GBHS officials await OK from province on Markdale hospital
Grey Bruce Health Services is hoping to learn soon from the Ontario government that the organization can proceed to the next stage of the Markdale hospital planning process.
GBHS President and CEO Lance Thurston said Wednesday that they are anticipating a letter imminently from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with details on how to proceed on the project.
“The Markdale hospital, we have been assured, is still proceeding through the ministry approval process,” said Thurston. “They have not been ordered to lay their pens down and stop working on it.”
Q & A on the New Hospital
- 24/7 Emergency Department
- 4 patient beds
- Procedures Room
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Outpatient Rehabilitation
- Ambulatory care services
As mentioned earlier, we have also requested a palliative care room. This was not included in the original announcment made by the Minister of Health in September 2014 when we were granted approval to proceed with plans for a new hospital. An important part of the programming of the new hospital and the services it will offer will be the working relationships we develop and maintain with the Community Health Centre, primary care providers, Grey Gables long-term care facility and community and social agencies.
This could include:
• Patients with an exacerbation of a chronic condition (e.g. COPD)
• Trauma patients where surgery and transport must be arranged
• Patients with chest pain who are awaiting results of testing
• Patients requiring blood transfusions
• Mental health patients who are waiting to be seen by the regional Urgent Response Team
The need for these beds will be compounded in winter months when travel is difficult.
While the beds are intended for shorter stays, the actual length of stay for a patient will depend on the particulars of their case, the demand for beds and the circumstances being faced by the hospital at any given time.
Change is not easy.
Please keep in mind that although the approved model may not be to our full liking it is an enormous opportunity for GBHS and the Centre Grey community that is not being made available by the Province to many other communities. Health care dollars are increasingly scarce, particularly new investments in rural health care.
To build a new hospital and offer the services that were approved in September of 2014 will cost over $50 million. GBHS will continue to infuse over $10 million directly into the local economy every year through wages and benefits. This is a significant investment in Grey Bruce and is certainly worth celebrating. We have the opportunity to solidify Markdale’s role in providing quality health care for generations to come.
If you would like to send us a question about the new hospital, please send it to email@example.com.
Click here to read the provincial government’s September 2014 announcement about the new hospital.
GBHS staff met with Ministry of Health officials to advance approvals for the new Markdale Hospital. Read a summary from the meeting here.