[New Tecumseth, ON – May 3, 2022] The Ministry of Health is providing Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) with a planning grant of $6 million to support costs associated with completing a Stage 3 proposal for a redeveloped hospital. Stage 3 includes detailed design work that will finalize the layout of the new expansion (Phase 1) and how it will integrate with the existing infrastructure.
“This funding from the Ministry of Health will support our work towards completing a Stage 3 proposal, which is very exciting for us,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “Costs associated with infrastructure projects are rising significantly, so this funding couldn’t be more important to us at this time.”
The phased redevelopment project will feature a 100,000 square foot wrap-around expansion, doubling the square footage of the current hospital. The Emergency Department will triple in size, featuring a separate entrance and two ambulance bays. Inpatient beds will increase from 38 to 47 with a majority being isolation rooms, following best practices in infection prevention and control. The surgical suite, birthing unit, pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic imaging units will all be expanded. The repurposing and revitalization of the hospital’s current building will follow as a second phase of the project.
The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) launched the $43 million Because of you, we can Capital Campaign in 2019 in support of the redevelopment project, as well as funds needed to support critical equipment and technology upgrades. Of their goal, $30 million represents the local share required to be raised for the redevelopment project, with a cost estimate of close to $200 million for the new expansion and revitalization of the current building. The SMHF is pleased to have reached over 60 per cent of their fundraising goal.
For more information about SMH’s redevelopment project, please visit www.stevensonhospital.ca.