Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes hos­pi­tal confir­med by health mi­nis­ter

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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.

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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.

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