DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Lakeridge Health expects to re-open the Port Perry Hospital in September of 2018, just after Labour Day.
The announcement was made on Friday, Dec. 15th. Lakeridge Health expects the construction and restoration of the building to be complete in July, and then open the doors to patients in early September.
Vice President Christine Nuernberger said when the restoration is complete in July, the focus will then turn to the remaining prep work to prepare for the reopening, which is expected to take about eight weeks.
“There’s a considerable amount of work that needs to be done to make sure we are ready and operational.”
This includes preparing the building, doing a terminal clean, sterilizing all clinical areas, re-stocking hospital inventory and testing and re-certifying all medical equipment.
The hospital has been closed since late August, when a fire broke out on the roof of the facility, heavily damaging the building’s electrical and mechanical systems.
Restoration work on the hospital includes the construction and installation of a new boiler room, HVAC system and power plant, according to the press release from Lakeridge Health.
“While we work to reopen Port Perry Hospital as soon as possible, this also gives us the opportunity to do some additional upgrades during the temporary closure, which will enhance the patient experience and make the hospital a more modern health care facility,” Lakeridge Health President and CEO Matthew Anderson said, in a press release.
Ms. Nuernberger stressed, they have been “very mindful to make sure none of those things impact” their opening date.
Valentine Lovekin, Lakeridge Health Board Chair, thanked the Port Perry physicians and clinical staff.
“Port Perry physicians and clinical staff, who are caring for patients at other hospital sites, have consistently demonstrated Lakeridge Health values, during the temporary closure: compassion, innovation, courage and trust. Thank you to the staff and community partners for their ongoing commitment to provide safe, quality care during this time,” she said in a press release.
Regarding whether there is anything planned for the official re-opening, Ms. Nuernberger told the community to “stay tuned.”
“There is definitely a community wide celebration that is due,” she said.
To follow the progress of the Port Perry hospital restoration, go on-line, to www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca.
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