By Barb McKay
The Kincardine hospital renovation project has received an unexpected funding boost.
Bruce Power donated $1 million to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre for the Kincardine hospital redevelopment project. (Barb McKay photo)
During a 13th anniversary celebration for Bruce Power Friday morning, president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne announced that the company would donate $1 million to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) specifically for the project. The announcement was made in front of a room full of local dignitaries who gathered at the Bruce Power Visitor Centre to help celebrate the anniversary.
SBGHC president and CEO Paul Rosebush was overjoyed by news of the donation, which came just two weeks after the health centre board decided to essentially go it alone to redevelop the aging hospital. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made it clear that rebuilding the Kincardine hospital is not on its priority list, at least for the next several years.
“We could not redevelop the Kincardine hospital without the support of Bruce Power and its employees,” Rosebush said. “This will be well invested. It will lead to a great redevelopment and I can’t wait to show it to you when it gets started.”
Rosebush said the SBGHC hopes to move forward fairly quickly with the project, which will include an overhaul of the hospital’s interior with a new emergency room, new diagnostic imaging unit and laboratory. The ambulatory care unit will be moved from the second floor to the first floor.
A proposal for the project is expected to be completed in May. It will be presented to the board for approval before it is passed on to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s capital planning branch for approval.
Rosebush has said that this project will be a significantly less costly undertaking than a rebuild and the majority of the funds can be raised locally. The
“It’s been a behavioural trait of Bruce Power to support the community,” he said.
Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer and deputy mayor Anne Eadie attended the anniversary celebration.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Eadie said. “I had no idea what was coming. This is the best step forward we’ve had in a long time.”
“It’s surely needed,” Kraemer said. “It clearly demonstrates Bruce Power’s dedication to our community. They continue to contribute to key assets in our community and we are very appreciative.”
Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan said the investment in the Kincardine hospital shows that Bruce Power is here to stay. Redeveloping the Kincardine hospital, he said, improves the quality of health care in the community and makes the region more attractive for people looking to relocate.
“This investment makes younger families want to make that kind of transition to
Bruce Power donated another $1 million to Grey Bruce Health Services. The funds will be used to renovate and improve the chemotherapy unit at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital, as well as an expansion of the emergency department at the Southampton site.