Province gives SBGHC green light to start planning for Kincardine hospital redevelopment


By Barb McKay

The Kincardine hospital redevelopment project has been approved to move into the planning phase.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) President and CEO Paul Rosebush announced last Wednesday evening that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has given the health centre the green light to proceed with the first stage of planning for the $30 million project. The ministry also provided a $500,000 planning grant.

“We are on a real path to redevelopment,” Rosebush said. “We’ve worked long and hard to get to this stage.”

This first planning phase is one of four stages the SBGHC must work through before construction can begin (the fifth and final stage). Rosebush said the health centre will build a business case and provide the ministry with details of the redevelopment and what the hospital will ultimately look like. This first stage is expected to take a year to complete.

Rosebush stressed that there are still several approvals required before any construction begins.

“Every stage has to be approved by the ministry before it can move to the next stage.”

The health centre submitted a capital request to the ministry in July 2016 to address the Kincardine hospital’s aging infrastructure. The redevelopment proposal includes renovations to expand and enhance the emergency department, laboratory, registration and waiting areas and ambulatory care, along with other improvements throughout the hospital.

“Everyone is overjoyed,” Rosebush said. “Getting to this point is a real achievement.”

Rosebush said the board is grateful for the support from Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and the Municipality of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss Township councils for lobbying the province to approve the redevelopment project.

“They never gave up on us. They always brought their case to their counterparts.”