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Named after local builder & philanthropist, Jerry Coughlan, the Jerry Coughlan
Health & Wellness Centre (JCHWC) is Lakeridge Health’s new state-of-the-art
Surgical Centre and health-care facility.

Click here to see photos from the Grand Opening of the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre.


The Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre offers connected health-care services under one roof in Pickering, marking a significant leap forward bringing high-quality, state-of-the-art care closer to home for the rapidly expanding communities within Durham Region. 


A highlight of the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre is the new Surgical Centre operated by Lakeridge Health. Opening in Spring 2024, it features four operating rooms and is projected to complete more than 9,000 surgical cases annually. The Surgical Centre will help reduce pressures on the Lakeridge Health system by shifting day surgeries to this state-of-the-art outpatient centre and enable hospital operating rooms to focus on more complex procedures.   


The growing Durham Region has a broad spectrum of health-care needs, and the many providers at the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre will increase access to vital community care services. Other key health-care services being offered in the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre include:    


  • Lakeridge Health’s Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT): This unique, community-based mental health program provides direct treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  

  • Lakeridge Health’s Central East Prehospital Care Program (CEPCP): Also known as the “Base Hospital,” the CEPCP provides continuing medical education to paramedics and other prehospital care providers in the Durham Region. 

  • Primary Care and Urgent Care: Operated by family physicians from the North Durham Family Health Organization, Durham Region residents will have access to family medicine services and an Urgent Care Clinic, delivering a comprehensive range of urgent care services that, in time, will exceed the limitations of traditional walk-in clinics. 

  • Laboratory Services: The LifeLabs Patient Service Center will significantly enhance healthcare access in the Durham region, providing a wide array of services including thousands of general diagnostic tests, genetic testing, naturopathic testing and heart monitoring. 

  • Diagnostic Imaging: Further demonstrating the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre as a health-care “hub,” the EXR Medical Imaging Clinic will provide a wide range of radiology services, including x-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, bone mineral density, and mammography. 

  • Specialist Physicians: The Centre is also home to highly skilled and experienced Obstetrician/Gynaecologists dedicated to women’s health, diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions, as well as a specialist Plastic Surgeon who uses the latest advanced techniques to meet the individual needs of each patient. 


The innovative partnership between Lakeridge Health and Northwest, the leading developer, owner, and manager of health-care real estate in Canada and globally, enabled the design and development of this state-of-the-art ambulatory medical building. Under this partnership, Northwest serves as the building's owner and manager, leasing medical space to physicians and health-care providers, including Lakeridge Health as the anchor tenant. 

This modern multi-storey building is located at 1690 Dersan Street in Pickering on a 2.3-acre property that is owned by Lakeridge Health.

Thanks in part to donors to the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation, this Surgical Centre is being outfitted with some of the most up-to-date medical equipment available.  The Foundation will continue to provide fundraising support to the JCHWC so that its doctors & nurses will always have access to the best tools & technology to look after their patients.  To make your own donation in support of the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre, click here (choose "Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre" from the Fund pulldown menu).

Click here for more information about the Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre.

About Jerry Coughlan

For nearly seven decades, Jerry Coughlan built thousands of homes in the Region of Durham.

Nearing the end of his career, he wanted everyone who lived in his homes to also have a healthy and vibrant community in which live and work, where they could thrive and succeed just like he did.  His generous donation ensured that this happened.

Jerry watched this Centre take shape, but sadly passed away before seeing it completed.  We know, though, that he could be proud of this building that bears his name.

At the time of his gift, it was the largest made in the Region of Durham by an individual.

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