SBGHC submits first report on Kincardine hospital redevelopment

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South Bruce Grey Health Centre has submitted its Stage 1 report to the province for the redevelopment of the Kincardine hospital site.

The 1,800-page report is the first in a series of five steps the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care needs for a capital planning process.

The redevelopment of the Kincardine site has had several stops and starts over the years.

A growing population and significant existing infrastructure deficiencies at the hospital are two of the reasons that SBGHC has started the process.

At the same time, officials point to the upcoming Major Component Replacement Project at the Bruce Power Nuclear Facility as a population driver. Along with it is an increase in demand for emergency department use, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory services.

“As the population of the Kincardine area increases over the next twenty years, the Kincardine site will require updating and improvements to meet the increasing demand for hospital services,” said Larry Allison, SBGHC Board Chair.

Phase 1 will focus on the redevelopment of the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and new space for the proposed CT, and laboratory services. Phase 2, which would not be for several years, will focus on the redevelopment of the inpatient rooms.

“A phased approach to the project will ensure those areas of the hospital most in need today will be addressed first. As well, a phased approach will also ensure we advance a more fiscally responsible project,” said Michael Barrett, SBGHC president and CEO.

A preliminary drawing of Phase 1, and frequently asked questions regarding the project are available on SBGHC’s website.