The shovel is in the ground for new hospital expansion!
by Sandy Lindsay

May 6, 2016


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Everyone crowds on to the Hospital lawn for the ceremony
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Hospital Foundation

Mother Nature cooperated with sunny skies as residents, health care staff and community organizations crowded on to the lawn of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton on Thursday, May 5th.

The occasion was the official 'sod turning' for the construction of the new Emergency Room (ER) and Lab expansion that will begin on May 16th (2016).

The expansion includes a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to the ER that will result in 11 modern private treatment rooms, a waiting room and a new lab area that will double in size.  In addition, there will also be a decontamination area for anyone exposed to hazardous material.

 "Saugeen Memorial Hospital has not been renovated for over 40 years, and we are very excited to be just days away from starting this long awaited expansion," said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of GBHS. "The expansion will allow us to better meet the needs of current patient volumes, and will provide room to accommodate future growth in the area served by Southampton Hospital."

The project will cost approximately $10 million, and is expected to take two years to complete.  As with all hospital expansion projects in Ontario, the provincial government has contributed 90 per cent of the funding and the remaining ten per cent is provided by the community.

"Today marks an incredible milestone for the future of health care in our community," said Tony Sheard, Southampton Chair of the Hospital Campaign. "We extend a heartfelt thank you to the many donors who have contributed to this project, including our largest donor, Bruce Power, who gave $500,000 for this expansion, and $500,000 for the renovation of the new Cancer Centre at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital."

Kevin Kelly, CFO Bruce Power

"I know how difficult it is to raise funds and investments for a project, but we share a passion for infrastructure in our communities and, particularly, for hospitals," said Bruce Power's CFO and interim President, Kevin Kelly.

Port Elgin Rotary completed its donation of $75,000

Society of Engineering Professionals donated $18,000

Southampton Legion has been a constant supporter of local hospital and health care

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Chief of Staff Dr. Tara Sommerville

Changes have already begun at the hospital with the closure of the gift shop and front entrance lobby area.

Phase one will see the ER addition completed first along with the new front entrance. During this phase, the front entrance to the hospital will be closed and visitors and staff will enter from the back of the hospital. The Lab will be renovated during phase two of the project.

Mayor Mike Smith

"I was raised in the house directly across the street from the hospital," said Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith, "and have seen all the changes made since 1955.  This is by far one of the most important changes for health care in our community and for keeping health care close to home."

It is anticipated that the project will be completed within two years and service will continue as usual.

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