This article appeared in the May 2022 issue of The Link. To receive Oak Valley Health’s community newsletter, subscribe now.
On April 22, 2022, Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO, Oak Valley Health was joined by the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, the Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge, and Chrissy Farrell, local resident and past patient, for a significant announcement for Uxbridge Hospital and the community.
From a new medical office/ambulatory building, up-to-date hospital services, and future plans for long-term care, Oak Valley Health’s Uxbridge Hospital has had significant announcements over the last two years, allowing the organization to continue planning for a one-stop shop health care hub in Uxbridge.
The latest announcement was an investment of $2.5 million to finish construction planning, allow the project of a new modernized hospital to move forward. This brings the total investment to $3 million.
“The energy is felt amongst staff and the community, this is a huge next step to support the planning on an interconnected hospital campus,” says Elena Pacheco, Vice-President Planning and Transformation.
The project is planned to add 11 new beds for a total of 31 beds at the Oak Valley Health Uxbridge Hospital, where we provide diagnostic and emergency services to more than 23,000 patients per year. In addition, the long-term care home is planned to accommodate 92 new beds for a total of 192 long-term care beds. The new facility will replace ReachView Village facility. The redeveloped hospital will also expand key services, including diagnostic imaging, cardiorespiratory services, and laboratory and pharmacy services.
“The aim in having the three facilities located together in a hub model is to improve every aspect of care,” says Elena. “It means we can share resources, our internal laboratory can help out when long-term-care residents need it, and they wouldn’t have to leave to see primary care or get tests.”
The plan is currently entering the final design phase and will then move to tender. If all goes to plan, we should see shovels in the ground within the next year and a half.
On April 6, 2022, we held our first Virtual Community Town Hall. The event was co-hosted by our President and CEO, Jo-anne Marr, and Vice President of Planning and Transformation, Elena Pacheco. They shared an update on the pandemic’s impact on health services as well as future capital redevelopment plans for the organization’s Markham Stouffville Hospital and Uxbridge Hospital.
If you weren’t able to take part, you can watch the recording here.
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