BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry's hospital has received $375,000 worth of funding from Durham Region and Scugog Township, which will be put to use updating the aging rooms and fixtures used by patients in the Inpatient Nursing Unit.
At a recent Scugog Township council meeting, Regional Councilor Bobbie Drew announced that the Region of Durham has agreed to put up $187,500 towards renovations in Port Perry Hospital's outdated patient rooms. As per the 2014 budget, this figure will be matched by Scugog Township over the next five years.
"The spaces inside the Hospital will be refreshed and re-configured, to allow for more private rooms, accessibility, a new quiet room, and a patient kitchen," said Regional Councilor Drew. "Upgrades will also be made the electrical and gas lines in the patient-rooms, such as those used for oxygen and equipment."
Lakeridge Health Corporation, represented by CEO Kevin Empey, made a presentation in June of 2012 to inform Regional Council of the upcoming projects for all of the partner hospitals within LH Corp - including an amount for extensive work at the Port Perry Hospital.
The Port Perry Hospital Foundation originally requested a pledge from Scugog Township of $350,000 over five years. Regionl Councilor Drew then explained to Kevin Empey, CEO of Lakeridge Health Corporation, that the sum would be equal to over three per cent on Scugog's tax levy.
Regional Councilor Bobbie Drew explained, "We entered into negotiations with Lakeridge Health Corporation and the Region, which resulted in the Township matching the Region's portion."
According to Regional Councilor Drew, the funds for Scugog's pledge will be from the Commercial Fill Revenue Account, with no effect on the tax bill
This announcement, alongside the recently renovated and expanded Port Perry Medical Associates building across the street, is truly a boon for the Port Perry Hospital, the residents of Scugog at large and the future industrial, commercial and residential development.
"The Port Perry Hospital has felt very threatened in the past 15 years or so," said Regional Councilor Drew. "This show of cooperation between Scugog Township, Lakeridge Health, and the Hospital Foundation is a sign of the continuing viability of our hospital, and the positive light it shines on Scugog."
The Port Perry Hospital Foundation has begun their private donor campaign, and is expected to launch a public fundraising effort this fall. "The design phase has been signed off and the money has been approved, I foresee construction in the near future," said Regional Councilor Drew.