Five years after Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) opened a $450 million expansion that doubled its size, the health centre has begun planning for the future. A future which includes a south campus to meet healthcare needs in rapidly-growing south Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Before expansion approvals are given, the provincial government requires hospitals to undertake comprehensive master programming and planning. The planning studies will explore, in great detail, the services RVH should provide in the future, the preferred location and infrastructure planning. An important step in this process is public consultation and feedback.

“Planning for an additional facility is a 10 to 20-year process,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “To meet the healthcare needs of our region in the future, we must begin the planning now as good planning takes time. A key step in this process is to seek feedback from area residents as we plan our future. Together.”

RVH invites residents to share their feedback by taking an online survey at RVHPlanourFuture.ca. Results of the survey will be posted on the website and further feedback and input can be provided at community open house sessions.

All are welcome to attend community listening sessions. Light refreshments will be provided. They’re scheduled on May 1, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Painswick Library (Massie Family Room), 48 Dean Avenue, Barrie; May 15, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Innsifil Public Library, 967 Innisfil Beach Road; and May 23, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre, 471 West Park Ave., Bradford.

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