UPDATE 10/28/16: It could be at least 2 years before a location for the new Collingwood G&M hospital is firm, council said in a statement. They say that Collingwood is fulfilling its role in the hospital redevelopment process by completing its due diligence, and that the town’s choice to conduct a review has not posed concerns or delayed the project.
UPDATE 10/05/16: Good news! The complete Stage 1 A/B Master Plan was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on Friday. The council’s goal was to meet the September 30th deadline, which they did after the board’s approval the day before.
UPDATE 09/14/16: We spoke to Collingwood’s Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson about the discussions at Monday’s town council meeting. Find the clip below:
UPDATE: 09/13/16: The Collingwood council has officially voted to give unanimous support to the proposal of redeveloping the local G&M Hospital. But the town has yet to vote in support of the hospital’s preferred site of Poplar Sideroad. After discussions at yesterday’s council meeting, it has been decided that a consultant is going to be hired to evaluate the information that the hospital board provided about the location.
UPDATE 09/08/16: On Tuesday, mayors and representatives of the Collingwood Hospital’s four service municipalities met at the hospital to come to a consensus on how best to assist the re-development project. The group reached an agreement to support the $400 million hospital redevelopment project, and there was unanimous support for the Stage 1 Master Plan application. The Mayor of Wasaga Beach says: “right now, our goal is to ensure that we meet the September 30th deadline for submission to the Ministry.”
UPDATE 09/02/16: This week, we spoke to the Mayor of Collingwood, Sandra Cooper. Cooper speaks to the ongoing debates over the new hospital location in the audio clip below.
UPDATE 08/31/16: The Collingwood council has said that they support a re-developed hospital, but want more details on the proposed site of Poplar Sideroad. The mayor of Wasaga Beach has said that he is disappointed with the recommended site but will continue to support the facility. The Collingwood council will continue to review the benefits of the Poplar Sideroad location over the current location before making a final decision.
Debates concerning the new location for Collingwood’s General and Marine Hospital have been surrounding our area for weeks. But if you haven’t been keeping track, you may not understand why everyone is up in arms over the discussion. Here’s a summary – or crash course, if you will – on the subject.
Discussions for a new hospital began a few months ago, when it became clear that the existing demand for hospital services has the current facility running over capacity. This sparked plans for a larger facility which is a 10-year process through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, taking two years to build the new hospital itself.
The redevelopment team was looking at eight potential sites for the new hospital, and have now narrowed it down to three: the existing site which would need to be expanded, a large piece of land on Poplar Side Road, or moving to a location in Wasaga Beach. Of course, many residents hope that it will stay in Collingwood.
In June, the Collingwood council had voted for the hospital to remain in its current location with an expansion. However, the new location proposed by the hospital board is Poplar Sideroad and the council is therefore reviewing the benefits of each option to make a decision.