RVH narrows down future south-campus zones

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) has narrowed down five potential areas on which to develop a new state-of-the-art south campus in rapidly-growing south Simcoe County and is asking for feedback in a new online survey.

RVH is more than half-way through its long-range planning exercise which includes determining how to best use space still available within its current Georgian Drive facility and planning for a new south campus to meet evolving healthcare needs in south Simcoe County. It will be a graduated plan, beginning with building an ambulatory care/outpatient centre within a decade, expanding to a full-service hospital in 20 years.

“Throughout this process, RVH has developed innovative approaches to ensure our communities’ voices are heard,” said Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “The invaluable feedback from patients, partners, Team RVH and community members is informing every step of this process. We know area residents will provide important perspectives on the location of the future south campus.”

The RVH site selection committee, which includes community members, has reviewed more than 2,000 data points and almost 50 potential sites. Through community consultation and more than 10,000 interactions with stakeholders, the committee heard about important considerations for choosing a site for RVH’s future south campus, including ease of access, public transportation, planned future development and servicing, connection to the community and future space to expand. As a result, the committee has narrowed its search to five zones in south Barrie and Innisfil. They are: Zone 1 (Highway 400 corridor lands); Zone 2 (South Barrie/North Stroud lands); Zone 3 (South Stroud/Yonge corridor lands); Zone 4 (South Alcona lands) and Zone 5 (6th Line and Yonge St.).

The survey can be accessed at surveymonkey.com/r/RVHsouthcampus and closes on Nov. 7 at midnight. You can also visit RVHPlanourFuture.ca to access the survey. The results will help the site selection committee narrow down the zones to a short list of potential locations.

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