Surgical Centre and health-care facility as the anticipated fall 2023 opening draws closer.

“We’re excited about the progress of the new Surgical Centre and health-care facility,” said Dr. Randy Wax, Chief of Staff, Lakeridge Health. “The new Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre will not only enable care closer to home, but also help to ease surgical backlogs with procedures performed in a community facility.”

Once operational, the JCHWC will be a new health services centre within the health-care system at Lakeridge Health. The Surgical Centre at the JCHWC will provide a wide range of day surgeries, including endoscopy, minor orthopaedics, and gynaecological procedures. And with more than 9,000 surgical cases projected to be completed annually at the JCHWC, hospital operating rooms will have increased capacity for more complex procedures.

“With this new community-based Surgical Centre, increased access and timeliness to surgical procedures will provide a better quality of life for the people of Durham Region,” added Dr. Wax.

In addition to the Lakeridge Health day surgeries in the new Surgical Centre, the facility is expected to house other health-care services, including doctors’ offices, urgent care, diagnostic imaging, lab services, and a pharmacy.

With the exterior of the JCHWC complete, construction is now focused on the interior spaces. This includes installing the fire protection systems, assembling internal partitions throughout the space, sourcing surgical equipment, and work on the mechanical, electrical, and medical gas systems.

“In order to best meet the growing needs of our ever-increasing Durham Region community, we continue to reimagine how we deliver care outside the hospital walls and are exploring innovative models of care, including providing surgical care,” said Cynthia Davis, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “Guided by our vision, One System. Best Health., we are pursuing a robust strategy of health system integration, connecting the dots between hospital, community care, and long-term care. The JCHWC will play a pivotal role in expanding health care for the people in this Region. It will provide connected and convenient care, including capacity to improve patient wait times and patient experiences, as well as be fully integrated within our health system.”

The JCHWC was named after the late local philanthropist, and community-builder, Jerry Coughlan, in recognition of his historic philanthropic support of $9 million to the new facility through the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and Lakeridge Health Foundation. These generous gifts provided the basis of the capital development of the centre.

To keep updated on the progress of the JCWHC, be sure to sign up for Lakeridge Health’s community e-newsletter and watch our social media feeds where we will soon post regular updates.


About Lakeridge Health

With five hospitals, four emergency departments, three critical care units, a long-term care home, a full range of medical and surgical specialties, more than 20 community health-care locations and a state-of-the-art surgical centre within the soon-to-open Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre, Lakeridge Health offers some of the broadest and most comprehensive acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care services in Ontario.

Lakeridge Health is also home to several regional specialty centres and services, including the Central East Regional Cancer Program, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, The Shoulder Centre, and eye care and chronic kidney disease services. Additionally, we are proud to serve our community with a full suite of inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based mental health and addictions services, and provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care in our state-of-the-art long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens.

Guided by our vision of One System. Best Health. and supported by a dedicated team of more than 8,700 staff, physicians, and volunteers, Lakeridge Health is working in collaboration with its Durham Ontario Health Team, primary care, and community and government partners to foster a truly integrated, regional system of care. Together, we are focused on empowering people to live their best health and fostering an accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment for all.

For information contact:

Sharon Navarro

Manager, Public Relations and Digital Communications

Lakeridge Health