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Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital

Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital
Sinai Health
Location1 Bridgepoint Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°39′59″N 79°21′16″W / 43.66639°N 79.35444°W / 43.66639; -79.35444
Affiliated universityUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Emergency departmentNo
SpecialityRehabilitation hospital and complex care
ListsHospitals in Canada

Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital, formerly Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, is a complex care and rehabilitation hospital in Toronto, Ontario. It is a member of the Sinai Health system and affiliated with the University of Toronto

In October 2021, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare was renamed Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital in recognition of a $36 million gift from Jay S. Hennick and Barbara Hennick, longtime leaders and supporters of Sinai Health. Jay Hennick was the Chair of the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital and Sinai Health from 2013 to 2016, while Barbara Hennick sat on the Sinai Health Foundation's Board of Directors and was President of the Auxiliary from 2005 to 2007."[2]


The House of Refuge in 1865

The hospital is located next to the Don River in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto and includes the historic Don Jail building, which is now the administration building for the hospital. The municipal address is 14 St. Matthews Road, Toronto, Ontario, at the corner of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street. The hospital building towers over the east side of the Don Valley Parkway.


Bridgepoint Hospital

The "House of Refuge" was built on the site in 1860 as a home for "vagrants, the dissolute, and for idiots". The facility became the "Riverdale Isolation Hospital" in 1875 during a smallpox epidemic.[3] It became a specialized facility located on the edge of the city to house patients with communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis. As times changed, in 1957, the hospital's name and mandate were changed; its focus was shifted to helping those with chronic ailments and/or needing rehabilitation, as the Riverdale Hospital. The architecturally distinctive brown brick "half-round" Riverdale Hospital - which become Bridgepoint Health in 2002 - was completed in 1963; was amalgamated structurally into the new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare campus. In 1997 as part of Mike Harris' cutbacks the government moved to close the original facility, but a community lobbying effort kept it open, and saved the historic Riverdale Hospital building.


Newly constructed Bridgepoint Hospital building, connected to the former Don Jail which now serves as the facility's administrative wing
Former logo prior to Sinai Health System affiliation

In 2003, a $200 million expansion project was announced, which modernized and expanded the facility. The final result is the purpose-built, 10-storey, 404-bed Bridgepoint Hospital building,[4] which is connected by a glass walkway to the old Don Jail building.[5] Part of the former Don Jail was demolished in 2014 as part of the Bridgepoint Redevelopment project.[6]

The Community Master Plan was approved by the City of Toronto in 2006.[7] The new facility serves as a 'living lab' to foster the research and treatment of complex chronic disease. It serves as a research base for the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation.[7]

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and Infrastructure Ontario partnered with Plenary Health to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility for 30 years after completion.[7][3] Construction started in the fall of 2009,[8] and the facility has been fully operational since April 2013.[9][10]

Patient services moved to the new hospital building on April 14, 2013.[4][11] The 10-storey hospital building is adjacent to the former Don Jail building (completed in 1864), which now serves as the administrative wing of the hospital.[3][12] The new building officially opened on June 25, 2013.[9][10]

In Popular Culture

The hospital features heavily in the Canadian drama series Orphan Black, where the redeveloped building and the Don Jail serve as the headquarters for the villainous Dyad Group. [13]


  1. ^ Lavoie, Joanna (January 30, 2015). "Voluntary merger results in creation of new Sinai Health System". Beach Mirror. Metroland Media Group. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Sinai Health to rename Canada's largest complex care and rehabilitation hospital in celebration of transformative $36 million gift { accessed 2021-10-28
  3. ^ a b c "Toronto's Bridgepoint Hospital weaves healing into its design". Angela Kryhul. The Globe and Mail. December 10, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Introducing Bridgepoint Active Healthcare". Marian Walsh. Hospital News. September 1, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Toronto's Doors Open event adds more than 40 new locations". Peter Kim. Global News. May 23, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Mark McAllister (Reporter) (March 3, 2014). Deconstruction of the Don Jail begins. Canada: Global News.
  7. ^ a b c "Bridgepoint Health unlocking new future for healthcare". Tara Hatherly. March 7, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Bridgepoint hospital moving 400 patients to new building". Brian McKenchnie. Global News. April 14, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "New Bridgepoint Hospital opens". James Armstrong. Global News. June 25, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Galit Solomon (June 25, 2013). New Bridgepoint Health Centre officially opens in Toronto. Canada: CityNews.
  11. ^ Stéphane Blais (April 14, 2013). Déménagement de l'hôpital Bridgepoint (in French). Canada: Radio-Canada.
  12. ^ Kris Reyes (Reporter) (April 14, 2013). Touring the new Bridgepoint Hospital. Canada: Global News.
  13. ^ "A (mostly) complete guide to the Toronto locations that showed up on Orphan Black". Luc Rinaldi. Toronto Life. August 15, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2023.
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