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Community prefers existing site for new hospital

Feedback received from the community about where the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital should be located was overwhelmingly in favour of the existing site.

The planning committee will take the recommendation to the QHC board’s meeting June 27.

Community meetings and discussions with a focus group consisting of 35 community leaders, health care partners, staff and physicians were held along with a month-long online survey that net 339 responses. Approximately 120 people attended a community open house.

“PEC residents have always been greater supporters of their local hospital, so we were not surprised by the excellent community participation in this decision-making process,” said Susan Rowe, QHC Senior Director. “While most people tend to prefer the existing hospital site, we also heard loud and clear that the number one priority is to see a new PECMH built, regardless of exactly where it is located.”

The most common reasons for supporting the existing site:
The proximity to the family health team and other services,
Closer for walking to the hospital and a less expensive taxi ride
Easier to find and easier to see from the main road
Familiarity with existing site
Closer for emergency services

The minority supporting the greenfield site by the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home saw the benefits of the idyllic setting– close to nature and less road traffic. They also felt it was easier for construction and would have less impact on the existing hospital during construction.

Concerns about both sites were expressed. Some felt the existing site offered less room for parking and future expansion, and expressed concern about the disruption on hospital operations during the construction. Concerns with the greenfield site included the distance, harder for people to find, and the single access road.

Rowe said the project steering committee is taking a wide range of factors into consideration, including input from 450 residents as part of the community engagement process, and will present the findings to the QHC Board at the June 27 meeting from 5-7 p.m. at the Wellington arena. If approved, the QHC Board will recommend the existing site to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as part of the ‘stage 1b’ submission—which is the next step of the capital planning approval process.

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  1. Jim says:

    So where does the money come to staff this behemoth. People have short memories. I’m not positive, but water rings a bell, and then there’s the cavernous duke dome which sits empty most of the time??

  2. ADJ says:

    I agree that would be an ideal location if there was both water and sewage there and enough electric service. Presently only water running to Bloomfield.

  3. david smith says:

    The most logical site is neither of the two being considered. It should be sited near Waring’s Corners for easier access from the western (growing) part of the County.
    Just ask the EMS drivers.

  4. Dave says:

    The old site would be a wise choice for the people of Prince Edward County.

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