Ontario Construction News staff writer
Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston has cleared another hurdle on the way to a major redevelopment project. With the stage two functional program submission approved, the hospital will begin the design process.
“This is an exciting day for Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the community. This approval represents one of the most significant milestones in our redevelopment journey,” said Jody Levac, SMH president and CEO
“This approval helps us move closer to the construction phase. New Tecumseth and the south Simcoe region continue to be some of the fastest growing regions in the province and we need our hospital to grow to meet the health care demands of our community.”
The next stage of the planning process, which includes designing the new redeveloped hospital that will double the size of the current facility, and finalizing operational, space and funding requirements for the expanded services.
In 2019, the Ontario government provided Stevenson Memorial Hospital with $1 million for Phase 1 of the hospital’s redevelopment. Since then, expanded services have been approved. When Phase 1 is completed, the redeveloped hospital will include:
- a new emergency department that is triple the size of the current department;
- expanded diagnostic and surgical services;
- a brand new birthing suite; and
- space to accommodate nine new inpatient beds at the hospital, increasing the total number of beds from 38 to 47.
“Investing in Stevenson Memorial Hospital is a key part of our government’s plan to build a stronger, more resilient health care system and end hallway health care for all Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, health minister. “Patients and families in Simcoe County can look forward to a new and expanded services that will benefit them for generations to come.”
Stevenson Memorial Hospital provides care to nearly 40,000 patients in its emergency department every year. To support high-quality care in Simcoe County, the Ontario government is increasing Stevenson Memorial Hospital’s operating funding for the third straight year.