The Ontario government is expanding services that will be offered at Stevenson Memorial Hospital as part of its redevelopment plan. With this next stage of approval completed, Ontario is one step closer to getting shovels in the ground to upgrade the hospital and improve access to care for patients and families in Simcoe County.
“With this redevelopment, Stevenson Memorial will be able to provide the people and families of Simcoe County the critical services they need closer to where they live,” said Premier Doug Ford.
In 2019, the government provided Stevenson Memorial Hospital with $1 million for Phase 1 of the hospital’s redevelopment. Since then, the hospital has worked closely with the province to finalize expanded services that will better meet the needs of patients and families. Once Phase 1 is completed, the redeveloped hospital will include:
- a new emergency department that is triple the size of the current department;
- expanded diagnostic and surgical services;
- a brand new birthing suite; and
- space to accommodate nine new inpatient beds at the hospital, increasing the total number of beds from 38 to 47.
“This is an exciting day for Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the community,” Jody Levac, president and CEO, Stevenson Memorial Hospital. “This approval represents one of the most significant milestones in our redevelopment journey. I thank Premier Ford and Minister Elliott, as well as the Ministry of Health for approving our Stage Two functional program submission and giving us permission to proceed to Stage Three design. This approval helps us move closer to the construction phase. New Tecumseth and the south Simcoe region continue to be some of the fastest growing regions in the province and we need our hospital to grow to meet the health care demands of our community.”
Ontario is working with Stevenson Memorial Hospital to progress to the next stage of the planning process, which includes designing the new redeveloped hospital and finalizing operational, space and funding requirements for the expanded services.
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