DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Lakeridge Health has announced that a year-long renovation project at the Port Perry hospital is now complete.
The $4 million renovation project included making patient washrooms wider for patients who use a walker or a wheelchair, increasing the number of private rooms, the creation of four palliative care rooms, updating the medical gas system to meet current standards, increasing the size of the quiet room for families, renovating the lobby and adding sprinklers to the inpatient unit and the lobby.
“We knew we had to make changes to help staff in their daily work and to improve the quality of our patients’ experience,” Leslie Motz, vice president of clinical services and chief nursing executive, said.
Ms. Motz added that patient care was not impacted at all during the renovation.
Of the total $4 million, $3.25 million was raised by the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, including a $350,000 donation from the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry along with contributions of $187,500 from Scugog Township and the Region of Durham.
“Our hospital in this community is so important. What makes people like to live in our community is our hospital, our medical care and our education system. We have a top notch hospital here in Port Perry,” Scugog Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew said.
Dr. John Stewart, former president of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, thanked all of those who contributed to the campaign.
“When I arrived, one of the goals we had as a small group of physicians was that we wanted to be able to provide any care, that we could provide with good quality, within the community, so patients didn’t have to travel, and this is part of that journey,” he said.
Diane Martin, vice president of the Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary, said one of the things she learned during their campaign was that everyone in the Scugog community is “passionate about their hospital.”
“When we volunteers go out to raise funds with our tags and our tickets and our little donation box and our buckets, we don’t have to chase anyone for a donation. They come to us on the street,” she said.
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