Province Announces New Hospital in Markdale

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins in Markdale, announcing plans for a new Centre Grey Hospital. September 16, 2014. Photo by: Kirk Scott.

The province is moving forward with plans to build a new hospital in Markdale.

Health Minister Doctor Eric Hoskins was in Markdale with the good news the province is committed to the project. People in the area raised over 12 million dollars for the estimated 50 million dollar facility.

Hoskins says that community support was crucial in the decision to proceed. The new hospital will replace the current aging facility in Markdale. It will include 24/7 urgent and primary care as well as short stay beds and diagnostic and laboratory services.

Hoskins can’t say exactly when construction on a new hospital in Markdale will start as there are still architectural details to be finalized and tenders to go out.

Meanwhile, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services Lance Thurston says Grey Bruce Health Services is extremely pleased with today’s announcement, and we look forward to building a new hospital for the residents of Markdale and the surrounding central Grey area.

“Our community has been very generous over the years in supporting hospital fund raising initiatives, and now we can build an efficient, appropriately sized and designed state-of-the-art facility to continue delivering the quality care our patients expect and deserve,” says Thurston.

South West Local Health Integration Network Board Chair Jeff Low says the rural communities in South East Grey County require the right infrastructure to provide high quality health care.

“The construction of a new hospital in Markdale will provide residents with a modern facility that will meet the demands of rural medicine for many years to come,” he says.

The government has approved up to $3 million to support capital planning for this project.

 – With files from Elizabeth Priest