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The Latest On Kincardine Hospital Plans

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Plans have had "a number of false starts" in the past couple of years.

The Kincardine Hospital redevelopment carousel continues.

Kincardine councillors were brought up to date on the next plan of attack to get the hospital redevelopment to the next level.

CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Michael Barrett admits any plans for a hospital redevelopment has had "a number of false starts" in the past couple of years.

Barrett says one day they're making progress and then another day, the plan is being pushed back again.

He says they're making the project look more attractive to the Ontario Health and Long Term Care Ministry by phasing in the work.

The first phase will re-work the Emergency Department, diagnostic imaging, labs and ambulatory care, followed by phase 2 which will focus on the in-patient side of things.

Parallel to this, the group is working at getting a CT Scanner at a cost of almost 5-million-dollars which won't be affectd by redevelopment.

Barrett says if the CT work needs to go ahead, they'll create a temporary structure "which will allow it to be put in place prior to the hospital being developed."

He says the Life Extension Project at Bruce Power and the subsequent population growth will have an impact on the hospital.

Barrett says studies show E-D vists will increase from just over 14,600 now, to just over 21,600 in 2027/28.

In the same time period, diagnostic imaging procedures will increase from 16,000 today to over 29,400 in 2027/28.

The SBGHC is expected to make its redevelopment submission to the ministry by April of this year.

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