Chart Construction breaks ground on Kawartha Lakes health centre

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Glenn Wilcox, Michael Anderson and Laurie Scott holding shovels. Back row, L to R: Barb Mildon, CEO, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, June Widdis, Building Committee Member, Ailan McKenzie, Project Lead and Healthcare Specialist, Lett Architects Inc., Diane Cairns, Chair, Community Care Foundation Board, Melinda Gilmour, Director of Clinical Services, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes (CCCKL) has broken ground on a new community health centre construction project last week.

The building, located across from the Ross Memorial Hospital, will be home to the new centre, including primary health care services, a dental clinic with three operatories, and office space for clinical and some administrative staff.

Construction of the 16,242 sq. ft. building is expected to take 13 months, until the spring of 2023. Lett Architects Inc. of Peterborough designed the building, and Chart Construction Company of Woodbridge is the builder.

“Today we’ve taken a step forward not only as Community Care, but as a community,” said Michael Anderson, chair of Community Care’s board of directors.

“It’s a step toward health equity, quality care for those who need it, and toward fulfilling our mission of building healthy communities through care and support.”

Ontario’s Ministry of Health provided $14 million in capital funding for the new building including the land purchase, demolition of the old OPP building on the site and construction.

“Community Care is a vital part of this community, and we’re so pleased to be part of making this dream a reality,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

Planning started over a decade ago and for the first time in its 36-year history, CCCKL will construct its own, purpose-built building dedicated to providing quality primary and dental care for clients through the CHC Model of Health and Wellbeing.

 

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