The provincial health and long-term care ministry released the $500,000 Stage 1 Planning Grant funds to Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH). The money has been used to prepare the responses to questions remaining from the October 2015 Stage 1 submission and in the preparation of the Draft Stage 2 submission. The grant represents a significant step forward toward a redeveloped SMH.
“We are thrilled to have the ministry’s support for this critical next step towards our redevelopment,” says Jody Levac, SMH president and CEO.
Over the past year, SMH has worked in close collaboration with the Central Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) in addressing the questions that arose from the Stage 1 submission. In addition, SMH continues to work collaboratively with the minister’s office, Capital Branch and the CLHIN in ensuring the planned redevelopment meets the growth and medical needs of the surrounding community.
“Our government is investing in essential health care infrastructure projects so that patients and families have access to quality care when and where they need it,” said Christine Elliott, health and long-term care minister. “This planning grant will help Stevenson Memorial Hospital advance the capital planning process for future growth of the hospital so that it can continue to provide the high-quality care that New Tecumseth and all of the surrounding communities expect and deserve.”
The redevelopment of SMH was the top political issue for the community in the most recent provincial election. The plan includes increasing the size of SMH from 72,000 square feet to more than 161,000 square feet, in addition to significant investment in essential equipment upgrades. The planned improvements and upgrades are necessary, as the communities that SMH serves are projected to grow from 73,000 to more than 100,000 in the next 13 years.
Visit transformingstevenson.ca for more information on the hospital’s redevelopment plans and how to support them.