Brockville – The official ground breaking ceremony for the Brockville General Hospital expansion was held on Wednesday morning.
Dignitaries on hand for the event included Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, on behalf of Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and Brockville Mayor David Henderson.
The new patient tower will accommodate additional inpatient units to help care for more patients who need complex continuing care, acute mental health and rehabilitation care. The redevelopment project also includes the renovation of existing buildings to increase support services such as food,environmental, and facilities services.
The new patient tower will increase capacity by 22 beds. In total, the hospital will have about 171 beds for patients, including:
29 mental health beds
32 complex continuing and palliative care beds
32 inpatient rehabilitation and restorative care beds.
The Ontario Government says it is investing up to $153 million in the redevelopment of the Brockville General Hospital project. In 2016-17, Brockville General Hospital had over 26,300 emergency department visits.
The re-development and expansion project will see some two decades of efforts to consolidate the city’s two hospitals into a single campus.
Hospital officials signed a contract worth $131.2 million back in March for the long-awaited expansion of the hospital, with the work beginning in late March.
Other speakers at the event included Brian Smith, vice-chairman of the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the regional agency that oversees BGH’s funding, and Heather Halladay, vice-chairwoman of the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation.