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New County hospital moves to pre-procurement stage

Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital redevelopment has been moved from the planning stage, to the pre-procurement stage.

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith said Infrastructure Ontario’s latest quarterly update includes analysis of projects the province has committed to through the public-private partnership funding model, including projections about timelines and cost. Some 40 projects across Ontario are included in the report with an estimated value of more than $60 billion.

Specifically, Infrastructure Ontario is anticipating that a Request for Qualifications to build the new hospital will come in spring 2021 with a Request for Proposals following in winter 2022.

Contracting is expected in 2023, though the Ministry of Health continues to review timing and cost details in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The inclusion comes on the heels of Smith’s announcement in June that the province has moved the project to Stage 3 in a five-step capital approvals process.

“The inclusion of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in this latest update is welcome news for our community,” said Smith. “It is proof that our government recognizes the importance of this project for health-care delivery in the region and is prepared to move forward. Further, this project will provide an economic boost for local tradespeople during the construction phase.”

The province will commit to funding 90 per-cent of capital costs for construction of the 18-bed facility, while the funding model tasks the community to raise the balance and provide funding for new equipment.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) continues its Back The Build campaign to raise its estimated share of $16.5 million. To date, more than $11.3 million has been pledged. Smith is encouraging residents to visit to learn how they can support the project.

Stakeholders with Quinte Health Care, the PECMHF, and Prince Edward County expressed satisfaction that the redevelopment is among the priority projects reaching the pre-procurement stage.

“It takes a significant effort and collaboration to get to this exciting point of our mission to build a new Quinte Health Care Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital,” said Brad Harrington, QHC vice-president and chief financial officer. “We are immensely grateful to the Ontario government and to MPP Todd Smith for the unwavering support we have received for a new hospital to serve the residents and visitors of Prince Edward County for generations to come.”

“I am absolutely thrilled with the market update!” said Shannon Coull, PECMHF executive director. “This is another significant milestone as we move through the building process. Our new hospital in Prince Edward County is moving ahead because of the important partnerships and collaborations involving the municipality, provincial government, Prince Edward Family Health Team, PECMH Auxiliary, Quinte Health Care and our incredible donors. We are full steam ahead – and, we truly are building Ontario together.”

Steve Ferguson, Mayor of Prince Edward County, stated “A redeveloped Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is vital for the health and well-being of the community. I am pleased to see the continued progress of this vital project and the ongoing support from the provincial government.”

Smith was also pleased to see that a significant redevelopment project at Kingston General Hospital, which provides more acute health-care services to Bay of Quinte residents, and an expansion to Napanee’s Quinte Detention Centre, which could provide additional employment for local residents, were also included for procurement within the next three years.

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