Wilson: planning grants positive step for local hospital redevelopmentsPublished on February 12, 2018
MPP Jim Wilson is appreciative the provincial government has finally responded to his numerous requests to release planning grant funding for expansion projects in Collingwood and Alliston, but says there still is a lot of work to do.
“This is a good start and a positive step. The hospitals in Collingwood and Alliston each have spent more than $1.2 million of their own money on redevelopment planning,” said Wilson. “I appreciate the $500,000 for each hospital announced today, but would like to remind the government there is a long way to go through the five stages of planning, which will cost up to $12 million.”
The province announced that both Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital would receive $500,000 each to help plan for a redevelopment in Alliston and a new hospital in Collingwood.
Wilson has been calling for the government to release the planning grants for quite some time. His private members resolution on the matter passed unanimously through the Legislature in June 2017.
“This is a great first symbolic step, but there is a lot more that has to be done. I will continue to pressure this government to recognize the very real need for the redevelopment of both of these hospitals,” said Wilson.
Hospital officials were pleased by the announcement.
“We are truly grateful to hear that a planning grant is forthcoming and thank the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for recognizing the great need in our community for a new hospital,” said Norah Holder, President and CEO of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. “This will assist us in the development and planning for our growing community of 60,000 permanent and 3.5 million visitors each year.”
“Today’s announcement is a big step forward for our hospital and our community,” said Jody Levac, President and CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital. “I want to thank the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for recognizing our hospital’s need for redevelopment and providing essential funding to help us bring a renewed vision and revitalized hospital to our community.”