News on Kincardine’s hospital redevelopment project expected this week

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By Barb McKay

An announcement is expected today (Wednesday) on Kincardine’s hospital redevelopment project.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) President and CEO Paul Rosebush said an update on the project will be made this evening during the health centre’s board of directors meeting at the Chesley hospital.

“Word is expected any day on our redevelopment,” Rosebush told The Independent on Friday, adding that he was expecting good news.

Critical infrastructure upgrades are currently underway at the Kincardine site. In September 2016, the SBGHC received a $3 million Exceptional Circumstance Project Grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to replace aging equipment in the hospital. The Kincardine hospital is approximately 60 years old but some parts of the building are nearly a century old. Electrical, mechanical and architectural systems in the building need to be replaced.

Rosebush said four new boilers have been installed in the facility and backup generators have been put in place. Crews are in the process of swapping out the major chiller to cool the emergency department and laboratory area. When the work was scheduled to replace the chiller, average temperatures for the middle of September were expected to be in the mid to high teens.

Drew Braithwaite, maintenance supervisor for the Kincardine hospital, said the cooling system was taken offline just as last month’s hot spell kicked in, making the emergency department and laboratory area quite warm for a couple of days. Air conditioning was still connected to the hospital wing that houses patient rooms.

The SBGCH has been trying to obtain approval and funding from the province to redevelop the Kincardine hospital since 2011 and last year submitted a revised development plan.That new plan includes renovations to expand and enhance the emergency department, laboratory, registration and waiting areas and ambulatory care, along with other improvements throughout the hospital.