DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Lakeridge Health President and CEO Matthew Anderson updated Scugog residents and business owners on the status of the Port Perry hospital, at a Scugog Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast, held on Thursday, September 28th.
The local hospital has been closed since a fire broke out on the roof of the building in late August.
Mr. Anderson said the crews were finished the work on the roof construction project when the fire broke out.
“The project had come to an end and they were just doing some last touch ups,” he said.
The fire heavily damaged mechanical and electrical systems in the hospital.
“The fire broke through into the mechanical room. It’s an older hospital, older design, which meant all of our electrical and all of our mechanical, all of our environmental systems were all in one room. All of them have been destroyed, or were heavily damaged, by the fire,” Mr. Anderson continued.
The hospital is currently undergoing asbestos remediation.
“Right now, because of that fire, it exposed asbestos. Right now, before we do anything, we have to deal with asbestos removal,” Mr. Anderson told those in attendance.
He also thanked the Port Perry Hospital Foundation for the work they are doing.
“The Port Perry foundation is simply phenomenal. Now that we’ve had this tragedy of a fire, they are even more phenomenal.”
Mr. Anderson promised, Lakeridge Health is dedicated to re-opening the Port Perry hospital.
“Port Perry hospital is going to re-open again, there is absolutely no question about it. There’s no other plan being considered,” he assured.
However, he stressed the hospital will not reopen until it is safe for patients.
“We are not going to open the hospital until we are certain that we are not going to have another fire.”
Work on the hospital is still expected to run into, at least, the spring or summer of 2018, but, Mr. Anderson shared, they are still months away from having an exact timeline.
Still, Mr. Anderson stated, something positive did come from this fire.
“Between us and the foundation, we had two years worth of projects to do at the Port Perry hospital. There’s only so many things you can do when you have a busy E.R. and a busy New Life Centre, and we don’t have that right now. So, we are looking at how many projects can we accelerate.”
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