Thursday, the Southampton hospital is opening the doors on its brand new Emergency Department.
The 10,000 square foot addition includes 12 treatment rooms to care for the 17,000 patient visits every year.
This is Phase 1 of the project, with Phase 2 involving a 10,000 square foot renovation, which will see the hospital Laboratory double in size, and includes a new space for the Auxiliary Gift Shop.
Work on that phase has already begun, and will be finished in late 2018.
Both the ER and Lab have been designed to accommodate modern medical equipment, improved patient flow, and enhanced workspace for staff, physicians and volunteers.
President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, Lance Thurston says it is a very exciting day for the organization and a significant boost to healthcare services in Saugeen Shores.
He says they are extremely grateful to the community and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation for supporting the project.
Chief of the Emergency Room, Dr. David Billings says the new ER will allow staff and physicians to more efficiently serve the current volume of patients, and it provides room to meet the future needs of their growing communities.
The total project will cost approximately $10 million, with the provincial government contributing 90 per cent and the remaining ten per cent coming through the Foundation from the community.
Bruce Power is the largest contributor at $500,000.