Barrie’s RVH is looking for a second campus location

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Barrie’s hospital – Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre – has run out of space and the
search is on for a new campus that will likely be built south of the city.

RVH CEO Janis Skot presented a vision for the second campus to Barrie City Council
last week. She expects the new facility will cost about $3 billion.

“RVH today is big, it's complex, it's very busy and it's a regional health centre logging over 576,000 patient visits every day," Skot said. "That's 1,500 people a day receiving care at RVH.”

The Barrie area – including Innisfil – is growing quickly. The population is forecast to
reach 268,000 in Barrie alone by 2041, 75,000 in the Innisfil area and 28,000 in
Springwater Township for a grand total of 371,000, according to numbers included in
RVH’s presentation.

A new, two-campus model is being pitched as the best expansion option.
At the same time, the current RVH on Georgian Drive will also expand. A new nine-
storey tower would add more than 800,000 square feet of space.

“RVH’s vision has evolved significantly, especially our approach to redevelopment of
the Georgian Drive facility,” Jason Teal, with RVH’s board of directors, told council.

“It’s a plan for the near future and for decades to come,” he added.

Five potential sites are under review for the southern campus – including the Highway
400 corridor, south-Barrie/north-Stroud, south-Stroud/Yonge Street corridor, south-
Alcona, and along the 6th Line at Yonge Street.

Officials are anticipating a south-campus health hub will open in about 10 years and
post-acute inpatient beds would be added five years late, with a full hospital operating
20 years from now. They have submitted a pre-capital submission to the province, the first of many steps in the planning process.

Construction of the combined RVH projects is expected to cost at least $2.5 billion. By 2026, RVH officials plan to add 91 beds at the north campus. By 2030, with the south
campus, the hospital would have a total of 626 beds, and then 943 by 2040.

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