Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital confirmed by health minister
Health and social services minister Dr. Yves Bolduc delivered an early Christmas present to Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents Monday when he confirmed that an estimated $40 million hospital will be built in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
There is no doubt that we will go ahead with the project, Bolduc said Monday, adding it should take two to three years for the initial ground breaking and another three to five years for the construction to be completed.
The hospital will serve the region's 23 municipalities that are home to 133,886 people (as of January 1, 2010) according to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC.
It was also announced Monday that the new facility will be built on land in Vaudreuil-Dorion and will be based on architectural plans used to build the PierreLe GardeurHospital, located in Lachenaie.
The price for the new hospital, expected to offer 247 beds, is estimated to be more than $40 million, noted a press release issued by the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Health and Social Services Centre, CSSS.
The announcement, that was met with a wave of applause from supporters, came just 20 days after the CSSS's annual public assembly where a site for the hospital was confirmed.
Last March, a volunteer driven Citizens' Committee for the CSSS de VaudreuilSoulanges Hospital organized a public information campaign in most of the 23 MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges towns.
The group's aim was to demonstrate the ability to mount a citizen initiative, make local people aware of the campaign's importance, ensure transparency in the process and prove the region's desire to see a hospital built.
Gilbert Beaulieu (left), president of the CSSS Administrative Council, Vaudreuil MNA Yvon Marcoux, Heath Minister Yves Bolduc and Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois announced the region's first hospital Monday.