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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Orillia Moving Ahead With Plans For New Hospital

Orillia | by Bayshore News Staff  

The City and the Hospital say they remain committed to moving the project forward.

With project costs anticipated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and substantial multi-year economic spin-off benefits boosting employment and community growth, the City of Orillia and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital have a shared interest in planning toward construction of a new hospital in Orillia over the next decade, followed by redevelopment of the existing Hospital site.    

Fresh off a consultant’s report detailing the Hospital’s significant economic benefit to the community, presented to City Council yesterday, the City and the Hospital remain committed to moving the project forward.    

Mayor Steve Clarke said, "We know that a new hospital in Orillia is important to the OSMH Board of Directors in order to align the hospital with the Province’s new model for delivering health care and meet growing patient care needs. It will also impact future development patterns, travel behaviors and spin-off benefits to Orillia. This report provides the City and the Hospital with valuable information as we continue to move forward together on this very important project."

One element of the consultant’s report identifies the potential economic spin-off benefits of remediating and developing brownfield sites, similar to the where the City is constructing its new recreation centre. 

A preferred location to build a new hospital in Orillia has not been identified.  

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