Visiting Brockville General Hospital’s expansion, Jim Cooper, Chair, Board of Directors, BGH; Heather Halladay, Chair, Board of Directors, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation; Patrick Sayeau, Warden, United Counties of Leeds Grenville; Mike Kalivas, Acting Major, City of Brockville; Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes; Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure; Dr. Rob Malone, Chief of Staff; Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; and Nick Vlacholias, President and CEO, BGH. – Submitted Photo
Brockville – On Friday, May 17th, Jim Cooper, Chair of Brockville General Hospital’s (BGH) Board of Directors welcomed Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to celebrate the Hospital’s Phase 2 Redevelopment Project.
The event celebrated the Hospital’s new addition reaching its full height, or topping off. This comes just 14 months after the initial groundbreaking.
“This project brings growth and opportunity for our hospital and community,” said Cooper.
Photo Courtesy of Chris Cochrane
“The redevelopment of the Brockville General Hospital will bring relief for families here in Ontario. Today, we are one step closer to ending hallway health care. We are protecting what matters most by making smart infrastructure investments.” – Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure.
“This is the largest public infrastructure investment in Brockville’s history and is exciting news for the Thousand Islands region. Brockville General Hospital is a cherished and vital institution in our community. We’re making this investment to ensure our frontline health-care providers have the facilities they need to continue providing excellent quality care to patients well into the future.” – Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
The five-storey, 175,000 square foot addition will see the transfer of services from BGH’s Garden Street site to a single campus at the Charles Street site. The new tower includes an emphasis on patient spaces including the latest hospital design, and environmentally friendly building components. The project will see an increase of 22 new beds. Programs located in the new tower will include Inpatient Mental Health, Complex Continuing Care, Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Restorative Care.
Cooper also shared that its people are the heart of the Hospital. “We couldn’t be one of the most efficient hospitals in Ontario without the professionalism and teamwork of our doctors, nurses, technicians and support teams. We rely on our system partners, like the primary care teams, regional hospitals and community agencies. We have the ability to achieve excellence together.”
To support the expansion the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation, the Hospital’s fundraising partner, has dedicated over $10 million thanks to the community’s generosity. The City of Brockville has committed over $4.7 million dollars for the project and the United Counties of Leeds Grenville contributing $2.125 million over 10 years.
The new tower is expected to be opened for patient care in spring 2020. The Hospital’s Garden Street site will be returned to its owners, the Sisters of Providence.