May 7, 2019 @ 3:55PM
South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) has submitted the Stage 1 report for the redevelopment of the Kincardine hospital to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The preparation of this 1,800 page report has been a significant undertaking, and is the first in a series of five steps the ministry requires in its capital planning process.
After receiving approval from the MOHLTC in July 2017 to proceed with the first of the five-stage capital planning process, SBGHC has been actively working with a comprehensive project team, staff, physicians and the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation to prepare the submission.
The Stage 1 submission includes a detailed Master Plan (20-year vision of program and service elements) and a Master Program (physical and cost elements).
With the upcoming Major Component Replacement Project at the Bruce Power Nuclear Facility, the population of the Kincardine area will increase significantly in the coming years, with a corresponding increase in demand on our emergency department, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory services.
The project is a phased redevelopment, with the first phase of the project focusing on the outpatient areas of the hospital – an expansion of the ER, Diagnostic Imaging (including space for a CT scanner), Lab and Registration, and bringing the Ambulatory Care Clinics down to the main level. The second phase of the redevelopment, which will not occur for several years, will include primarily the inpatient unit.
A preliminary drawing of Phase 1 is below.
If the Stage 1 proposal is approved by the MOHLTC, SBGHC will move on to Stage 2 of the capital planning process, the development of the Functional Program.
What are the next steps for this project?
There are five-stages in the MOHLTC’s Capital Redevelopment Process. Our Stage 1 proposal was submitted to the MOHLTC in April 2019 for review and approval to the proceed to Stage 2. We expect that this will take approximately six months.
If the project is approved, how much of the cost will come from community donations?
For any hospital redevelopment project in Ontario, the Ministry of Health covers 90% of the construction costs. The remaining 10% of the construction and ancillary costs, plus 100% of the equipment costs must come from local community fundraising.
What is the role of the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation?
The Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation raises funds to support local health care and to purchase state of the art medical equipment. The Foundation has committed to raising the local share of the redevelopment project.
Have you considered building a new hospital instead of redeveloping the existing building?
As part of the Stage 1 proposal, an extensive analysis was completed on multiple master planning options, including rebuilding the hospital on the existing site, and rebuilding the hospital on a new site. The conclusion of the analysis was that a phased redevelopment of the existing hospital was the most cost-effective option, the best use of resources, and the most likely to receive Ministry approval to proceed.